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Step 8. Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Jacob February 16, 2021
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A screenshot of the default WordPress dashboard.
A screenshot of the default WordPress dashboard.

As one final note before we get into the nitty-gritty advanced part of setting up your website, you should also take a few moments to further familiarize yourself with the three cornerstones of your WordPress website:

  • Posts – Posts are short, procedurally designed pages that often center on one key point or topic. For example, you could write a post on the best way to make a cup of coffee, or make an announcement about a recent award your business won.
  • Media – All images, documents, and other similar files are accessible in the Media tab in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Pages – Pages are “one-off” pieces of content that act to meet user intent. For example, your Contact page allows users to send you messages, while your About page conveys information about your business and its history.

When you’re building out your website, it’s often wise to plan out what content you plan to create and where this content best meets the expectations of your users.

For example, it’s considered unprofessional to put your contact page in a blog post, and it’s similarly a bad idea to create a new page for every post you want to add to your blog.

This is because each of these actions circumvent the native workflows present in WordPress sites (and because they go against what your users expect from your site).