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What WP-Admin is and why you should use it

WP-Admin is the admin dashboard area of a WordPress powered website. It is used for all self-hosted WordPress sites and if you’re on WordPress.com you can access it too!

If you’re using Self-hosted WordPress you should already be familiar with this dashboard, since it’s the only one available. But, if you’re on WordPress.com you may not have seen it yet, because WordPress.com uses their own custom interface.

The WordPress.com interface

If you’re using WordPress.com, then your admin area will most likely look something like this:

It’s a beautifully designed interface that gives a simple overview of the most-used settings for your blog, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this layout.

However, some things have been organized a bit inefficiently. Like I mentioned in the “How to setup your menu” post, finding the Menu-setting in this design is a bit of a mess, as you would first have to enter the “Customize your theme” area.

We recommend that you use the “WP-Admin” dashboard, whenever you’re working on your blog. It’s the same layout you’re using when you’re Self-hosted, so if you have that planned for the future, you might as well get used to it now. Besides that, it’s a much more logical way of navigating the backend of WordPress.

The WP-Admin interface

Not much different, other than a slightly different design and a few more visible settings, the WP-admin area looks like this:

A quick an easy way to enter this Admin area, is simply by adding /wp-admin/ to the end of your blog url. So if you blog domain is: testdomain.com, then you just go to testdomain.com/wp-admin. If your URL is testblog.wordpress.com, then you will go to testblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin. Very simple.

Why is it better to use?

Like mentioned, it’s essentially exactly the same dashboard you have on WordPress.com, just in a different design with some of the options easier accessible, or simply more features available.

For example: If you’re writing a post or page in the WP.Com dashboard, it will look like this:

It has a stylish, minimalist design and pretty much has the basic options you need available in the right sidebar.

Let’s have a look at how writing a post using WP-Admin looks here:

The first impression, is of course that it looks a bit more “cluttered” and not so pretty as the other one, but that’s simply because you suddenly have a whole lot of more options available.

One of the options you are missing when using the WordPress.com interface, is “revisions” – which is the ability to go back to earlier versions of posts/pages you’ve written.

An example on how to use that would be: You’ve written a long post, then suddenly you make a mistake, delete a long section and by mistake publishes it. You then later find out, “oh no, I deleted something”. With revisions, you can simply go back in time and see all the previously saved versions and get the missing text back.

That’s just one of the useful features you get from using the WP-Admin. Not to mention a much easier layout for when you need to design your site with menus or widgets. The overview is much simpler and better organized than when using WordPress.com

I think that’s a major flaw in the WordPress.com interface and perhaps one of the reasons why so many new bloggers haven’t been able to setup their menus correctly, or organize their widgets properly. Hopefully this will make you consider trying out the WP-Admin if you haven’t tried it before! 🙂

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