WordPress Dashboard – Introduction by newbie

Dashboard Panel

When you will log into the administration area of your blog, you’ll see the WordPress Dashboard which will display the overview of the whole website.  You can customize your needs by using some quick links such as writing quick draft, replying to latest comment, etc.

Dashboard Menu

The WordPress Dashboard provides a navigation menu that contains some menu options such as posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings on the left side.

Welcome Section

It includes the “Customize Your Site” button which allows customizing your WordPress theme. The center column provides some of the useful links such as creating a blog post, creating a page and view the front end of your website.

Quick Draft

The Quick Draft is a mini post editor which allows writing, saving and publishing a post from the admin dashboard. It includes the title for the draft, some notes about the draft and save it as a Draft.

WordPress News

The WordPress News widget displays the latest news such as latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding the software etc. from the official WordPress blog.

Activity

The Activity widget includes latest comments on your blog, recent posts and recently published posts. It allows you to approve, disapprove, reply, edit, or delete a comment. It also allows you to move a comment to spam.

At a Glance

This section gives an overview of your blog’s posts, number of published posts and pages, and number of comments. When you click on these links, you will be taken to the respective screen. It displays the current version of running WordPress along with the currently running theme on the site.


How to install a new theme in WordPress using a compressed theme file

Follow these steps to install a new WordPress theme to your website using a compressed theme file(.zip,.tar,.rar etc):

Step 1: Open the wp-content folder in the root directory of WordPress and go to the themes folder.

Step 2: Upload the zip(or any other compressed file) theme file inside the theme folder.

Step 3: Go back to the theme folder, select the compressed theme file and click on extract.

Step 4: After the file is extracted you may still not see the extracted folder, so click on reload. Also, delete the zip file as it obsolete now.

Step 5: Now, go to the WordPress dashboard of your website and click on Appearance>Themes.

Step 6: You can now see your new theme in the installed themes section. Hover on your new theme and click Activate to activate the theme.

Congratulations you have finally installed and activated a new theme!

How to remove links of a learndash course which has not started yet? without code changes

jQuery(document).ready(function($){
var nost=0;
if($("body").hasClass("single-sfwd-courses")){
toba='';
$("#lessons_list a.notavailable").removeAttr("href");
$("#lessons_list a.notavailable").each(function(){
toba=$(this).parent().parent().attr("class");
toba = toba.replace("lesson post-",'');
toba = toba.replace(" is_not_sample no-topics",'');
toba = toba.replace(" is_not_sample has-topics",'');
$('#learndash_topic_dots-'+toba+" a").removeAttr("href");
});
}
});

How to change WordPress user roles in MySQL database using PhpMyAdmin?

We will be editing the database rows using PhpMyAdmin tool given with cPanel by many hosting companies

You can change the WordPress user roles by following the given steps:

Step 1: Open phpMyAdmin on cPanel.

Step 2: Open the wp_usermeta or xxx_usermeta table in the database as highlighted. (wp_ is just prefix, your table prefix may be different)

wordpress tables in database

Step 3: In wp_usermeta table, you can find wp_capabilities under meta_key column.

User Roles in usermeta table

Step 4: The roles are saved in form of serialized PHP array. Change the user role you want to assign to the current user by changing the meta_value as:

Subscriber
a:1:{s:10:"subscriber";b:1;}

Contributor
a:1:{s:11:"contributor";b:1;}

Author
a:1:{s:6:"author";b:1;}

Editor
a:1:{s:6:"editor";b:1;}

Administrator
a:1:{s:13:"administrator";b:1;}

How to install wordpress on cPanel

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.Features include a plugin architecture and a template system.

Follow these steps to install WordPress:

Download WordPress

Download WordPress from this link:  https://wordpress.org/download/

Create Database

Create an empty database for WordPress and specify it’s username and password.

Set up Wizard

  • Step 1: Upload the downloaded compressed file on your website root directory and extract it.

  • Step 2: Open the url of your website and install WordPress.

 

  • Step 3: Specify the  Database Name, Username, Password and Database Host.

  • Step 4:  A confirmation message will appear after the database settings are validated. Click on ‘Run the Installation’ button.

  • Step 5:  Provide the administrative information needed for your WordPress website and Install WordPress.

  • Step 6: You have successfully installed WordPress and the final step is to log in, for which you will use the username and password entered at step 5.