Perplexed by WordPress: A Guide to Viewing Your Site
WordPress is a popular web development platform that powers over 40% of all websites on the internet – but what exactly is it and how do you view a WordPress site? As a developer, blogger, or small business owner, you may have come across WordPress and wondered how to navigate it. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at WordPress and explain everything you need to know about viewing a WordPress site.
What is WordPress?
At its core, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that helps create and manage content on a website. To view your WordPress site, you’ll first need to have a WordPress installation set up. This involves choosing a hosting provider, installing WordPress, and configuring your site settings – a process that varies depending on your specific needs and preferences.
If you’re new to WordPress and want to learn more, be sure to check out some of our other articles on getting started with WordPress.
Viewing Your WordPress Site
Once you have your WordPress site set up, there are several ways to view it. Let’s start with the most basic method: just typing your site’s URL into your web browser. If you’ve set up your site to be publicly accessible, anyone can view it by visiting your domain name (e.g. www.yourdomain.com). This will take you to the home page of your WordPress site, which is the first page that visitors will see when they land on your site.
From the home page, you can navigate to other pages on your site using the menu or links on the page. Depending on your theme and settings, the home page may feature your latest posts or a static page that you’ve created. Alternatively, you can use the WordPress dashboard, which is the main interface for managing your site.
The WordPress Dashboard
To access the WordPress dashboard, you’ll need to log in to your site. You can do this by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your site’s URL (e.g. www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin). This will take you to the WordPress login page, where you’ll need to enter your username and password. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see the WordPress dashboard, which is divided into several sections.
Some of the main areas you’ll find in the dashboard include:
- Posts: where you create and manage your blog posts.
- Pages: used for creating static pages on your site.
- Media: where you manage your site’s media files (such as images, videos, and audio files).
- Appearance: where you manage your site’s theme and widgets.
- Plugins: where you manage your site’s plugins and configure their settings.
- Users: where you manage your site’s users, their user roles and profile.
- Settings: where you manage your site’s site title, description, and permalink structure.
From the dashboard, you can view different parts of your site simply by clicking on the corresponding sections in the menu. For instance, to view your Posts, click on the Posts section. You can also edit, delete or view a specific post by clicking on its corresponding title in the list.
Viewing Your Site in Different Contexts
You can also view your WordPress site in different contexts by using different web browsers or devices. For example, you can view your site in different web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, to see how it looks in each one. Alternatively, you can use a mobile device to view your site in different orientations (portrait or landscape) to test its responsiveness on different screen sizes. By doing so, you can optimize your site’s design and responsiveness for all your visitors.
There are also specialized tools and services you can use to view and analyze your WordPress site, including WordPress Theme Check, Google Mobile-Friendly Test or WP Checkup. Such services can help you ensure that your site is stable, secure, and high-performing, and provide optimization recommendations.
Viewing a WordPress site is an essential part of managing and optimizing your online presence. Whether you’re a blogger, business owner, or developer, understanding how to view your WordPress site in different contexts can help you improve its design, performance, and functionality. By using different methods, such as the WordPress dashboard, web browsers, devices, or specialized tools and services, you can gain a comprehensive view of your site and take steps to make it more successful.