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Login to WordPress to edit and update your website

Step-by-step guide


  1. Your login is typically located at the following URL:  Replace "your-department" with your actual site name. 
  2. You will be directed to the Central Authorization Service (CAS) login screen. Enter your NetID and password. 

When you successfully login, you will be redirected into the dashboard for your website.

Your Dashboard

Once you’ve logged in, the WordPress Dashboard appears. This is your main administration homepage. At the very top of your Dashboard (and across every page) you will see the name of your site in the header area. In the example screenshot (and throughout this document) the site name is Your WordPress Site. This is also linked to your site's homepage. You will also see the name of the person who is currently logged in (e.g. Joe Blogg). Moving your cursor over your name will reveal the Log Out link as well as a link to edit Your Profile.

When new or updated features are introduced into WordPress, you’ll be shown a New Feature Pointer which are the boxes with blue headers, above. This is simply to bring to your attention some feature within the Dashboard that’s been added or updated. In the following Dashboard image, the New Feature Pointer is highlighting the updated Toolbar. You only have to click Dismiss to hide the pointer.

Sometimes, after you log in, you may see a notice about “Genesis” or “updates available” – you should ignore these items.

On most pages, just below your Username in the upper right corner, there are a couple of small inverted triangles. One called Screen Options and another called Help. Clicking either of these links will cause a panel to slide down from the top of the page. The Help link, not surprisingly, displays some help information. The Screen Options link will display various options that allow you to configure what is displayed on the current page. This panel changes depending on what page you’re currently viewing. As an example, on your main Dashboard page the Screen Options allow you to set which panels you’d like displayed on the page.

Dashboard Menu Options

Down the left-hand side of the Dashboard and on every page you will see your main navigation menu. This is where you’ll find all the options to update and configure your site.

Hovering your cursor over each of the main menu options will display a ‘fly-out’ menu with the various choices for that particular menu option. Once you click each of the main menu options, that particular menu will expand to show all the available options within that section (if there are any).

The main menu options and their usage are:


This will display your main Dashboard ‘homepage’. In the top left of your Dashboard you’ll see some brief stats on the number of Posts, Pages and Comments.


This is where you can create a new News Post. You can also update your Categories and News Tags.


This is where all your uploaded images, documents or files are stored. You can browse through your Media library, as well as edit and update the files.


This is where you can create a form for your website. Once created, you can go back and edit or update the forms.


This is where you create and maintain all your Pages.


You can manage all your Comments within this section, including replying to comments or marking them as spam. Rarely will there be comments as they have all been turned off for CLLA websites.


This menu is where you control how your site looks. You can choose a new Theme, manage your site Widgets or Menus and even edit your site theme files.


Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. You can activate or deactivate plugins as you need or do not need them.


This screen lists all the existing users for your site. Depending on your Role, you may also be able to add new users as well as manage their Roles.


This section gives you access to various convenient tools. You can also import data to your WordPress site or export all your WordPress data to a file. Normally this is not used within the College of Liberal Arts.


This is where much of your site is pre-configured. Among other things, it allows you to configure where your News appears, whether people can leave Post Comments or not and numerous other settings. Most of the time, your site is already setup for you, and there's no need to change any of the settings within this section.

At the bottom of the menu you'll see a link called Collapse menu. Clicking this will hide the menu and simply display their icons instead. Click the small arrow icon again to expand the menu.


This is the plugin for your image slider on the home page, or in other places on your site if you wish. You can update the home slider or add new ones from this spot.

Some plugins may have their own configuration or setup pages. The location of these is dependent on the individual plugin but most times the settings pages will either appear within the Tools section, the Settings section or in a completely new menu section at the bottom of the menu.


The WordPress Toolbar is a way of easily accessing some of the most common WordPress features. When you are logged in to your WordPress dashboard and you visit your website, you will see the Toolbar running across the top of your site. This bar only appears if you are currently logged into your WordPress site. It is not visible to your everyday site visitors. If you are not logged in, the Toolbar won’t be displayed.

The Toolbar allows you to quickly access the following commonly used features.

  • Visit the website, Codex or Support forums (click the stylized “W” on the left hand end)
  • Display your site Dashboard and other commonly used menu options that allow you to update your site Themes, Widgets and Menus (click the “My Sites” logo)
  • Add a new News article, Media file, Page or User (click the +New option)
  • View or Edit your Profile and logout from the WordPress Dashboard (on the right hand end)

Hiding the Toolbar

You can stop the Toolbar from displaying by modifying the preferences associated with your Profile. Simply click on the Users link in the left-hand navigation to display the list of Users. From this list of Users, click your user name or click on the Edit link that appears beneath the user name when hovering your cursor over each row. Alternatively, click on the Your Profile link underneath the Users menu option in the left-hand navigation or within the fly-out menu.

When editing your Profile there is a Toolbar option to hide or display the Toolbar as shown in the screen above. It is recommended that you keep “Show Toolbar when viewing site” checked, as that is an easy way to go back to your pages and edit them.

Show Toolbar when viewing site – Checking this box will display the Toolbar at the very top of your website (but only for the person who is currently logged in)

Exiting or Logging Out

Exiting WordPress is simple: on the right side of your Toolbar, click your name, and from the drop down, choose Log Out. This will end your session in WordPress. You should also note that the drop-down also includes a link to Your Profile.