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Understanding WP Admin

Last Update: February 2, 2024

Elementor is a complete website-builder solution that sits on top of the WordPress infrastructure, so you need to be familiar with WP (WordPress) Admin to work proficiently with Elementor.

This overview explains the most important points about WP Admin, especially those parts most heavily used in conjunction with Elementor. 

WP admin contains a top bar and 13 standard tabs:

  • Posts
  • Media
  • Pages 
  • Comments 
  • Elementor 
  • Templates 
  • Hosting (Elementor Hosting users only)
  • Appearance 
  • Plugins 
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings

If you’re using certain plugins like WooCommerce or Yoast, additional tabs appear on WP Admin.

Starting at the top, let’s take a look at the top bar!

Top bar

You can use the top bar to visit the WordPress official website and your Elementor website, check out comments, create new pages, posts, add media, tweak Site Lock mode, and more. You can access your User Settings.

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The top bar of WP Admin gives you access to the following:

WordPress logoClick this to visit the official  WordPress website. 
Your site nameClick this to visit your Elementor website.
Comments View the comments visitors left on your webpages.
New Use the dropdown menu to create a new page, in addition to the media library, post, landing page, template or user.
Site lockIndicates your page is inaccessible to visitors unless they have a code. For more details, see Site lock.
Support (Elementor Hosting users only)Submit a support ticket or open support chat.
User settingsAccess your user settings. This is located on the right-hand side of the top bar. 

Hosting Tab (Elementor Hosting users only)

The Hosting tab gives you access to features connected to your website’s infrastructure: 

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WordPress Hosting Tab (Elementor Hosting users only)
Hosting settingsAccess your My Elementor website dashboard. For more details, see Elementor dashboard.
BackupsSave a copy of your website or access saved copies of your site. For more details see Backup your site.
Connect DomainLink your website to your custom domain name. For more details, see Purchase and connect a domain.
Create StagingBuild a staging site where you test changes to your website before making them live. For more details see What is a staging site?
Advanced CachingAccess the various advanced caching options such as clearing your website’s memory. For more information, see Advanced caching.

Posts Tab 

The Posts tab lets you create, manage, and edit the posts on your website. 

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WordPress Posts tab
All PostsSee a list of all your site’s posts. Hover over a post, and select Edit with Elementor to edit the post. 
Add NewCreate a new post for your site.
CategoriesCreate, delete or edit your post’s categories. Categorizing your posts allows you to organize them more easily and helps you direct visitors to the information they’re looking for.
Tags Create, delete or edit your post’s tags. Tags are a great way for search engines to find your posts. 

Media Tab

Add your site’s images, videos and audio files to the Media Library. 

Library A gallery management tool for your website. The  Media Library contains all the pictures and videos available to your media library. Here you can view, edit captions and metadata, delete, and search for your media. 
Add NewClick this to Upload media to your website.
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WordPress Media tab

Pages Tab

The Pages tab allows you to access all the pages on your site. You can create pages by clicking Add New, and edit them by selecting Edit with Elementor.

All Pages A list of all your site’s pages. Hover over a post and select Edit with Elementor to edit the page.
Add New Create and edit a new page by selecting Add New, and then Edit with Elementor. For more details, see Create or open a page
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WordPress Pages tab

Comments Tab

The Comments tab lets you moderate, edit, and delete comments on your website.

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WordPress Comments tab

Elementor Tab

The Elementor tab contains settings and controls relevant to the Elementor plugin. It includes the following:

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WordPress Elementor Tab
Settings Control default types and allow data sharing in the General tab, connect to third-party software in the Integrations tab,control features in the Advanced tab, and activate/deactivate experimental features in the Features tab. 
Submissions Access information visitors submitted using your website’s forms.
Custom FontsAdd or Edit your site’s custom fonts.
Custom IconsAdd or Edit your site’s custom icons.
Custom CodeAdd sitewide Custom Code to your site, for example, Google Tag Manager (GTM).
Role ManagerAssign roles to people with access to your website.
Boost website security by making sure people have enough access to complete their tasks but no more than that. For more details see, Add a user
Tools Maintain and debug your website, import and/or export a website kit. 
System InfoLists details about your site’s server environment. This information is often needed when debugging your site.
Getting startedView the video, Getting Started with Elementor. 
Get HelpClicking this takes you to the Elementor Help Center.

Templates Tab

Work more efficiently by creating and using templates and website kits. 

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WordPress Templates Tab

The Templates tab features the following:

Saved TemplatesAccess templates you created and saved. These templates can be reused on this site or exported for use on other sites. For more details, see What is a Template?
Popups Access popups you created or create a new popup. These popups can be reused on this site or exported for use on other sites. For more details, see Create a popup.
Theme BuilderOpens the Elementor Theme Builder. For more details, see What is the Theme Builder.
Landing PagesAccess landing pages you created or create a new landing page. For more details, see What are landing pages?
Kit LibraryApply a website kit to your site. For more details, see Apply a kit to your site.
Add NewCreate a new template.
Categories Create, delete or edit your post’s categories. Categorizing your posts allows you to organize them more easily and helps you direct visitors to the information they’re looking for.

Appearance Tab

Themes are the framework of any WordPress website. Therefore, all WordPress websites must have the theme. The Hello Theme was created by Elementor especially to work with the Elementor plugin.

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WordPress Appearance Tab
Themes Choose a theme for your website. We recommend Elementor’s Hello Theme. For more details, see What is the Elementor Hello Theme?
Customize Change site settings such as the site setting, menus and the header and footer. Many of these settings can be changed within Elementor. For more details, see Configure Site Settings.
Menus Create links to your site’s pages to make navigation easier. Menus can also be created using the Menu widget. For more details, see Menu widget.

Plugins Tab

Plugins Tab 

Inside the Plugins tab, you can search, update, install, activate/deactivate, enable/disable auto-updates, and delete plugins. 

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WordPress Plugins Tab.
Installed PluginsAccess a list of all the plugins you’ve added to your site. For more details, see Activate & deactivate plugins.
Add New Look for plugins to add functionality to your site. For more information, see Install WordPress plugins.

Users Tab

The Users tab lets you add new users to your website and edit the permissions of existing users.

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WordPress Users Tab
All UsersAccess a list of people with access to your website as well as their level of access. These could be clients or team members.
Add NewGive someone permission to access your website. For more details, see Add a user.
Profile Manage your personal information such as the language you work in and color scheme.

Tools Tab

Features to help you build and maintain your site.

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WordPress Tools Tab
Import Move your website from it’s current location to this server.
Export Move your website from this server to another one.
Site HealthAccess a list of recommendations to speed up your site.
Export Personal DataCreate a zip file with a website visitor’s personal information. Some jurisdictions may require this capability.
Delete Personal DataErases all data you collected about a website visitor. Some jurisdictions may require this capability.

Settings Tab

The Settings tab includes settings tools like General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Permalinks, Privacy, and Limit Login Attempts.

This tab controls basic functionality such as access to your site.

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WordPress Settings Tab
General Access and edit basic information such as the site’s name and tagline.
Writing Control the default category of posts and enable posting by email.
Reading Control settings for your homepage how visitors will view post archives.
Discussion Controls the interactions between website owners and visitors.
Media Control the site’s image sizes.
Permalinks Control the URL structure of your site. For more information, see What are Permalinks?
Privacy Allows you to set up a privacy policy page. Some jurisdictions may require this capability.
Limited Login Attempts

Have more questions? We’re more than happy to assist.

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