The WordPress admin


When managing the content of a website via a CMS (Content Management System), there are generally two working environments:

  • The backend* or backoffice, the private part of the site accessible only with an administrator login, which allows you to edit most of the content of the web platform
  • The frontend* or frontoffice, the public part of the web platform, freely accessible to everyone
Front edition? There are approaches to editing directly in the frontend, but we do not recommend this, in order to concentrate on writing and structuring the content, independently of visual rendering, which can interfere with the writer's priorities.

How to log to the admin

To access the backend or backoffice of your site, click in the bar where the URL of your site is located (, add /wp-admin and press Enter.

This will take you to the login page below, where you can enter your username and password.


Lost password?

From the login page below, you can click on the link "Forgot your password?

The only field on this page asks you to enter your Username or email address. By clicking on "Generate Password", a link to create your new password will be sent to your email address.

The backoffice topbar*

Once you are logged in, this black bar automatically appears on your web platform, both in the frontend and in the backend. It is the sign that you have an administrator session open on your site. Only a person logged in as an administrator can see it.


This bar allows you to:

  • go from the backend to the frontend and vice versa, in one click
  • see how many updates are available
  • create content (articles, users, etc.)
  • edit user preferences
  • access your profile
  • log out
  • search for items
Tip: Always open two tabs in your browser One for the backend and the other for the frontend. This allows you to switch from one to the other by switching from one tab to the other without systematically going through the topbar.

The dashboard*


Its home page is a summary of the latest activities on your site:

  • information about necessary or completed updates
  • last publications
  • tracking the last activities
  • according to the installed plugins, statistics of frequentation, for example
  • possibility of quick note-taking for later reference

The sidebar


Located on the left-hand side of the screen, this black block lists all the menu and sub-menu items that allow you to manage your entire website, from the most visible items (media and texts for example) to the most discreet (advanced technical settings).

You will find, among others, for the daily management:

  • native WordPress content modules (Pages and Posts)
  • the media library
  • general functions - management of user accounts, settings of the site menu, its theme, available tools, etc.
  • the special content blocks (CPT* or Custom Post Types) if any, with their own parameters
  • the different plugins, if any, and their own parameters
  • the framework parameters, and the parameters for the site theme. These settings are only available to Administrators and Super Admins - more info on user roles here.
  • language settings