Getting Started

Welcome to Getting Started with WordPress. The following pages will cover:

  • Navigating the WordPress environment.
  • How to add pages and posts to your website or blog.
  • How to change/design the look and feel of your site with WordPress themes.
  • Adding navigation/menus to your site.
  • All about widgets and plugins
  • And much much more…

Login and Navigating the WordPress Environment:

Bridgewater College starts the process of getting your account set up on the Bridgewater College WordPress domain. Once your site and account is created, you will receive an email with your username and temporary password in it. Your username will normally be the same as your Bridgewater College username.

Unless a special request is made, the address of your site will be based on your college username as well. The url to your site will usually follow this pattern:

When you’re ready to log in as the admin to your site, you can either follow the link in the email or click the link above.


Once there, you will see a screen that looks like this:


You will log in with your assigned username, such as jdoe or jms001, and the temporary password you were assigned. You do not need the after the username to login!

Once you are logged in, you will land on the dashboard for your site. From here you will be able to control every aspect of your site, from the design to adding content!


Changing your password for the first time:

The first time you log in you’re going to want to change your temporary password to something you can remember. To change your password, select Users from the left hand navigation bar. Then select Your Profile from the box.


From there, scroll down until you see Account Management. Click the Generate Password button and a new string of random numbers and letters will appear in the box. Delete this and replace it with whatever you want your new password to be. Click Update Profile to save your new password.


Viewing Your Site:

Now that you’re logged in and have your password set up, you probably want to see your actual site. At the top of the page, you will see a little house icon and the title of your site to the right of it. By clicking on this, you will be redirected to your site. This is what people on the web will actually see if they navigate to your website!



Not much to look at, right? Next we’re going to turn this blank slate into something awesome! First, go back to the Dashboard and take a look at a few other controls before we dive in. To navigate back to the Dashboard, you can either click the WordPress symbol in the top left or click on the site name and select Dashboard.


Next Session: Navigating the WordPress Dashboard

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