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WordPress is a great content management system, and the variety of themes available makes it one of the most versatile and customizable platforms out there. But most themes only affect the way the front-end looks and behaves. Is it possible to customize the back-end? The answer is “yes”, and that’s what you’ll be learning in this course.

Over the course of 15 lessons you’ll learn how to brand and customize the WordPress Admin, making WordPress a more complete package for your clients and theme buyers.

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1. Introduction

1.1 Welcome

In this course you'll learn about WordPress Admin Customization, not about WordPress themes, not about the frontend. You'll be dealing exclusively with the backend. And you'll be learning techniques that will not only help you tweak minor things, but also help you create entirely different looking admin areas. So if you've ever wondered how to change items in the left menu, or maybe the admin bar, or maybe add some of your own dashboard widgets, then you've come to the right place. But first of all, what is the WordPress backend? How does it look like? Well, that's coming up next. I'm Adi Pordila, welcome to WordPress Admin Customization.

1.2 About the WordPress Back-End

What is the WordPress backend? Every website that's powered by WordPress has two parts. There is the frontend, which is the stuff the visitor sees, so the actual website. Then there's the backend, which is an administrative interface that controls everything displayed in the front. Think of it like the restaurant, so you have the main dining room where you sit down, you have a drink or maybe something to eat. That's the frontend, and then there's the kitchen, which is responsible for making the food and sending it to the front and more then often that denies access to unauthorized personnel, that is the backend. What about WordPress? Let's have a look. This is the WordPress backend. It's the place where you control everything that's happening in the frontend. On the top, we have the admin bar, which is also visible in the frontend and gives you options to create posts, add media, create pages and so on. This is the left menu, which gives you access to all the sections and all the pages inside the back end and this is the main content area. Now we've landed on the dashboard here. This will give you a summary of what's going on with your website and then we have Posts, Media, to add images, video, audio, all that stuff. Then we have Pages, Comments, then we have the Appearance section, which gives you access to what themes you want to use, it gives you access to the customizer, widgets, menus, header. Basically, everything that can customize the appearance of the frontend can be found here. Then we have Plugins, Users, Tools to import content or to export and then, Settings. On the top, we have screen options, which control what meta boxes are displayed in each page and this, of course, depends on the page you're on. Here, for example, we can toggle the columns in this table. If we go to Media, we don't have it anymore. Here we just have Help. This is help, created by WordPress and it basically gives you a little bit of information on how to use the admin UI and that is a very quick tour of the WordPress backend. As you can see the admin UI is clean, it's well organized and it gets the job done, so why bother with customization? Coming up next, we'll discuss some other reasons you should.