WordPress has an easy-to-use interface that you’ll soon be used to navigating around. The main user interface (UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.) is divided up into five main sections. Each has its own discrete use. They are:

  • Work area – this area contains information and editing areas relating to your choice of navigation – e.g. the post editing screen, the page editing screen, the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party admin screen etc etc
  • SidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. – contains your navigation
  • Screen options – contains screen options specific to the area in which you’re working
  • Help – help that is contextual to the help screen you are working on
  • Toolbar – links to various administration functions on your front end and your administration screens.

You can see where they are positioned in this diagram:

an overview of the wordpress administration screens