Your Administrator Tools
Once logged in, things will look different: you'll see a block with your user name as its title, full of links. This is the Navigation menu, with links to content creation and administration forms that let you control nearly every aspect of your site.
The Navigation menu
There are many separate forms for administrative settings. The quickest way to get there is via the Navigation menu.
The Navigation menu shows up as a block on your site when you are logged in as an administrator. The block isn't titled "Navigation menu"; it's titled with your user name (such as "chiefadmin" or "Elmer" or whatever it may be).
Two key items: Create content and Administer
You'll see many items under that Navigation menu, including two that you'll be using a lot:'Create content' and 'Administer'.
'Create content' and 'Administer' both conceal many options underneath. Click on them to see what appears.
When you click on 'Create content' in the Navigation menu, you'll see links open under it, listing types of content you can create. You'll also see a "Create content" page, displaying those same links.
When you click on 'Administer' in the Navigation menu, you'll see links open under it, listing further sub-categories of administration tasks; click on these to see links to the specific tasks. You'll also see a very extensive "Administer" page, displaying sub-categories of administration tasks and the links to specific tasks.
Almost everything you need to do to create and manage content, and manage your site as a whole, can be found in the links under 'Create content' and 'Administer'.
Referring to Create content and Administer pages
To send you to a specific page for administrators, I'll write like this:
Navigation menu » Create content » Blog entry
That tells you to click 'Create content' in the Navigation menu, and then click 'Blog entry' under that. Or click 'Blog entry' on the page that appears when you click 'Create content'.
Navigation menu » Administer » Site building » Blocks
That tells you to click 'Administer' in the Navigation menu, then 'Site building' under that, then 'Blocks' under that. Or click 'Blocks' under 'Site building' on the page that appears when you click 'Administer'.
It should be perfectly clear when you give it a try!
What you and others see
On many sites, general visitors who are not logged in don't see the Navigation menu. However, it is possible to give general visitors some administrative ability, and access to the appropriate administrator blocks, if you wish.
In any case, any user who sees the Navigation menu will only be shown links for those functions he has permission to access.
Seeing what visitors see
If you're logged in as an administrator and would like to see your site as visitors do, without the Navigation menu, just log out and look. Or even better, use two separate browsers, one logged in and one not logged in. After making changes in one browser, switch to the other (non-logged in) browser, refresh the appropriate page, and see how things look.