How to use the WordPress dashboard

When you log in to your WordPress site the first page you see is called the Dashboard. It is a collection of information and data about the activities and actions on your WordPress site.

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On your Dashboard there are several sections called “widgets” designed to make managing your WordPress site easier.

Welcome to WordPress

When you first install WordPress the “Welcome to WordPress” widget is displayed to help you find your way around. It has a collection of the most common activities you will perform on your site such as customizing your site or writing your first blog post.

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At a glance

This is a quick overview of your site. What theme you are using, how many blog post, pages, comments, etc.

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Quick draft

This helpful widget allows you to quickly write down a draft blog post, with fields for the post’s title and body.

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WordPress news

The WordPress news widget is updates from the world of WordPress. It is a great way to keep up-to-date with what is going on with one of the internet’s most commonly used CMS.

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Managing Dashboard widgets

Some plugins will also add additional widgets to the Dashboard.

You can hide or show any of these widgets by clicking on the Screen Options tab at the top of the page.

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Main navigation menu

On the left side of the screen is the main navigation menu with links to all of the administrative pages.

Some of the default menu items are:

  • Dashboard – this is where you can see an “overview” of your site
  • Posts – this is where you can add, edit and delete blog posts
  • Media – this is where you can manage and upload media, such as photos or documents, to your site
  • Pages – this is where you can add, edit and delete pages on your site
  • Comments – this is where you can view and moderate comments that users leave around your site
  • Appearance – this is where you can customize all aspects of your site’s appearance   
  • Plugins – this is where you can add and remove plugins
  • Users – this is where you can add, edit or remove users
  • Tools – this is where special administrative tasks can be performed, such as importing or exporting your site’s data
  • Settings – This is where you can change your site settings, such as your site’s title or your site’s time zone

Some themes and most plugins add additional links to your side menu.

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