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5.1 – WordPress Dashboard

,p>After logging in to your WordPress site you’ll be presented with the WordPress Dashboard.

dashboard panel

By default this contains the following panels:

  • Welcome to WordPress: This provides some links to the most used features of WordPress.
  • At a Glance: This states the number of pages, posts, which version of WordPress you are running and which theme you have installed.
  • Activity: This states the recent activity on your site from logged in users.
  • Quick Draft: This section allows you to draft of a post real quick and lists other recent posts saved as drafts.
  • WordPress News: This shows the latest developments from the WordPress community.

The Screen Options button towards the top right of the screen allows you to control which panels are displayed by hiding or showing them as required. Click the small triangle to expand this section and you’ll see checkboxes for each of the panels listed above. By default they should all be checked. To remove any of the panels just uncheck the checkbox beside the section you’d like to hide. The panels can also be dragged and dropped to change where they are displayed on the page and can be minimised or maximised by clicking on the small triangle in the top right of each panel.

Next to the Screen Options tab you’ll find the Help tab. Clicking the small triangle will open the panel to display information on the overview, navigation, layout and content of the WordPress Dashboard.

The Admin Toolbar

Once you have logged in this toolbar is displayed at the top of the screen and is visible from both the front end and back end of your website. It facilitates keeping you up to date and saves time getting into content creation with various quick links. This is what it looks like:

admin toolbar

It contains the following:

  • The WordPress logo linking to WordPress.org, Documentation, Support Forums and Feedback.
  • The title of your website linking to the homepage of your website.
  • The number of updates available for WordPress software, themes or plugins you have installed.
  • The number of comments from your readers that are awaiting moderation.
  • A dropdown menu of links to add a new post, media, page or user.
  • Your username and a dropdown menu of links to view your user profile, edit your user profile and log out.

The Sidebar Menu

Once you have logged in you’ll find this menu to the left of the screen. It provides links to all of the WordPress administration screens for posts, the media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings. This sidebar navigation menu can be collapsed and expanded by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the menu.

sidebar menu

It contains the following:

  • Posts: create new posts and manage existing posts, categories and tags.
  • Media: upload media files and access the media library.
  • Pages: create new pages and manage existing pages.
  • Comments: manage blog post comments left by readers.
  • Appearance: install, manage, and customize themes, control widgets, and create menus.
  • Plugins: install and manage plugins for your site.
  • Users: manage your website’s users and configure user profiles.
  • Tools: view available tools and import and export content to and from your site.
  • Settings: configure your website.
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