The WordPress Dashboard

Useful links for performing tasks such as writing, replying to comments..

WordPress Dashboard



The WordPress Dashboard

This Dashboard allows you to control all of the details of managing your Wordpress website. Once you become familiar with the dashboard, you’ll realize it’s really easy to use and navigate

The Dashboard Home Screen

Once you first log-in, you’ll see a "Welcome Box" from Wordpress with some links to help you get started

The "Right Now" section

Here you’ll see the number of posts, pages, categories and tags for your websites content. You will also see discussion information for comments, like the total number of comments, and numbers for those approved, pending or marked as Spam. In the "Right Now" section, you’ll also see what WordPress Theme you are currently running, plus the number of widgets and the current version of WordPress

The "Recent Comments" Section

This shows you just that, Recent Comments. Here you can quickly approve or un-approve comments, reply, edit, mark as spam or delete them

The "Incoming Links" Section

Shows incoming links to your website or blog. Incoming links are when another blog links back to your website. If you have a new Wordpress website, you probably will have few if any incoming links

The "Plugins" Section

You will find information on the most popular newest and recently updated plugins from the Plugins Directory

"Quick Press" Section

QuickPress will allow you to publish or save a draft of a post which is great for quickly publishing content. Although you will not have all of the formatting options like you do in the Wordpress post editor

The "Next" Section

This is for recent drafts of posts. Once you start creating posts and if they’re saved as drafts, the five most recent drafts will be visible here

WordPress "Blog" and "WordPress News" Sections

These are updates from the official WordPress project and the WordPress Planet feeds

"Customizing" Sections in the Dashboard

If you’d like to customize what sections you see from the WordPress dashboard, see the "Screen Options" tab on the top right side of your screen. Click the arrow to expand this section and you’ll see check-boxes for each of the sections usually included in the WordPress Dashboard. To remove any of the sections, un-click the check-box beside the section you’d like to hide. You can also choose the number of columns for the screen layout

Returning to the Dashboard Home, you can also expand each of the sections by clicking the arrow to the right. You can also drag and drop the boxes to change the order

In addition to the WordPress Dashboard Home screen, the other major component of the WordPress Dashboard is the "left-hand navigation menu". This navigation menu provides links to all of the WordPress administration screens for posts, the media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings

If you ever find yourself needing help, just click the "Help" tab in the upper corner. Click the arrow to expand and you’ll now see helpful information that walks through the overview, navigation, layout and content of the WordPress Dashboard. You will also find a link to the Codex documentation on the Dashboard and to the support forums

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