Understanding The WordPress Dashboard

Tips, Trick and Resources to Learn WordPress
For Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Users

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

Updated: September 5, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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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 WordPress 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.

WordPress Dashboard

The following widgets are included by default with WordPress.

At a Glance

This widget provides a summary of the number of posts, pages, and comments on your site. Each of these content types are displayed in the form of a link. When clicked it will direct you to the specific area to manage that content
A statement at the bottom of this widget tells you what WordPress version as well as the current theme that is activate.


The Activity widget shows upcoming scheduled posts, recently published posts, and the most recent comments on your posts. Which you can moderate
A list of the most recent comments on your blog is shown in this widget. Each comment that is listed has a link to the related post title. By clicking this link at allows you to edit the post. Hovering the mouse over each comment activates a menu of choices: to approve (or unapprove) the comment, edit the comment, reply to the comment, mark the comment as spam, or delete the comment.


The QuickDraft widget allows you to write a new draft. A post title, Upload or insert media, Post content, add tags, click the Publish button or click the Save Draft button.

WordPress Events and News

This events and news widget lists upcoming local events and the latest news from the official WordPress site
Find out an upcoming event near you, or, what WordPress developers have been up to. Keep up with the latest WordPress related news. In addition to software developments. Version announcements and security notices. News about the WordPress community in is periodically posted.

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 "Plugins" Section

You will find information on the most popular newest and recently updated plugins from the WordPress.org 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 WordPress.org Codex documentation on the Dashboard and to the support forums.

WordPress Dashboard Plugins

Announce from the Dashboard

Announcement to users on the Dashboard. This plugin to show announce for per user roles.


Connects Google Analytics with your WordPress site. Displays stats to help you understand your users and site content on a whole new level

Ultimate Dashboard

Allows you to create a custom WordPress dashboard for you and your clients. Replace the default WordPress dashboard widgets with your own and give the WordPress dashboard a more meaningful use.

Download Plugins and Themes from Dashboard

Download installed plugins and themes ZIP files directly from your admin dashboard without using FTP.

WP Dashboard Notes

Working with multiple persons on a website? Want to make notes? You can do just that with WP Dashboard Notes.

Remove Dashboard Access

Allows you to disable Dashboard access for users of a specific role or capability. Disallowed users are redirected to a chosen URL.

Dark Mode for WP Dashboard

Makes your WordPress admin dashboard in dark mode.

Dashboard Widgets Suite

Add new widgets to your WordPress Dashboard. Streamline your workflow and optimize productivity. Dashboard Widgets Suite provides awesome widgets that you can add to your Dashboard

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