The first thing you see when you login to WordPress is the Dashboard. In fact, you see so much of the WordPress Dashboard, that most users tend to take it for granted. Before you rush off to add a post or moderate your comments, spend a few minutes getting to know the WordPress Dashboard. You’ll be surprised by how much of useful information there is on the Dashboard.
This video provides a complete overview of the Dashboard and shows you how to customize it to your meet your needs.
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And this is the first thing you see when you log in. Here's the Dashboard right at the top on the side menu. And of course you see the Dashboard in the middle. And you get a helpful welcome greeting that orients you, and gets you off on the right foot with your new blog. And you may not wanna see this every time you log in because as you start to learn more about WordPress you don't need so much help. And the way to get rid of this is to click this Dismiss link and it will go away. Don't worry we can bring that back and I'll show you how to do that in a second.
The Dashboard is the nerve center of your WordPress website. There's all kinds of information here about what's going on in your site. And the information is grouped into blocks.
And the first one you'll see in the upper left-hand corner is At a Glance and this shows you how many posts and pages you have, and how many comments you have, and what version of WordPress you are running, and what theme is installed. That's pretty much a snapshot of everything that's going on in your WordPress site. And below that there's an Activity block and that's going to show you what the most recent activity is. It'll show you recent posts, but also recent comments. So this is a quick way to get to new comments that need your attention. Maybe they need to be moderated; maybe they need to be marked spam if they are unwanted comments. You'll find those right up front as you log in.
Over on the right you've got a block Quick Draft. This is really just a quick way to get some ideas into WordPress before you forget them. It's sort of like a notepad. And what happens here is you can type anything you want in ..(writes on the title box) ... and when you save, WordPress automatically creates a new post but it sets it to draft. So that's not going to appear on your website. And you can go in later on and edit it the way you would edit any post. And you'll see a list of all your draft below the Quick Draft entry box. And that's just a quick way to capture ideas before you forget about them.
Now when you move down to the next level of boxes, things tend to get a little less essential. For example there's a WordPress News box. You may or may not have an interest in the latest news from the WordPress world.
And over on the left I've got something you probably won't see in your WordPress site. This is the Gravity Form status box. And the thing that I wanna point out about this is that what you see in the Dashboard page can be affected by what plugins you have installed. Some plugins will add widgets to this Dashboard page and you may or may not find those widgets useful. It really depends on the plugin and what you're doing with your website.
So you may want to customize your Dashboard to meet your needs. And fortunately this Dashboard is very customizable. It's as easy as clicking on a box, and you'll see the four-way cursor. And from there I can just drag between columns and up and down to position each block where I want it to be, roll it to the other blocks. So I move the Quick Drafts under At a Glance and move Activity over to the right.
Now what happens when you want to get rid of blocks? For example maybe I don't want the Gravity Forms widget. Then here maybe I don't want to see the WordPress news. Those are controlled under Screen Options... When I click this open I see a list of all the little widgets that have been made available to the Dashboard. Some of these are built in. Some of these are created by plugins like Gravity Forms. For example I turn that one off by unticking it, same with the WordPress news. And when I scroll down you'll see both of those blocks have been removed now. And that Welcome box, I could turn that back on by checking the text box there. And just like that I've completely customized my WordPress Dashboard.
Now one other thing you're going to notice if you continue to work with WordPress, as I said, is plugins can install items on your Dashboard automatically. So the Dashboard is probably going to be changing over time and it's good that you assess the current state of your Dashboard from time to time arrange things to be helpful to you so that your focus on the things that are most important to you and that you eliminate the things that are a distraction. And you can do that by customizing your screen settings.
And so that's your quick introduction to the WordPress Dashboard.