Exploring the WordPress Dashboard

Exploring the WordPress Dashboard

Hope this article finds you well.

Today as the new topic of wordpress we will discuss about the Dashboard.

So let’s start it…

To access your WordPress admin dashboard, you will need to log in to your WordPress site first. Once you have logged in to your Website admin, you will land here, the WordPress Dashboard.

Exploring the WordPress Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard allows you to control all of backend details to managing your website. Once you get familiar with the the dashboard, you will realize that it is really very easy to use and navigate.

After the log in, you will see a top “welcome box” from WordPress with some quick links to help you get started.

The next section is the “At a Glance” section where you will find the number of post, pages, categories and tags for your website’s 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.

Also in this section, you will find on which WordPress version and on which theme your website is running.

After that you will see “Activity” section under which you will find 2 more section “Recently Published” and “Recent Comments“.

Recently Published: In this section you will find all latest pages, posts you have published recently.

Recent Comments: Under this section you will find all the recent comments on the posts/pages. Also here you can quickly approve comments, reply, edit, mark as spam or send to trash too.

After that you will see “Incoming Links” section. Under this section you will find all the incoming links to your website or blog found by Google Blog Search. Incoming links are shown when another website/blog links back to your site. In case you have a brand new WordPress site, you probably won’t have any incoming links.

After that “Plugins” Section. In this section, you will find all the information about the most popular, newest plugins and recently updated plugins.

This is enough for the first column. Now scroll back up to the second column, you will find the “Quick Draft” section. Quick Draft section allows you to save a draft of a post right from the dashboard, which is good for quickly publishing content. But you won’t have all of the formatting options as you have in the post editor.

After that next section is for recent drafts of posts. Once you have started creating posts and if they had not published, saved as drafts. Under this section, the five most recent drafts will be listed over here.

The last two sections are the WordPress Blog and other WordPress News. These are the sections about the updates from the official WordPress project and the WordPress feed.

Now one more interesting thing is you also can manage which sections you would like to see on the WordPress dashboard. Go to “Screen Options” tab on the top right side of your screen. Click the arrow to expand this section and you will see the list of check boxes for each of the sections listed on the WordPress Dashboard. To hide/remove any of the sections, just unclick the checkbox and that section will remove/hide from the Dashboard.

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

Here on this Dashboard screens, other major component of the WordPress Dashboard is the left-hand navigation menu. This navigation menu provides links to all of the WordPress administration sections for the posts, the media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings. We will explore the navigation menu section in upcoming blogs.

Hope this article helps you.

This is Lalit signing off for today. I will catch you guys in the next one.

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