Finding Your Way Around The WordPress Dashboard

Wordpress DashboardOnce you have installed WordPress the next step is to login to the WordPress Dashboard and set things up. The Dashboard is the first thing you will see when you login to your website. Take a moment and review each of the tabs you find on the left side of the screen.

As you move forward and create your Website / Blog these Tabs and Screens may change depending on what Theme you select and what Plugins you install. This is one of the reasons it is sometimes difficult to find online  how to guides or videos. From this point forward your website will become unique in its appearance, layout and configuration. Many people that use WordPress for the first time don’t take this in to consideration when trying to set things up themselves. Having worked on many WordPress sites I can tell you that no 2 are ever exactly the same.

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Here is the explanation of the WordPress Dashboard from

From the Dashboard’s Home page, you can quickly access your site’s content and get glimpses into other areas of the WordPress community.

The Dashboard Screen presents information in blocks called widgets. By default, WordPress delivers five widgets on this page: At a Glance, Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress News, and Welcome.

Dashboard Screen

Default Dashboard Widgets

The following dashboard widgets are included by default with WordPress:

At a Glance

The At a Glance 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 and when clicked upon, direct you to the specific area to manage that content.

A statement at the bottom of this widget tells you what WordPress Version you’re running on and the current theme you have activated on your site.


Shows the upcoming scheduled posts, recently published posts, and the most recent comments on your posts and allows you to moderate them.

A list of the most Recent Comments on your blog is detailed in this widget. Each comments that are listed has a link to the related post title and clicking that link 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 author, Spam–mark the commas spam, or Delete the comment.


The QuickDraft widget allows you to quickly and easily write a new draft. Enter a post title, upload/insert media, enter the post content, add tags and click the Publish button or click the Save Draft button. It’s that easy!

WordPress News

This Dashboard widget lists “the latest news from the official WordPress blog“.

Here you can find out what the WordPress developers have been up to recently and keep up with the latest WordPress related news. In addition to software developments, such as version announcements and security notices, news about the WordPress community is periodically posted.


The Welcome widget shows links for some of the most common tasks when setting up a new site.

Screen Options

The Screen Options allow you to choose which widgets are displayed or not displayed.
Dash Screen Options

When you click on the Screen Options tab, the resulting screen shows the various Dashboard widgets with a check-box next to each widget. Check the box for each widget you want displayed, or uncheck the box to not display the particular widget.

Click the Screen Options tab again to close the Screen Options.

Expanding, Collapsing, and Rearranging Widgets

Each widget can be expanded or contracted by clicking on the widget title bar.

Widgets can be moved up or down, or column to column by hovering the mouse cursor over the widget title bar. When the mouse cursor changes to 4-arrows, hold the left-mouse button down and then drag the widget to where you want to place it. Release the mouse button (this is called drag-and-drop).

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