WordPress Dashboard Tutorial Overview for WordPress Beginners

By | August 1, 2018

WordPress Dashboard Tutorial Overview for WordPress Beginners

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After you log into your WordPress admin or your WordPress backend the first thing you’ll see is the dashboard. The panels in the dashboard will give you a quick at-a-glance overview of the activity on your site.

The dashboard looks the same if you’ve installed a self-hosted WordPress site or if you use the WordPress.com dashboard.

By default, there are 4 panels in the WordPress dashboard:

1. At a Glance

Shows you how many pages/posts are currently published on your site, the number drafts, the titles of pages or posts that were recently published and any pages or post that are scheduled to be published in the future.

2. Activity

This section is dedicated to comments that need to be reviewed by a site admin. You will usually find a lot of spam comments here unless you have plugins installed that fight comment spam.

3. WordPress News

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This panel pulls in the latest WordPress information from various reputable sources.

4. Quick Draft

Here you can quickly jot down a title and a short overview of the post you want to create. The idea is that you can quickly get ideas saved as drafts so that you can come back to write the full article when you have time later.

Those are the 4 default panels. You can turn them on or off individually by clicking the “Screen Options” link at the top right of the WordPress dashboard. This is an option that most WordPress beginners miss.

You are also free to drag and drop the panels to rearrange them as you see fit.

Lastly, there are plugins that can extend the functionality of your WordPress dashboard. For example, there is the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-dashboard/) that allows you to see some of your analytics information right in the dashboard.

The WooCommerce family of plugins also has a bunch of widgets you can add to the dashboard if you use their plugins for your eCommerce store.


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