WordPress is the world’s leading platform for creating websites. With a plethora of themes and plugins, users can build a website from scratch and according to their specifications. However, to manage a site, you need to know where and how to get the most out of WordPress.
This article will walk you through everything you need to know about the functionality of the WordPress Admin Dashboard, how it works, and the options available.
What is the admin dashboard?
The dashboard is a control panel for your website that you use to create and manage all of your website’s content, add and remove plugins, change themes, and much more.
After installing WordPress and logging in, you will be greeted by the dashboard, which is always the starting point for all of your WordPress projects.
How to access the WP Admin Dashboard
You can access your WordPress admin dashboard in two ways. The easiest way is to enter the url of your WP installation and add ‘/ wp-admin’.
The second page is from your WordPress site. If you select “My Sites” you will find the option “WP Admin” which will take you straight to your dashboard.
The dashboard layout
Once you’ve opened your WP dashboard, the standard view will show you all the important options and details about your website.
It has essential parts:
- A sidebar on the left
- A toolbar at the top
What can you find in the sidebar menu?
The menu in the sidebar provides an overview of some of the key services and options required to build a website. There you can access:
- the settings
The center of your dashboard
In the central part you will see the Activity, Brief Drafts, Information at a Glance, Statistics, News and WordPress Events and News page on your website.
At a glance – a brief overview
This module provides a quick overview of your pages, comments, topics and potential spam emails and helps you to keep track of the activity on your website. If you want to see new comments, just tap the icon and you will be taken to the comments section.
If you have a good idea for a new post and you want to write it quickly, this is your tool. You can post on your WP dashboard, add some photos, and work through as many drafts as you want in minutes.
This option allows you to view all of your comments and decide whether or not to keep them on profile. You can reply directly from the dashboard or view the history of that user’s comments. If you get a comment, you can dislike it, disapprove it, mark it as spam, or send it to the trash exactly where you are.
WP events and news
Did you know that WP organizes events? If not, this is the place to find out all about it. If you’re not interested in seeing this type of information on your dashboard, you can just remove it.
What is hot?
If you are interested in breaking news from the WP News blog and the WP official blog, this section is the place to find the latest information.
The Your Stuff module is an activity log that shows your recent activity on the WP platform. Regardless of whether you’ve commented on your post, updated or written a new one, you can keep track of any changes made.
The statistics module is preferred by many users because it informs you about your website’s traffic. There you can access your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly numbers. The two main traffic measurements are based on views and unique visitors.
Opening the chart will give you access to daily traffic and pages or posts that caught the reader’s attention.
How to change your dashboard layout
If your WP dashboard doesn’t have a functional layout, you can quickly customize it to suit your needs. Here’s an easy way to do this:
In the top right corner of your dashboard you will find “Screen Options”.
When you tap on it, you can check and uncheck the boxes depending on which module you want to appear on your dashboard screen.
However, if this didn’t work, keep in mind that almost everything you see is changeable. You can add branding elements such as a logo and a new color palette to your dashboard. You can also create new custom menus, hide the WP toolbar, or find a plugin that does all the work for you.
The difference between a dashboard and a toolbar?
In addition to the dashboard, WP also has a feature called the WordPress Toolbar that allows you to access important administrative functions in the front end of the website. Regular website visitors can’t see it, but you always have it at the top of the screen.
The toolbar is located above the dashboard and shows:
- Quick links to information about WordPress, help, and home buttons
- Quick links to create a new post, page, and link
- Quick links for adding new users, reviewing comments, and viewing update notifications
If you want to disable the toolbar, you can do so with the following steps:
- Open the ‘Users’ option in the left sidebar menu.
- Go to “Your Profile”.
- Clear the “Show toolbar when viewing site” check box.
Put your dashboard in action – create a new blog post
One of the first steps for most users in WP is creating their first blog post, usually followed by many others. How to make it happen:
- Click on “Posts” in the left menu.
- Click the “Add New” option.
- A new Add New Post screen will open.
- Now you need to enter a title and write your blog post.
- At the bottom right you can see formatting options and options for adding an image, video, link, quote, or audio file to your blog post.
- When you’re done, the right side of the screen lets you decide whether to save your draft, preview it, or publish your new post.
Plenty of reasons to dominate your WP admin dashboard
All WP features are in the dashboard, and you should get used to using the platform to its fullest extent. The more time you spend in your dashboard, the faster you can bypass your pages and your performance skyrockets.