My WordPress Dashboard

wordpress-logoThe WordPress dashboard is full of information about your website. So we are going over some of it today. My main dashboard may look a little different than yours that is ok. We are going to be focusing on the left hand side of the dashboard.

Home: An easy button to get you back to what you are looking at right now at your dashboard. This is home and it will become your best friend and tell you things about your site. Under home there will be different areas for you to check depending on what you add to your site. We are going to go right across the top to screen options.

Posts: If you hold your browser over the word posts you will see different categories. This is where you write different blogs you write for your website.

Media: The next button is the media button. You have a library where you will be able to see all the images that you have used for this site.

Links: All links provides you with information links. You can add new links and the link categories do the same thing as the post categories does. Keeps the area neat for you. I’ve never added any links so this probably won’t be a heavily used area for you.

Pages: The thing that I hear a lot of beginners get mixed up is posts and pages. Pages are the different places to visit on your website; posts are blog posts that go to your blog page.

Comments: If someone leaves a comment on your website you will be able to see that comment here.

Appearance: This button might be the scariest for the beginner but you will learn to love it this is where your themes, widgets, header & background are. As much fun as it is I’m not going to go that far into it the things here.

Plugins: Your brand new site will come with a couple of default plug-ins available for you to activate. The one plug-in that I think is the most important is your anti-spam plug-in, Akismet.

Users: right now you are the only user but there might come a time when you want other people to be able to get on your dashboard and you can add them. See the role and is says subscriber, click the arrow there and you will see subscriber, administrator, editor, author, contributor. Never let anyone else become the administrator other then you. If someone else is the administrator they can take over your blog and shut you out of it.

Tools: I have never used the tools. I hardly ever click on the tools and just look when I do.

Settings: If your site is brand new you have six links under your settings. General, writing, reading, discussion, media, permalinks, these control the things that happen at different areas of your website.

About Shawn Snyder

Shawn Snyder owns SRS Virtual Assistant. We work as consultants and virtual help for the entrepreneur and small business owner who is looking for help with their social media needs, email marketing and admin office help.
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10 Responses to My WordPress Dashboard

  1. Jan says:

    There’s a lot going on in a WordPress Dashboard. Thank you for sharing.
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  2. rochefel says:

    A lot to consider and thanks for taking time to list them. I am not a techie person and until now, most of it hasn’t been absorbed yet. LOL!

  3. A useful post Shawn to those finding their feet within WordPress. Thank you for sharing

  4. Thanks Shawn. Great explanation of Dashboard and important warning of the Administrator User.

  5. Super helpful for those new to WordPress! Wish I had this when I first started… Thanks, Shawn.
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