Category Archives: Getting Started

Overview of the WordPress Dashboard

Some information in this post comes from WordPress for Dummies, 2nd edition.

The WordPress Dashboard is the main control panel, and it is the first thing you see when you log in. From the Dashboard, you can manage all of your sites and create new ones. Furthermore, a left navigation menu allows quick access to other administrative tasks.

  • To save space, menus are collapsible. Click to expand any category name.
  • A search box and two drop-down menus appear at the top right of all screens.
    • To customize which items appear on the current screen, expand Screen Options.
    • To view context-sensitive help for the current screen, expand the Help menu.

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Standard Dashboard Modules

  • Right Now: shows current statistics and settings for your sites
  • Recent Comments:lists the five most recent comments and provides the ability to manage comments in different ways
  • Incoming Links: lists other blogs that have linked to yours. As time goes on, you will see this listing of links fill up.
  • QuickPress: allows you to quickly write, save, and publish a blog post.
  • Recent Drafts: shows the last five drafts and some identifying information.
  • WordPress Development Blog: displays the two most recent updates from http://wordpress.org/development.
  • Other WordPress News: pulls in posts from WordPress Planet (http://planet.wordpress.org).

Left Navigation Menu

The navigation menu is on the left side of every page within the WordPress Administration panel. Click the title to expand any navigation category.

  • Dashboard: manage all of your sites and create new ones
  • Posts: add new posts and manage categories and tags
  • Media: upload media and view a library of uploaded files
  • Links: add links to be displayed on your site
  • Pages: manage permanent sections of your site
  • Comments: manage user comments on your site
  • Profile: manage personal information and WordPress preferences
  • Tools: offers site utilities, including the import/export function

Additional Information

Creating a Blog Page/Post

Configuring your WordPress User Profile

Changing the Appearance of Your Blog Site