WordPress Dashboard Explained With Images

The WordPress Dashboard is a first screen which will be seen whenever you log into the administration area. WordPress Dashboard displays the overview of your website.

Wordpress Dasboard explained with images
It is the main navigation system/collection of gadgets of your administration area that provide an overview of what’s happening on your blog. You can catch up on WordPress news, view your draft posts, see who’s linking to you or how popular your content’s been, quickly put out a no-frills post, or check out and moderate your latest comments.

WordPress Dashboard Modules:

A WordPress Dashboard contains the following modules:

  • Dashboard Menu
  • Screen Options
  • Welcome Widget
  • Quick Draft
  • WordPress News
  • Activity
  • At a Glance

Dashboard Menu

WordPress dashboard menu In a WordPress Dashboard, you will have a navigation menu. This menu basically contains some options such as posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings on the left side. The menu option may increase depending on your theme and plugins that you will use for your blog.

Screen Options

WordPress dashboard Screen options(1)

A WordPress dashboard may contain different types of widgets. Again the number depends on your theme and plugins that you are using.

This is a show/hide type function means clicking on “Screens Options” button you can show or hide the option available there. It contains checkboxes to show or hide screen options and also allows us to customize sections on the admin screen.

Welcome widget

WordPress dashboard welcome widget

In the first column of the welcome widget, you have the big Customize Your Site button which allows customizing your WordPress theme.

The center column (Next Step) provides some of the useful links such as write your first blog post, Add an About page and view your site i.e., your front end.

Last column (More Actions) contains links to widgets, menus, settings related to comments.

Quick Draft

WordPress dashboard Quick draft

The Quick Draft is a mini post editor which allows you to write and save a post from your admin dashboard. It includes the title for the draft, some notes about the draft and a save button. It will also show the recently saved drafts too.

WordPress News

WordPress dashboard NEWS

The WordPress News widget displays the latest news such as latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding the software etc. from the official WordPress blog. For more News, you can click the News button from the below of the widget

At the below of this widget, you can see the option called Meetups, this is actually a link to where you can create or join your nearby WordPress meetups.

The WordCamps button takes you to the WordCamp Scheduler site where you can view the upcoming WordCamps. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.


WordPress dashboard activity widget

The module has a lot of new functionality to make working with comments quick and easy from the Dashboard. The first part of Activity contains the recently published posts. From here you can edit respective recently published posts.

WordPress dashboard activity comments

The second part of Activity allows you to approve, disapprove, reply, edit, or delete a comment. It also allows you to move a comment to spam.

At a Glance

WordPress dashboard activity at a glance(1)

This section of WordPress dashboard gives you an overview of your blog’s posts, number of published posts and pages, and number of comments. When you click on these links, you will be taken to the respective pages. It displays the current version of your WordPress and also the currently running theme on the site. If you configured Akismet anti-spam plugin earlier then it will show the blocked spam comment notifications too.

Also read: Top 10 Things To Do After Installing WordPress

Wrapping up

Although there may be any numbers of WordPress dashboard widgets and it is not possible to discuss all of them in a single article. Here we tried to figure out all the default menus and widgets only.

Hope this article will be helpful for you. Let us know in the comments below if you find any difficulty understand your WordPress dashboard.

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