Dashboard

In this article, we are going to learn the WordPress dashboard. In the previous one, we had understood the WordPress installation on the localhost. Now we are going to take a closer look at the WordPress dashboard. This is the most important part of CMS.

What is the WordPress dashboard?

You can consider the Dashboard to be a control panel of sorts because it offers several quick links and areas that provide information about your site.

The first thing you will find on the dashboard is the welcome screen. Now let’s look at these things one by one.

Welcome to WordPress

Get started customize button:  This section contains a button that, when clicked, opens the Customizer, where you can customize the active theme. Additionally, this section provides a link that takes you to the Themes page, where you can change your theme.

Next Step”: This section provides links to various areas within the WordPress Dashboard to get you started publishing content, including writing your first post and adding an About page.

More Actions: This section contains a few links that help you manage your site, including a link to manage widgets or menus

At a Glance

At a Glance module of the Dashboard shows what’s going on in your website right now. The number of posts you have: This number reflects the total number of posts you currently have in your WordPress site.

The number of pages: The number of pages in your site, which changes when you add or delete pages. The number of comments: The number of comments on your site.  And down here WordPress shows which WordPress theme you are using and a WordPress version. Which is the latest one.

Activity

Below at a glance, you can find activity module. And here you can see recently published posts.

Recently Published: WordPress displays a maximum of five of the most recently published posts in this area.

Recent Comments: WordPress displays a maximum of five of the most recent comments on your site.

Quick Draft

The Quick Draft module, is a handy form that allows you to write and save a post from your WordPress Dashboard. It is very helpful when something going on in your mind and you can quickly put that in the draft.

The WordPress Events and News module of the Dashboard give you details about WordPress events in your area.

Now once we understand the dashboard let’s take a look at different navigation links on the dashboard settings.

Settings

At the very bottom of the navigation menu, you find the Settings option.

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks
  • Privacy

So let’s take a look at settings one by one.

» General

After you install the WordPress software and log in, you can put a personal stamp on your site by giving it a title and description, setting your contact email address, and identifying yourself as the author of the site. You take care of these and other settings on the General Settings screen.

» Writing

This setting gives you some information on choosing how your content looks and how WordPress handles some specific conditions

» Reading

The third item in the Settings menu in Reading. Here you can set your homepage display. If you want you can choose static display as well.
Blog Pages Show at Most: In the text box, enter the maximum number of posts you want to appear on each site page

» Discussion

Discussion is the fourth item on the Settings menu. This setting let you set options for handling comments and publishing posts to your site. Here we have different options.  Avatar

» Media

The next item on the Settings menu is Media.

On the Media Settings screen, you can configure the options for how your image files (graphics and photos) are resized for use in your site. And here you can set a different sizes for your image.

» Permalinks

The next link on the Settings menu is Permalinks.

Each WordPress post is assigned its own web page, and the address (or URL) of that page is called a permalink. WordPress creates the permalink automatically when you publish a new post
A plain post permalink in WordPress looks like this:

https://yourdomain.com/?p=100

The p stands for the, and 100 is the ID assigned to the individual post. You can leave the permalinks in this format if you don’t mind letting WordPress associate each post with an ID number.

» Privacy

The next link on the Settings menu is Privacy.

On May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU) enacted a law called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. The GDPR is a set of rules designed to give European citizens more control of their personal data that’s stored on websites they browse on the Internet.

Part of this law requires you to publish a privacy page on your website

that lays out your privacy policy.

Now let’s explore the dashboard navigation menu links.

User

To personalize your site, visit the Profile screen of your WordPress Dashboard. Here you can choose different options.

Visual Editor: Select this checkbox to indicate that you want to use the Visual Editor when writing your posts.

Syntax Highlighting: Select this checkbox to disable syntax highlighting.

Admin Color Scheme: These options set the colors for your Dashboard.

Name: Input personal information

Contact Info: In this section, provide our email address and other contact information to tell your visitors who you are and where they can contact you.

About Yourself: Provide a little bio for yourself, and change the password for your site, if you want.

Account Management: Manage your password and user sessions, Here you can set your new password and change the existing one.

When you finish setting all the options on the Profile screen, don’t forget to click the Update Profile button to save your changes.

Posts

Now let’s see what we have inside this post menu. This menu has Submenu with four links: All Posts, Add New, Categories, and Tags.

All Posts: Opens the Posts screen, where a list of all the saved posts you’ve written on your site appears. On this screen, you can search for posts by date, category, or keyword.

Add New: Opens the Add New Post screen, where you can compose your posts, set the options for each post (such as assigning a post to a category or making it a private or public post), and publish the post to your site.

Categories: Opens the Categories screen, where you can view, edit, add, and delete categories on your site.

Tags: Opens the Tags screen in your WordPress Dashboard, where you can view, add, edit, and delete tags on your site.

Media

In the Media menu, we have two sub-menus.

Library and add new.

Library: Opens the Media Library screen. On this screen, you can view, search, and manage all the media files you’ve ever uploaded to your WordPress site.

Add New: Opens the Upload New Media screen, where you can use the built-in uploader to transfer media files from your computer to the media directory in WordPress.


Pages

People use this feature to create pages on their sites such as About Me or Contact Me. We will use this feature to create about me, contact me, privacy policy and other important pages.

All Pages: Opens the Pages screen, where you can search, view, edit, and delete pages on your WordPress site.

Add New: Opens the Add New Page screen, where you can compose, save, and publish a new page on your site.

Comments

Comments in the navigation menu don’t have a submenu of links. You simply click Comments to open the Comments screen.

All: Shows all comments that currently exist on your site, including approved, pending, and spam comments.

Pending: Shows comments that you haven’t yet approved but are pending in the moderation queue

»Approved: Shows all comments that you previously approved

»Trash: Shows comments that you marked as Trash but haven’t deleted permanently from your site

Spam: Shows all the comments that are marked as spam

Appearance

Now let’s check out what we have inside the appearance menu.

Appearance is mostly used part of WordPress because here we have very useful sub-options.

Now let’s check out the first option.

Themes: Opens the Themes screen, where you can manage the themes available on your site.  By default, we have three themes here. You can choose your theme from this option.

We are going to create our own theme for WordPress so, for now, I will leave this theme as it is.

Customize: Opens the Customizer screen, where you can edit various features available in the active theme on your site.

Widgets: Opens the Widgets screen, where you can add, delete, edit, and manage the widgets that you use on your site.

Menus: Opens the Menus screen, where you can build navigation menus that will appear on your site.

Header: Opens the Header Media screen in the Customizer, where you can upload an image to use in the header (top) of your WordPress site. This menu item and screen exist only if you’re using a theme that has activated the Custom Header feature. We will see how to activate this option when we start building a custom theme.

Editor: Opens the Edit Themes screen, where you can edit your theme templates.

Plugins

Now the next item on the navigation menu is Plugins. Here we have three sub-menus.

Installed Plugins: Opens the Plugins screen, where you can view all the plugins currently installed on your site. On this page, you also have the ability to activate, deactivate, and delete plugins on your site.

Add New: Opens the Add Plugins screen, where you can search for plugins from the official WordPress Plugin Directory by keyword, author, or tag. You can also install plugins directly to your site from the WordPress Plugin page.

Editor: Opens the Edit Plugins screen, where you can edit the plugin files in a text editor. Don’t plan to edit plugin files unless you know what you’re doing. So leave this option as it is. Next, we have users.

Users

So now The Users submenu has three links:

All Users: Opens the Users screen, where you can view, edit, and delete users of your WordPress site. Each user has a unique login name and password, as well as an email address assigned to his account.

Add New: Opens the Add New User screen, where you can add new users to your WordPress site. Simply type the user’s username, first name, last name, email (required), website, and a password in the fields provided, and click the Add User button to create a new user. 

Your Profile: this option provides your profile information. Then we have tools.

Tools

The last item on the navigation menu is tools.

» Available Tools: Opens the Tools screen on your Dashboard. Where you can see available tools in WordPress.

Then we have import and export where you can import and export your site content to the different hosting platforms.

Now, you can notice. we had described all the essential components of the WordPress dashboard. Well, I hope you understand the dashboard well.

In this next article, we will learn more about WordPress. So I will see you in the next one.