In this tutorial, I will give an overview of the WordPress dashboard. I had almost tried to cover every aspect of the WordPress dashboard, a.k.a admin area. In this overview, I will tell a little bit about options on the WordPress dashboard. We will later post a detailed guide for each option.
What is the WordPress Dashboard?
WordPress Dashboard is the admin area of your WordPress Website from where you can manage your site, posts, pages, categories, menus, widgets, and other settings. WordPress admin area enables you to modify your website and add plugins.
You will learn little about the purpose of options on the sidebar of WordPress Dashboard, a.k.a WordPress admin area. We will later explain every speed of the option on the WordPress Dashboard in other posts.
Overview of WordPress Dashboard
Let’s now continue with the Overview of WordPress Dashboard so that you can know what’s the purpose of those options in the WordPress Admin Area.
- Home – From the Dashboard option, present in your WordPress Admin Area, you can quickly do tasks. You can make a quick post, check the total number of posts, pages, and comments on your site. You can check the latest activities of your website from the Dashboard. More actions can be done quickly through the Dashboard, and you can also add more widgets on your Dashboard of WordPress.
- Updates – You can manage the updates of your WordPress, Plugins, and themes from this section and choose to update any theme or plugin or check for updates for your WordPress CMS.
- All Posts – From All Posts, you can manage your posts, modify them, delete them, check the number of comments on them, and make a new post on your website.
- Add New – This option allows you to make a new post on your blog.
- Categories – Allows you to add new categories for your site, which you can later use for your blog posts.
- Tags – Add tags for your blog posts from this section.
- Library – This is your WordPress Media Library, where you can find all the media files uploaded on your blog and attached to your blog posts.
- Add New – If you want to add new media files on your blog, then you can use this option to add new media files and then later attach with any post on your blog.
- All Pages – Enables you to manage your blog pages and modify them.
- Add New – Make a new page for your blog from this section and publish it.
From this section, you can manage all the comments posted on your website posts. You can moderate any comment on your blog. Also, you can publish, modify, delete, and mark as spam any comment published on your site. You can do bulk actions like bulk deleting and bulk marking as spam.
- Themes – Allows you to manage your WordPress site themes. You can add a new theme on your website from this section and manage already uploaded a theme. From this section, you can choose to use any installed theme on your website.
- Customize – You can customize your activated theme from this option. You can change color, add a background, add a favicon, and do much more from this option.
- Widgets – From this section, you can manage and add widgets on your website frontend.
- Menus – From this section, you can add, edit, and delete a menu from your website.
- Background – If your website is boxed instead of the full width, then this section will allow you to add or change the background on your site.
- Theme Editor – This section allows you to modify the files of the themes you installed on your website.
- Installed Plugins – This section shows all of the installed plugins on your website.
- Add New – You can add a new plugin from WordPress Plugin Library, or you can also upload any plugin from a third-party provider.
- Plugin Editor – Allows you to modify the files of your installed plugins.
- All Users – This section allows you to view, add, modify, and delete all users from your website.
- Add New – You can add a new user to your website from this section. The user can be an administrative user, author, editor, or subscriber depends on the role.
- Your Profile – From this section, you can check your profile and modify it as you want to.
This section allows you to manage useful tools for your websites like import, export, and other such tools.
- Available Tools – From this section, you can manage all the available and enabled tools on your website.
- Import – This section allows you to manage import tools from different CMS.
- Export – Enables you to export your WordPress site.
- Site Health – This section shows your website’s health status and gives suggestions for improvements.
- Export Personal Data – If a user requests their data on your website, then you can use this section to export his/her data.
- Erase Personal Data – If the user requests for the deletion of his/her data from your website, then this tool can help you.
From this menu, you can manage and modify the settings of your WordPress website to better fit your needs.
- General – From this section, you can manage the general settings of your website, like changing the site title, tagline, URL, admin email, enabling/disabling membership, default role for new members, site language, data format, and timezone on your website.
- Writing – Allows you to manage writing settings like default post category, choosing default editor, allowing users to choose editor, and also you can enable post via email.
- Reading – Allow you to set your default homepage for your website, change blog posts limit on posts page or homepage, change feeds settings, and choose whether you want to show your website in search engines or not.
- Discussion – From this section, you can change your comments default settings like enabling moderation (with rules), enable/disable pingbacks and trackbacks on new posts, etc.
- Media – This option allows you to configure settings for uploaded media on your WordPress website like changing default sizes for thumbnail, medium, and large and enabling/disabling organizing of your uploads into month- and year-based folders.
- Permalinks – Allows you to change the default permalink structure of posts, categories, and tags.
Thanks for watching and reading through my guide. I had tried to cover every aspect of WordPress Admin area (Dashboard), if you think anything is missing, then please let me know by commenting, and if you need any help, you can post a comment here, and I will try my best to help you asap.