WordPress Dashboard

The first screen you will see after login is the WordPress Dashboard, it displays the administrator's area, which is full of features and different kind of functions. You can start building your website from here. You can make a new post from here, you can manage your widgets or menus, can save drafts, and many more. Dashboard also gives you an overview of what's happening in the website or blog, It gives information about all the activities going on in the site.

Look at the picture below, its a dashboard. You can see different categories listed there which we will discuss one by one.

Wordpress Dashboard

Dashboard Menu

The menu in the left side is called the Dashboard Menu. It is a navigation menu which navigate the user through various options like posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings.

Look at the table below to know a little more about it :

Menu Description
Dashboard It is the main dashboard, the first screen.
Posts It manages posts in the website.
Media It manages content like audio, video, images, etc.
Pages You can create, access, manipulate different pages of your website.
Comments It displays comments on your blog.
Appearance You can change appearance of your site from here.
Plugins These are special features/programs to increase capabilities of the website.
Users All the information about your site's users.
Tools The settings of the wordpress.

Screen Options

You will find this option in the top-right corner of the dashboard. No need to worry about, it is just a segment with some radio buttons, asking you to choose the widgets you want to show in your dashboard. Just check/uncheck whatever you want, like 'welcome', 'At a glance', etc. It just give you an option to customize the dashboard according to your needs. The widgets you add in your website, will be shown here too in the list.


This segment is the important one, it gives you many options to customize your site or to completely change the theme of your it. It also gives you an option to directly access your posts and to view your website and to manage widgets and commenting also. We will go in details later. These are easy and simple functions of wordpress.

Quick Draft

It is a useful widget which allows you to quickly save something came in your mind which you want to add in a post, or want to remember. It is basically saving notes and tips to use later. It is just like adding sticky notes and short notes about useful things.

WordPress Events and News

It displays the latest news about wordpress such as latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding the software etc. from the official WordPress blog.


It displays latest comments on the blog and recent published posts. You can also manage comments from here.

At a Glance

It gives you an overview of your blog like total number of posts, number of pages, comments, etc. It also displays the wordpress version you are using and the theme also.

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