The WordPress Dashboard

Login to WordPress by typing your domain name followed by /wpadmin in your address bar. e.g. www.creativeschool.tk/wp-admin. What you see is the WordPress dashboard.

This dashboard has regions that provide information and provide an overview of what’s happening and what you can do with your blog. You can customize your needs by using some quick links such as writing quick draft, replying to latest comment, etc.

Below is what each of the regions is used for:−

Dashboard Menu
The Dashboard Menu, found on the left, contains options as posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings. This is the area that we shall use mostly in this mini course.

Screen Options
The dashboard contains different types of widgets which can be shown or hidden on some screens. It contains check boxes to show or hide screen options and also allows us to customize sections on the admin screen.

Welcome
It includes the Customize Your Site button which allows customizing your WordPress theme. The center column provides some of the useful links such as creating a blog post, creating a page and view the front end of your website. Last column contains links to widgets, menus, settings related to comments and also a link to the First Steps With WordPress page in the WordPress codex.

Quick Draft
The Quick Draft is a mini post editor which allows writing, saving and publishing a post from admin dashboard. It includes the title for the draft, some notes about the draft and save it as a Draft.

WordPress News
The WordPress News widget displays the latest news such as meetups near you, wordcamps. latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding the software etc. from the official WordPress blog.

Activity
The Activity widget includes latest comments on your blog, recent posts and recently published posts. It allows you to approve, disapprove, reply, edit, or delete a comment. It also allows you to move a comment to spam.

At a Glance
This section gives an overview of your blog’s posts, how many you have  published, pages, and number of comments. When you click on these links, you will be taken to the respective screen. It displays the current version of running WordPress along with the currently running theme on the site.