WordPress dashboard is the first screen you will see when you log in to your WordPress site. The dashboard is the collection of widgets. On the dashboard, you will get to see the basic data related to your site like your site health, change site’s theme, or a number of posts, comments, and pages. Also, you will be able to configure the dashboard according to you. In this post, we will take a look at what we can do on the dashboard of WordPress.
First, we will try to login into our WordPress site. In the website URL at the end type /wp-admin and hit enter. You will get to see the input box to enter your username and password. This username and password is the one we set while installing WordPress.
After logging in you will get to see the WordPress dashboard. As shown below. As you can see on the left side there is a vertical menu in that the first option is Dashboard. On the right-hand side, we get to see the dashboard.
We will take a look at each component on the dashboard.
Using the screen option you can set the widgets you want to show on the dashboard. Initially, this option stays hidden you need to click on Arrow in front of the Screen Options text. You can find this option on the top-right-hand side of the dashboard.
After the screen options, you get to see the real dashboard.
Welcome to WordPress
This is the first widget you will get to see on the dashboard. It displays the message “Welcome to WordPress”. On this widget, you will get to see some useful links. First is Get Started which lets you customize the site appearance and widgets rendering. After that under the Next Step there are four links Write your first blog post, Add an about page, Steup your home page and view your site. The first link help to create a new blog, the second lets you add a new page i.e About page, the third link helps to set up the homepage means the first landing page of your site, fourth shows the preview of your site.
More Actions contains the links to manage the widgets on your site, also to manage the menus that will be shown on your site. You can turn the comments on or off using the third link in more actions. Also, the fourth link provides the guide to use WordPress.
Site Health Status
Site health status is a widget that provides the status of your site. It calculates this status by looking at how much data your site consists of, server capacity and site loading time, etc. You can change the placement of these widgets by dragging them on your desired places. Also, you can move them up and down by clicking on the right-top buttons. You can minimize-maximize this widget by clicking on the arrow which is on the extreme right.
Quick draft lets you create a new blog post in no time. You can save this post for now as a Draft and add some other content later. It is a quick tool to write the title and content for the blog post.
At a glance
At a glance widget, you can see the information about content present on your site. It gives information about the number of posts, comments, and pages you have on your site. Also, it gives the name of the theme you are using.
WordPress event and news
This widget consists the information regarding WordPress events and news. It displays this information according to the city name you enter in the input box.
Activity widget consists of the latest activities that happened on your site. It shows the recently published post, recent comments along with the status of the comments such as Pending comments, Approved comments, deleted comments, etc.
So these were the basic widgets you will get to see after the installation of WordPress. These widgets can more increase when we will install different types of plugins.