Hi, this is Digital Abhi, your digital marketing friend, and a contented digital marketer. In this post, we will explore something more about WordPress and have an overview of the WordPress Dashboard.
WordPress Dashboard Overview
To help you understand better regarding WordPress Dashboard, I have attached a video here. I will highly recommend you watch this video as it is easier to understand these types of tutorials with the help of a video.
After watching the video, you can refer to these footnotes to have even a better understanding about the WordPress Dashboard:
So, first of all, you will need to log in to WordPress. You can do it by entering the username and password which you set during WordPress installation. Once logged in, you will see a lot of different options to interact with. Let’s see them one by one:
The first thing is ‘Screen Options’. With this, you can customize the look of your WordPress dashboard. So when you will click on the screen options you will see some boxes which are named as ‘At a Glance’, ‘Activity’, ‘Quick Draft’, ‘WordPress News and Events’ and ‘Welcome’.
You will see that by default all these options are ticked. But let’s say you untick ‘at a glance’ then as soon as you untick ‘at a glance’, the tab of ‘at the glance’ will get removed from the WordPress dashboard. And as soon as you tick it again, the tab of ‘At a glance’ again appears in front of you.
You can just customize the look of your WordPress dashboard with the help of the screen options tab. So, let’s say you want to remove this ‘Welcome to WordPress’ tab. Then, just untick this and it will get automatically removed. But if you want to see it again, just tick it again.
You can customize it according to your needs. So as you can see, this is the Welcome message and then you will scroll down you will see an ‘activity’ tab and WordPress events and news’ and all that stuff.
Then you will see an option of Quick Draft. So, what Quick Draft does? If you have an idea of a blog post or something, so you can just basically type something there and just leave it as a draft. So when you can come back again to WordPress, you can still remember the idea and then complete it.
Top Bar in WordPress Dashboard
Okay! So the next thing is the top bar which is like a strip. The first, you can see is the icon of WordPress. By clicking on this icon, you can visit the official WordPress website: wordpress.org. On the website, you can see the documentation, you can go to the support, you can give some feedback and some other stuff.
The next thing in the top bar is the name of your website. When you will click on it, an option of ‘Visit Site’ will pop up. So when you will click visit site, it will give you a preview or it will take you to your site your WordPress website.
Left Sidebar WordPress Dashboard
This is the part of the WordPress dashboard which you will use the most to navigate through different parts. So, let’s take an overview of the sidebar.
Coming to the left sidebar the first option is Dashboard. In the dashboard, there are further two options – Home and Updates.
When you click on the home, it will just take you to the main home page of your WordPress Dashboard. And in the Updates option, you will see all the updates regarding the themes and plugins which you have installed. Like if there are any updates in plugins or themes they will just show up here.
The next thing is the posts. And in posts, there are 4 options – ‘all posts’, ‘add new’, ‘categories’, ‘tags’. I have separate posts for the Digital Abhi Blog regarding – how to add a new post, how to define categories, how to add tags etc. In this particular video, I am just giving you an overview and the meaning of all these things.
In media, you can add some videos, audios, images, and other stuff for your website. You can just click on Add new and add some images and media files on your website. Check out how to add media in WordPress.
After that, comes comments. In comments, you can see all the comments which were submitted on your website. Here you can approve, disapprove, modify or delete the comments.
In appearance, you can see five options which are: Themes, Customize, Widgets, Menus, and Theme Editor. From themes, you can choose themes for the website. You can customize those themes, you can add some widgets, you can define the menu and edit your theme.
Again I have separate posts for all those topics in Digital Abhi Blog. In this post, we will just discuss about the Theme Editor. When you will open the Theme Editor, it will show a warning. HEADS UP! This is the thing I want you to be aware of! Let’s click on ‘I understand’.
In this part, you will see the coding of your website. I would highly recommend you – do not touch this option if you don’t know to code. Or you will end up messing up with the whole website.
Plugins are used to extend the functionality of your website. In another post, we will see how to add plugins. There are thousands of plugins available in WordPress which you can use to extend the functionality of your website.
The next thing is the users. From the Users option, you can add some users, you can see your profile, you can see all the users. You can also define the position of a particular user, like, whether he or she needs to be an editor, or an admin, or just a subscriber.
After Users, you will see Tools
Settings in WordPress Dashboard has a similar function to that of settings on your phone or PC. It is a bit long topic. So, I have covered in another post where I have discussed WordPress Settings overview.
And at the bottom, you will see ‘Collapse Menu’. Clicking on it will shrink the sidebar. And clicking on it again will expand the sidebar again.
So, this was my post about the WordPress Dashboard Overview. Thanks for taking out time to read this post. I hope now you are somewhat familiar with the WordPress Dashboard.
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