The WordPress dashboard has a lot of stuff on it, most of which you will never need. In case you missed it in previous posts, here is a screen shot of the dashboard (click on it to increase the size):
You can get rid of any most of these sections permanently by going to the upper right hand corner of the screen.
Click on the “Screen Options” link and you will see (again, click on the image below to view it better):
Each box corresponds to a section on the dashboard. You can tick or untick any of the boxes to make those sections go away. You can also decide whether you want to see the dashboard laid out in 1,2,3,or4 columns.
When you create a post (we will get to this later) people can usually comment on your post. When someone comments, depending on your settings, those comments will be visible to the public. You will see the comments that have been posted or are pending. In this list you have 2 comments.
You can see the author’s avatar (picture), their name, the title of the post they are commenting on, the status (Pending), and the text of their comment. Finally, when you hover over the item (see the mouse arrow?) your dashboard gives you an little set of links to Approve, Reply, Spam, or Trash the comment.
You can also click the View all button to go see all the comments that have been made on your blog.
We will delve into comments again so you can see how much more control you can have over them.
Your website at a glance:
Called “Right Now”, you can see how many posts you have, how many pages, what categories the posts are in, how many tags you have created, how many comments people have made on your post(s), and whether those comments are approved, pending, or spammed.
You can also see what theme you are using and how many widgets, what version of WP you have installed, and finally a quick button to access your theme area to change to another theme.
OUTDATED: As you start learning how to use your WordPress (hereafter called WP) site you will need to learn a few new vocabulary words. Are you familiar with the desktop on your computer? You have a desktop on your new WP site, it is called the dashboard. Your dashboard (control panel, back office, etc) is your starting point for everything you will ever do on your WP site.
What can you access from your dashboard? Glad you asked! Read on!