WordPress Dashboard Overview for Beginners

After setting up the WordPress development environment, themes, and plugins. Now, it comes to the basic WordPress dashboard overview. You should be familiar with all tools of WordPress dashboard before actually starting development.

Well, it’s not complicated expect few sections (where you have to code some things), anyone can learn, who even don’t know how to code.

Related: How to install WordPress on Cpanel and AWS Amazon host

Before beginning, let me tell you I divided this whole WordPress Dashboard Overview into two parts. They are as follow:

Here’s an picture of WordPress dashboard, when you just installed WordPress in your Cpanel or hosting.

wordpress dashboard

So, without further a due let’s begin…

Basic WordPress Dashboard Overview

First off, we are going to start with the simple one. In this whole section you don’t need to code anything.

Now, let’s discuss the all sections one by one.

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The first one is “Dashboard” itself, under dashboard there are two options called “Home” and “Updates”. In home section, obviously you’re on the homepage of your WordPress dashboard as you can see, when you logged in your account.

In updates, you will find all updates notification (when update available).

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The second one is “Post”, the post has 4 sub menus called as “All Post” where you can see your all post or articles and you can edit them as well.

“Add New” is simply for adding a new post or article. If you don’t know how to create posts or articles than checkout this guide.

“Category” is the section where your all category located. It is usable when you post new article and you defined that article under a certain category. You can check and edit your all categories here.

“Tags” means when you post new article and give it a tag. Like if I post 5 articles on WordPress and I gave all of them a tag called WordPress. So, all my WordPress articles will display under “WordPress tag”. This can also applies to categories. And frankly, speaking tags and categories are same and work almost similar.

basic wordpress dashboard media

Next is “Media”, where you can manage your all images, videos, music, files (you uploaded).

basic wordpress dashboard pages

“Pages”, under pages section you can manage your all website pages. If you don’t how to create page in WordPress then checkout this guide.

basic wordpress dashboard comments

The next one is “Comments”, where you see and mange your all comments. Like when someone comment on your post or page they will show up here.

basic wordpress dashboard appearance

“Appearance”, under appearance you have 6 sub menus. The first one is “Themes”, where you can manage your all WordPress themes like installing a theme, activating, and deleting. If you don’t know how install WordPress theme than checkout these 4 ways to install a WordPress theme.

basic wordpress dashboard appearance customize

“Customize”, is basically a theme function where you can add your website logo, header images, site fevicon, and etc with live preview. Additional CSS, is the part of our Advanced WordPress, we will discuss this later in a few moments. One more thing you can manage your all “Widgets” from customization menu with live preview.

basic wordpress dashboard appearance widgets

“Widgets” where you can manage your website’s sidebar and its options. Well, this option is also available in the “Customize” menu where you can manage this with live preview. And here you can manage them without live previewing. Choose whichever suits you.

Next is “Menu” where you can create menus show them, wherever you want like in header navigation bar, footer or even in the sidebar.

“Header”, this option might not available to all because it actually depends on the theme you installed. So, we can leave this for now but if you have than give it a try.

“Editor”, we will discuss this in advanced section

basic wordpress dashboard plugins

“Plugin”, under plugins you have 3 sub menus, “Installed Plugins” where you can manage your all installed plugins. “Add New”, simply for adding a new plugin. “Editor”, we will discuss this in advanced section.

basic wordpress dashboard users

“Users”, where you can manage your website’s all users. You can add users for specific role like moderator, admin, subscriber, and etc. “Add New” for simply adding a new user. “Your Profile” where you can mange your own account like description, name, username, email, profile picture and so on.

Advanced WordPress Dashboard

basic wordpress dashboard tools

“Tools”, well I can include this section in basic but I think it is little more than basic so, I decided to include tools in Advanced WordPress section.

Before starting let me tell you one thing, I installed the latest WordPress version that is Version 4.9.6 and that’s why I can see 6 sub menus, but if you have lower than 4.6.9 then you’ll only see top 3 sub menus that are Available tools, Import, and Export. Checkout this post by WordPress on version 4.6.9.

Please, ignore the Reset WP option because it is added by a plugin I installed.

These all 5 options are for importing and exporting of you WordPress website. Like if you have you website on any other platform and you want switch into WordPress then you can use import tool. Because no one want to write all of his content twice. So, you can use these tools. These tools are provided under the core WordPress installation so, they are not going to change if you installed any plugin or theme.

wordpress dashboard settings

The last one is “Settings”, the privacy option is only included in the version 4.6.9 if you have lower than this will not visible to you. Other than this settings have 6 options, General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, and Permalinks.

General, where you set date and time of your website according to your region, your website name, tagline, email address, and so on. Just give it a try.

Writing, where you set default category and format for all WordPress articles, a section called Post via email frankly speaking no one use this option (I think). Let me explain you what it does, it will post an article on your WordPress website by email without even opening the WordPress dashboard.

You can set mail server, email, and password. So, whenever, you send an email to your WordPress website using the same email you mentioned here. Your WordPress website automatically post that email on your website in the form of article.

I tried this option once in my whole life but its terrible or I think I didn’t use it right but somehow, I don’t discourage you to don’t use this option. Give it a try, might you like this.

Reading, where you set a static homepage and post page or make the your latest posts as your homepage, you can manage how many post you want to display on a single page, and even you can manage how you want  to display on that page like you want to show whole content or just the summary of the posts. One more thing Search Engine Visibility always unchecked this option because if you mark this option search engines leave your website and you are not going to index in the search engines.

If you’re developing your website than you can mark this option because no one want to index for half or not fully designed website. So, whenever you fully developed your website than unchecked this option.

Discussion, it’s better to check by yourself it’s not too much complicated but its very lengthy for me to explain each and every option here. You can comment if you have any issue or you didn’t understand anything.

Media, where you can set default size for all of your WordPress website images.

Permalinks, where you can set URL parameters like this article has, you can select whichever you like but its important to choose clean and readable URLs.

wordpress dashboard editor

Now, the “Editor” option of the Themes and Plugins. The theme editor option contain the all core file like your whole website code including css, javascript, php, and html.

And plugin editor contain the all plugins files. If you don’t know how to code than don’t even think to touch this section. Because if you did something wrong than it will break your whole website.

On the other side, we can use extra plugins for editor section that allow us to add custom file in our website. We’ll discuss this a bit later may be in our next to next article.

And the Additional CSS is for adding your own custom css, like if you want to change text color, size, background color, or anything related to design, you can do it here. Without even touching the core editor files.

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