WordPress Dashboard Explained in 5 minutes

All basics about the wordpress dashboard Explained

wordpress dashboard explained

Click to see the wordpress dashboard explained one item at a time. After the install you can login into wordpress by using the address

https://yourdomain.com/wp-admin  or http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin you will see the following screen

login_into_wordpressafter you type in the username and password you will see the following screenwordpress_dashboard

 List of Menu Items in wordpress Menu

You can see there is a menu on the left hand side with the following items

  1. Home
  2. Updates
  3. Posts
  4. media
  5. Pages
  7. Appearance
  8. Plugins
  9. Users
  10. Tools
  11. Settings,

WordPress dashboard is divided into two halves

On the right side the current page that is being shown is the Home of the dashboard and has many controls that are highlighted, like customize your site, a glance at the total statistics of the wordpress installation, Your recent activity, a Form for quick post. whenever you click on any item at the left vertical menu the page on the right hand side will show the options regarding to the item that you have clicked for example when i click on updateswordpress_updates_page

Now this above page as you can see provides the option to upgrade your wordpress installation and also indicates the option to update your plugins and also indicates if new update is available for plugins. Now i will list all the items that are present in the vertical menu in the default install of wordpress and provide a brief explanation about what the menu item does. One more thing if we install some plugins/themes then more items do get added to the vertical menu. So here are all the items present on the vertical menu on the dashboard and there intros


  1.  All Posts: displays the list of posts/articles present in the wordpress database
  2. Add New: If you want to add an article/post click on this item it will provide an editor to add content
  3. Categories: This option gives you the option add/list categories into you system to categories your posts/articles
  4. Tags: these are the keywords under which you can categorize your posts



  1. Library: This lists all the media files like jpgs/gif/pdf etc that have been uploaded to your wordpress install
  2. Add new: it gives you the option to upload media files


  1. All pages: Pages are articles in wordpress that cannot be categorized and don’t have publish dates shown on them, so this link shows all the pages that are present in wordpress database
  2. Add New: This Shows the editor page to add a new page to wordpress.


Comments link leads to the page all the comments that have been posted by users about your articles(posts/pages) you can either approve them(which will make them appear below the article they were posted on) you delete them/span them and can even reply to them, comments are not shown on the website upto the time the post/page author doesn’t approve it.


  1. Themes: this option lists all the themes installed on wordpress
  2. Customize: gives the option to customise the appearance of the your wordpress website
  3. Widgets: Gives the option to add active components on sidebar/footer of website
  4. Menus: Allows you to edit the menu of your website in case the theme has allowed it.
  5. Header: This allows to customize the header of the wordpress website in case the theme has support for this function
  6. Background: This allows you to customize the background of your wordpress website if theme has inbuilt support for this
  7. Editor: This option presents a text editor which you can use to edit the important files of your wordpress installation.


  1. Installed Plugin: This shows a list of all the plugins that are installed/activated/deactivated on your wordpress website, also gives the option to change the status of the plugin or manage the plugin.
  2. Add new: This shows the option where you can add a new plugin and search for a new plugin
  3. Editor: This option gives you the option to edit the files of the plugin that are installed in your wordpress website


  1. All users: wordpress is a multiple user CMS, so this option lists all the users present on your wordpress install
  2. Add New: This option provides a form where you can add more users in different roles.
  3. Your Profile: Shows the options that are present for you as user like change your password, change email id, change color scheme for admin dashboard


  1. Available tools: This in default install shows the press this option which gives you the option to directly pickup content from some website you are visiting.
  2. Import : This will give you the option to import a file that will help you import content from other wordpress/blogger website.
  3. Export: This will help you export your content to a file that can be later imported using the import tool mentioned above.


  1. General: This section gives the option to configure the basic settings like site title, site description, email id
  2. Writing: This Section gives the option to configure the default category, even provides the option to post using email.
  3. Reading: This Section provides the option for doing the settings on the front page of wordpress what to display on frontpage
  4. Discussion: Here you can do the settings for comments, how avatars are displayed for every user etc
  5. Media: This is the place where you can set the default thumbnail size and how your files are arranged in folders on the server.
  6. Permalinks: This provides the setting to change how the pages are posts create their access urls, a very important setting that can effect your visibility on search engine.


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