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2.4 Getting Familiar With the WordPress Dashboard

Welcome to lesson #4 of this WordPress tutorial. The very first thing you’ll see when you open the back-end or the admin interface is the WordPress admin dashboard. This is your starting place for the majority of tasks you’ll be performing in WordPress. In this lesson you’ll learn how to get to the WordPress dashboard, how to use this dashboard, and also how to customize it to fit your preferences and workflow. Let’s begin.

2.4 Getting Familiar With the WordPress Dashboard

Welcome to lesson number four. Now, the very first thing you'll see when you open the WordPress back end or the admin panel is the dashboard. This is your starting place for the majority of tasks you'll be performing in WordPress. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use this dashboard, and also how to customize it to fit your preferences and workflow, let's begin. So we're gonna work locally, we're gonna go to wp-demo-tuts/. And if you want to get to the admin panel, you simply add, wp-admin. You'll log in, And now you've landed on the dashboard. So the dashboard is made up of a few different cards that will give you information, statistics, and also quick links to your most common actions. Like for example, writing a blog post, adding a page, viewing the site, customizing your site, and so on. So this first panel is Welcome to WordPress, these are just some links to help you get started. From here, you can customize the site, change the theme, these I already mentioned. And you can also manage widgets, menus, turn comments on or off, and so on. Then we have a card here that's called At a Glance. This basically gives you statistics, how many posts you have, how many pages, how many comments. Also, it tells you what version of WordPress you have and what theme you are currently using. The Activity tells you which posts were recently published, and which comments were recently added. And from here, you also have options for the comment to unapprove, to reply, edit, and so on. This is one of the more useful cards, it says Quick Draft, you basically give it a title and a bit of content, and you save a draft. Now a draft is basically a version of a post or a page that's not published yet, but it's still saved in the database. You can think of it as a work in progress, you start a draft, when you finish it, then you publish it, right? Well, with this, you can do that really quickly. And then you also have some news right here about meetups, events, and so on. Now the nice thing about this dashboard is the fact that you can customize it. So for example, you can hide this card here, and you're only left with these. If you're not interested in a particular card, you can either do this, collapse it. Or you can go to Screen Options, and you can choose which card or which box you want to see. For example, if you want to hide WordPress Events, you just check that. If you wanna bring back the welcome screen, you can do that here, no problem. Now you can also move these around, so maybe you want the Quick Draft here, maybe you want the Activity here. There's a little bit of customization you can do. Another part of the dashboard is the Updates, which you can find on this menu on the left. This basically gives you a status indicating whether or not you have the latest version of WordPress installed, and if your plugins and themes are all up to date. So that's the dashboard, and actually, that covers the basics of working with WordPress. But we're just getting started, it's time we jump to the next chapter, which is content management. And in the first lesson of this chapter, you'll learn how to add and edit posts and pages. You'll also learn about the difference between these two types of content, see you there.

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