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The Dashboard

In this WordPress video tutorial we examine how to use WordPress’ dashboard, becoming familiar with the dashboard home and the many useful dashboard widgets that are at your disposal.

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Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video we’re going to intoroduce you to the WordPress dashboard. Upon logging into WordPress you’ll be greeted by the WordPress dashboard. Here, you can get an overview of all that is going on in WordPress. There are a variety of widgets at your disposal and you might even see more widgets than what are here depending on what plugins your site is currently using. Widgets can be rearranged by clicking and dragging. You can collapse widgets by hovering over the title and clicking the small triangle.

On the top left you have the “Right Now” box, which is an overview of your stats on WordPress. You have your total number of posts, pages, categories, tags, comments, approved comments, pending comments, and spam comments. It also tells you what theme you’re using, how many activated widgets and what version of WordPress you’re running.

In the upper right you have the “QuickPress” box. Here you can quickly write a post and save it as a draft or publish it. It’s great for getting those fleeting ideas out of your head before you forget them. You can only provide the title, content, uploads, and tags from here. Anything further like categories or custom fields requires editing the post from the edit post page.

On the left we have the “Recent Comments” box. Here you can see all of the most recent comments to be submitted to your site. Comments with a gray background are already approved and live on your site. Comments with a yellow background need to be moderated. To moderate a comment, all you need to do is hover over the comment row and click “Approve,” “Spam,” or “Trash.” You can also edit comments or reply to comments. If there’s an approved comment that needs to be taken off the live site but not deleted or marked as spam, you can click “Unapprove.”

Here on the right is the “Recent Drafts” box. This shows a list of all the most recent draft posts. Clicking on the title will take you to edit the post where you can continue to edit or publish it.

Finally, we have the “Incoming Links” box. It’s quite possibly one of the most useless boxes, but it’s supposed to show you all the incoming links to your site. In reality, it rarely works the way you think it would and the list is usually far from all-inclusive.

You can display other modules on your dashboard in addition to the default ones by using “Screen Options.” You can find Screen Options in the upper right hand side of your screen. We’ll disable these first few so we can show you the ones that aren’t displayed by default.

The first one is “Plugins.” Plugins displays a list of new and popular plugins available. There’s also “WordPress Blog,” “Other WordPress News,” and “Welcome.” These aren’t really necessary or required, but they’re available if you want them.