Here we are providing basic tutorial on navigating through dashboard.

You can consider the Dashboard to be a Control Panel of sorts because it offers several quick links and areas that provide information about your website, starting with the actual Dashboard page as shown below -

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You can change how the WordPress Dashboard looks by changing the order of the modules that appear on it (for example, At a Glance and Activity). You can expand (open) and collapse (close) the individual modules by clicking the small gray arrow to the right of its title. This feature is really nice because you can use the Dashboard for just those modules that you use regularly.

At a Glance

The At a Glance module in the Dashboard shows some details of what is going on in your website right now, right this very second! Figure below shows the expanded At a Glance module in my brandspanking- new WordPress site.

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The At a Glance module shows the following by default:

The number of posts you have : This number reflects the total number of posts you have in your WordPress site; We have one post on my site. The number is blue, which means it’s a link that you can click. When you do, you go to the Edit Posts page, where you can edit the posts on your blog.

The number of pages : This is the number of pages on your website, which will change as you add or delete pages. (Pages, in this context, refer to the static pages you have created in your blog.) Figure shows that my site has 3 pages.

Clicking this link takes you to the Edit Pages page, where you can view, edit, and delete your pages.

The number of comments : This is the total number of comments on your blog. Figure shows that We have only one comment, which makes sense since this is a brand new WordPress installation.

Clicking the comments link takes you to the Edit Comments page, where you can manage the comments on your blog. We cover the management of comments in the Comments section

The last section of the Dashboard’s At a Glance module shows the following information:

The version of WordPress you’re using : Figure shows that we are using WordPress version 4.6.1. This version announcement changes if you are using an older version of WordPress. When WordPress software is upgraded, this statement tells you that you’re using an outdated version of WordPress and encourages you to upgrade to the latest version.

Which WordPress theme you’re using : Figure shows that I’m using the theme Influence. The theme name is a link that takes you to the Manage Themes page, where you can view and activate themes on your blog.

Search Engines Discouraged : This is displayed only if you have indicated that you would like to block your blog from search engines in the privacy settings.



Activity

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Within the next module, called Activity, you find these sections:

Recently Published: This area lists your most recently published posts and displays the date and title of the post. Clicking the title of the post takes you to the Edit Post screen in the Dashboard.

Most recent comments published to your blog: WordPress displays a maximum of five comments in this area (in Figure you see only one comment because that is a screenshot of a brand new installation).

The author of each comment: The name of the person who left the comment appears above it. This section also displays the author ’s picture (or avatar), if she has one (if she doesn’t, the default avatar appears).

A link to the post the comment was left on: The post title appears to the right of the commenter ’s name. Click the link and you go to that post in the Dashboard.

An excerpt of the comment: This is a snippet of the comment this person left on your blog.

Comment management links: When you hover your mouse pointer over the comment, five links appear underneath the comment. These links give you the opportunity to manage those comments right from your Dashboard: The first link is Unapprove, which appears only if you have comment moderation turned on. (Find out more about moderating comments in the “Comments” section, later in this chapter.) The other four links are Reply, Edit, Spam, and Trash.

View links: These links appear at the bottom of the Recent Comments module, where you can click All, Pending, Approved, Spam, or Trash.



Quick draft

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The Quick Draft module is a handy form that allows you to write, save, and publish a blog post right from your WordPress Dashboard.