In this WordPress basics guide, I will introduce you to the WordPress dashboard.
WordPress Dashboard is the first screen that you see after your login to your admin area.
If this is your very first time after installing WordPress, you will see a toolset welcoming you to WordPress.
You will see “Welcome to WordPress” notification along with links to some of the most basic tasks that you can get started with your WordPress website.
How do you access the WordPress Dashboard?
You can access your WordPress dashboard by logging in the admin area of your website. This is usually your website URL /wp-admin area.
If you are logged in already, you should find the Dashboard tab in the left-hand navigation menu.
Major Sections of the WordPress Dashboard
In addition to the welcome box displayed on the top, here are the major sections that you can see on the WordPress dashboard.
At a Glance - This widget box shows the count of your posts/pages and other custom content on your website. You can also see the current version of WordPress that you are using in this widget box.
Activity – The activity box shows recent activities related to posts, comments and other activities on your website.
Quick Draft – This widget on your WordPress dashboard lets you quickly add your post ideas and save them as drafts.
WordPress News – You will see the latest news and updates from the WordPress official blogs in this widget section.
Custom Sections of the WordPress Dashboard
Please note that your WordPress dashboard might look different depending on the plugins that you have installed.
Some plugins add their own widgets to the WordPress dashboard with additional information and updates related to the plugin.