WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard Overview

The WordPress Dashboard is a first screen which will be seen when you log into the administration area of your website.  The dashboard has different sections as shown in below image. Each of these sections is described below-

Dashboard Menu

Shows the dashboard navigation menu that includes posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings on the left side.

Screen Options

The dashboard contains different types of widgets which can be shown here. It contains check boxes to show or hide screen options and also allows us to customize sections on the admin screen.


 The center column provides some of the useful links such as creating a blog post, creating a page and view the front end of your website. The last column contains links to widgets, menus, settings related to comments.

Quick Draft

This is the mini post editor which allows writing, saving and publishing a post from admin dashboard. It includes the title for the draft, some notes about the draft and save it as a Draft.

WordPress News

The WordPress News widget displays the latest news such as latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding the software etc. from the official WordPress blog.


The Activity widget includes latest comments on your blog, recent posts and recently published posts. It allows you to approve, disapprove, reply, edit, or delete a comment. It also gives you the option to move a comment to spam.

At a Glance

This section gives an overview of your blog’s posts, number of published posts and pages, and number of comments. When you click on these links, you will be taken to the respective screen. It displays the current version of running WordPress along with the currently running theme on the site.