Tour the Dashboard

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In this tutorial we will cover the Dashboard:

  • How to navigate around WordPress
  • Where to modify your profile
  • Where to find help

The Dashboard is what you see when you first log in – it’s the ‘control center’ of the blog and it gives you access to all the site management features.

Let’s first take a look at the top bar:

the first link on the left goes back to the UVM WordPress home page where you can view the most recently published blog posts from the community. If your blog is set to be private, your posts will not appear on this page.

To return to the dashboard, click on my sites, (and if you have access to more than one blog) go to the title that you wish to work on – in my case it’s insect photography – and choose dashboard. Alternatively, you can just hover over my sites and hover over your blog title, like this.

Next to the house icon, you see the title of the blog you’re currently working on (if you have access to more than one blog, you’ll want to double check which one you’re in before you make any changes).

To view your blog site, hover over that title, and click “Visit Site.” This takes you to the public face of your blog site. TWO thing to note. One is that there is a sample post, page, and comment. We’ll be covering these in later tutorials, and you can edit or delete them then. The other thing to note appearance of your blog is completely customizable, but every new blog is created with this default theme. In the intro video you saw that there’s a wide range of possible designs and we’ll be covering how to modify this in the tutorial called Customize Appearance.

For now, let’s return to the dashboard; hover over your blog title, and select it.

Continuing along, you can see how many comments you have that are awaiting moderation, in other words, if someone has replied to one of your posts, you’ll see this number change and you can moderate the discussion by publishing or deleting replies. We’ll cover this more thoroughly in the “manage comments” tutorial.

Under the +New sign are some functions that we’ll also be covering in later tutorials.

Now on the far left, you can hover over your name and explore this menu, but the one thing I want to point out here is that this is where you can edit your profile.

Now, let’s glance at the left menu. This is where find all the tools to set up and manage your blog. Each of these links has its own tutorial, so I don’t want to get deep into it now, but just to say that you can hover over links to see submenus, and you can collapse your menu, if you like with this button here – to just see the icon view- and the re-open it with the arrow button.

Finally the center or body of the page has some features that give you a quick glance at your

The purpose of the content here in the main body of the Dashboard is to provide shortcuts to the tools on the left. If you click Screen Options over here, you can choose what to display in the dashboard body.

Finally, this help button is contextual. So whatever page or area of the blog site you’re in, the help will be about that area. For now, if I click help, it’s about the dashboard.

So, next up, we’ll go straight into the Settings.