Professional WordPress Theme Development

Becoming Familiar with the Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard is a first screen which will be seen when you log into the administration area of your blog which will display overview of the website. It is a collection of gadgets that provide information and give a glance overview of what’s happening with your blog. You can customize your needs by using some quick links such as writing quick draft, replying to latest comment etc.

Dashboard can be categorized as shown below. Each of these categories are discussed in the following sections:



Dashboard Menu

The WordPress Dashboard provides navigation menu that contains some menu options such as posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings in the left side.

Screen Options

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


It includes the Customize Your Site button which allows customizing your wordpress theme. 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. Last column contains links to widgets, menus, settings related to comments and also a link to the First Steps With WordPress page in the WordPress codex.

Quick Draft

The Quick Draft is a mini post editor allows writing, saving and publishing post from admin dashboard. It includes the title for the draft, some notes about your 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 unapprove or approve the comment, reply to the comment, editing the comment or you can delete the comment or move it to spam.

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  • Installing WordPress on Your Own Server

  • Getting Around WordPress

  • Configuring WordPress to Work Its Best

    • Choosing the Right Settings for Your Blog
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    • Managing Additional Authors on Your Blog
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    • Moderating Comments and Comment Spam
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  • How Is Different Than

    • and Complementary Differences
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  • Creating and Managing Content with WordPress

    • Adding Media to Your Blog and Posts
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    • Hands On with the Editors
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    • Hands on with the New Image Editor in Detail
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  • Finding and Using Plugins

    • Finding Plugins
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    • Installing Plugins Quickly and Easily
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    • Upgrading Plugins
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  • Maintaining WordPress

    • Database Maintenance for WordPress Users
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    • Updating and Upgrading WordPress
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    • Updating Plugins and Themes
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