WordPress Dashboard & Admin Bar
Using the WordPress Dashboard
The WordPress Dashboard allows you to control all of the behind-the-scene details of managing your site. Once you find your way around the dashboard, you’ll realize it’s really easy to use and navigate.
First we’ll take a look at the dashboard home screen. After you first log in, you’ll see a top welcome box from WordPress with some quick links to help you get started.
The next section is the Right Now section. Here you’ll see the number of post, pages, categories and tags for your site’s content. You’ll also see discussion information for comments, like the total number of comments, and numbers for those approved, pending or marked as spam.
In the Right now section, you’ll also see what WordPress theme you’re currently running on this site plus the number of widgets and your current version of WordPress.
The Recent Comments section shows you just that, recent comments. Here you can quickly unapprove or approve comments, reply, edit, mark as spam or send to trash, too.
The Incoming Links section shows incoming links to your website or blog found by Google Blog Search. Incoming links are when another blog links back to your site. If you have a brand new WordPress site, you probably won’t have any incoming links.
In the Plugins section, you’ll find information on the most popular, newest plugins and recently updated plugins from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory.
If you scroll back up to the second column, you’ll find the Quick Press section of the WordPress Dashboard. QuickPress will allow you to publish or save a draft of a post straight from this screen, which is great for quickly publishing content. You just won’t have all of the formatting options like you do in the WordPress post editor.
The Next section is for recent drafts of posts. Once you start creating posts and if they’re saved as drafts, the five most recent drafts you’ve started be visible here.
The last two sections are the WordPress Blog and other WordPress News. These are Updates from the official WordPress project and the WordPress Planet feed.
If you’d like to customize what sections you see from the WordPress dashboard, visit the Screen Options tab on the top right side of your screen. Click the arrow to expand this section and you’ll see checkboxes for each of the sections usually included in the WordPress Dashboard. To remove any of the sections, just un-click the checkbox beside the section you’d like to hide. You can also choose the number of columns for the screen layout, too.
If we return to the Dashboard Home, you can also expand each of the sections by clicking the arrow to the right. You can also drag and drop the boxes to change the order.
In addition to the WordPress Dashboard Home screen, the other major component of the WordPress Dashboard is the left-hand navigation menu. This navigation menu provides links to all of the WordPress administration screens for posts, the media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings. We’ll explore the rest of these menu items in more detail in the upcoming videos.
If you ever find yourself needing help, just click the Help tab in the upper corner. Click the arrow to expand and you’ll now see helpful information that walks through the overview, navigation, layout and content of the WordPress Dashboard. From here, you can also find a link to the WordPress.org Codex documentation on the Dashboard and to the support forums.
Using the WordPress Admin Bar
The WordPress Admin Bar is the dark grey bar that goes across the very top of the screen once you’re logged in to your WordPress site.
On the far left side of the WordPress Dashboard, you’ll see the WordPress logo. If you hover over this logo, you’ll see links to WordPress-specific information. These are great quick-links if you’re ever needing to take a look at WordPress documentation, visit the support forums or leave feedback.
To the right of the WordPress logo, you’ll see the name of your site. Hover over this and you’ll see a submenu to visit the front end of your site. This is how your site looks to visitors.
The next section gives a quick reference for comments.
The last section on the left side of the Admin Bar is the + New link. If you hover over this link, you’ll see a submenu that will quickly take you to the add new screen for post, media, page and user. All of these things can also be done from the navigation on the left side of the dashboard, but this link is great for getting these tasks done quickly.
On the far right side of the screen, you’ll see “Howdy, your name.” Hover over this section to see the submenu to edit your profile or log out of the site.
By default, once you’ve logged into your WordPress site, the Admin Bar will also be visible to you from the front end of your site. If you hover over the name of our site, then click visit site, you’ll see the front end of your site. From this view, the WordPress Admin Bar changes a bit.
Now, if we hover over the title of our site section, we’ll see links for the dashboard, which will take us back to the dashboard home, and links to take us to themes, customize, widgets, menus, background and header. Again, all of these sections can also be found from the left-hand navigation menu in the WordPress dashboard, but this is a great quick reference.
This view also adds a search function. Click the magnifying glass to open the search prompt.
Most people find the WordPress admin toolbar useful, but some people may want to turn the WordPress Admin Bar off from the front end of the site. Remember, the WordPress Admin Bar is only visible to you when you’re logged in to your site.
To turn off this view, click the Edit my Profile link. Now, from this screen, you’ll see a check box to Show Toolbar when viewing site. Simply uncheck this box to turn this view off, then scroll to the bottom and click Update profile.
If you return to the front end of our site, the WordPress Admin Bar will be no longer visible. If you decide later that you’d like to turn the Admin Bar back on, just return to your edit profile and check the box to show the toolbar again.
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