Dashboard: HomeNow that you’ve successfully logged into WordPress it is likely you are currently looking at your Dashboard (also known as the Dashboard “Home”), a page that briefly summarizes the status of your website/blog. This screen will lay out any important action items for your site — necessary updates, blog post comments awaiting moderation, etc. — as well as present a recap of your site’s status, like number of pages and posts. Figure 1 illustrates the common default dashboard for WordPress Version 3.8.1.
If you’re like many, this page can be a bit overwhelming and may provide more information that you’re interested in when you first log into WordPress. If you wish to modify the content that displays on this screen, you will want to take note of the “Screen Options” tab in the upper right corner of the screen. This tab has been highlighted with a pointer in Figure 1. Expanding this tab will display a list of checkboxes that will allow you to toggle Dashboard panels on or off. The expanded Screen Options box is shown on Figure 2.Once you have selected (or more likely, deselected) the panels you wish to display or hide, you can then drag and drop the panels to order them in a way that makes sense, by simply clicking and dragging the title bar of the panel. This drag and drop method is demonstrated in Figure 2 with the Activity panel.
Dashboard: UpdatesAlso listed under the WordPress Dashboard is the Updates page, as picture in Figure 3 to the right. The Updates page provides you the version status of your site and will inform you of any pending or necessary update actions that need to be taken to keep your site current. As a proactive security measure, your WordPress site should be kept up-to-date.
Though the security benefits are certainly worth noting, one consideration with updates to be mindful of is that some plugins and themes may be affected by certain updates, so you may occasionally find that performing an update caused another piece of your site to break. This can be a frustrating situation and sometimes difficult to correct. If you find yourself in that situation, feel free to contact us for assistance.