WordPress Dashboard Overview For New Bloggers In 2020

As newbie bloggers, there are lots of people who struggle with WordPress. From the basic functionalities to the advanced features of WordPress there are lots of things to learn about the WordPress content management system.

know your wordpress dashboard

So today we are going to take a complete overview of the WordPress dashboard. For the people who want to start their successful blogging journey in 2020, Having enough information about your blogging platform is always an advantage for you.

Because whenever you want to invest your time and money into something that is valuable for you, the basic information is required to make sure that you are not wasting your time and money!

Complete Overview Of WordPress Dashboard (Latest Version)

WordPress is easier to understand and use when compared to other complicated content management systems. Hence, it’s not the only CMS available in the market but the majority of the people choose WordPress because of its simplicity and quality features.

When you log in to your WordPress dashboard for the first time you will get confused. But actually it’s easier than you think because it’s not necessary to use all the options available on the dashboard.

So let’s start the overview of each and every option you will get to use in your new WordPress dashboard.

Tools Menu -Top Bar

When you log in to the dashboard for the first time you will see a menu like a navigation bar where you can access quick action tools for your blog. Most of these tools are very basic and easy to understand.

You will see an icon similar to the WordPress logo by clicking that button you can get additional support or help for using WordPress to the fullest. Documentation, Feedback, and About WordPress links are also provided along with the support link.

After that, you can simply try the other buttons on the menu. That is provided for visiting your blog, managing comments, creating a new post or media related to your blog. If you install any quality plugins in the future then you might see additional options on this menu.

Now let’s move to the Tools menu located on the left-hand side of your dashboard.

Admin Dashboard Main Menu on The Left

You can consider this menu as the most useful tool menu where you will find almost every tool you need, in order to run your blog properly. Starting from the options related to posts on your blog this menu has a total of 9 different options to interact with your blog, Let’s have a close look at all the tools.

1. Posts

One of the most useful options that will allow you to create, modify or delete the posts/articles on your blog. However, this option is not limited to these tasks only because you can also modify, create or delete categories and tags within this option.

2. Media

The second option you will see on this menu is media, which allows you to manage your site’s photos, videos, and other types of media files. When you hover your mouse over this option you will see two different options.

One of them will let you manage your media in the library format. While another one is for adding new media files for your blog/site.

3. Pages

The pages option is similar to posts option but it will only allow you to manage all the pages in your blog or add new pages according to your requirements. You can view and edit all the important pages like privacy policy, Disclaimer, About Us, Contact us, etc. Once you have published them.

4. Comments

After receiving blog traffic, many people will start commenting on your articles for sharing their own opinions or questions. In spite of being a useful option commenting system can be harmful to your blog.

If someone starts commenting rapidly on your articles then you won’t be able to control this process unless you use comments moderation. That’s why WordPress provides comments moderation system from the start and you can decide which comments you want to allow and which not, by using this option.

5. Appearance

The next option is the appearance, which is also one of the most useful options in this menu. When you head over to this option you will see more options related to your blog’s appearance.

The first option within appearance is “Themes” where you can find a great theme for your new blog or website. Beneath this option, you will see customize which is used to customize your installed theme to make it attractive and user-friendly.

Widgets option is dynamic as it will only show up when the theme installed by you, provides widgets. From there you can manage all the widgets or reposition them as you want. You can easily manage all the menus in your blog from the “Menus” option within appearance.

6. Plugins

With plugins option, you can easily install new plugins, update old plugins in your blog, or even delete the plugins you don’t need any longer. You can find a plugin for literally any task you want but installing too many plugins in your site will increase the load so it’s not a good choice.

7. Users

There are a lot of people who like to work in groups or teams so this option is the most useful for them. If you are one of those people then this option will allow you to create new users, with different privileges to contribute or work on your blog/site.

You can also delete the users you don’t want or revoke any extra privileges from the users whenever you want. At the same time, you can also edit/view your own profile from the user’s option.

8. Tools

The tools option comes with lots of useful functions such as import, export to backup or recover your site’s data completely. But there are other options too, For example, you can export your personal data or delete it permanently.

Another option you can find within the tools section is “site health” by using this feature you can analyze your site/blog’s health and see if it needs any problem fixing or not. And the last option known as network setup can be used for connecting various WordPress sites together to create a network if you want to do.

9. Settings

The last option which is related to the settings will help you set up and organize different components of your blog. You will find the following options within the settings section.

  • General
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks
  • Privacy
  • Table of contents
  • Sharing

All of these options represents a different task which you can easily understand from its name. However, there are some options that will take you some time to understand properly. like permalinks that are used to define the URL structure of your posts.

Conclusion

Using WordPress is easy for anyone. But understanding the basic interface is always mandatory for using any system to the fullest. You can use the above list of features included on the WordPress dashboard when starting a new blog.

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