In this knowledgebase article, we provide an introduction to and help you understand the backend WordPress dashboard.

We do so with curated content of select online articles, organizing and presenting them with our expert knowledge.

What is it?

The dashboard is the first screen you will see after you log in to your site and access the back end. 

Also known as the WordPress admin dashboard, WP Admin or WP admin panel, it is the control panel for your entire  website. Basically, it is where you create and manage content, extend functionality with plugins, change the look and feel with themes, and do much more.

Top 5 Reference Articles

Here is our selection of 5 articles from third-party sites that provide a concise and complete understanding of the topic.

Start with this article from WordPress.org which provides a concise overview of the administration screen.

The administration screen has 5 sections: the toolbar (and header), the main navigation, the work area (dashboard), and the footer.

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Read this article from WordPress.org next to get a more detailed understanding of the dashboard part of the administration screen.

The Dashboard screen presents information in blocks called widgets. By default, WordPress delivers five widgets on this page: At a Glance, Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress Events and News, and Welcome.

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This deep-dive article provides a more complete understanding of the WordPress dashboard. You will learn the various tasks and functions that the admin could perform from here.

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This is another in-depth article helping you to understand settings, appearance, and content creation.

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The admin bar displays handy shortcuts for logged in users. It provides quick access to admin tasks even when viewing your website’s front-end.

Read this article to understand the WordPress admin bar and how to utilize or customize it to your own needs.

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