WordPress - Navigating your Dashboard

WordPress offers many different tools, features, and widgets to help the user navigate each component. The Dashboard screen presents this information in an easy-to-access setup that can be personalized to suit each user.

Normally, the first thing you see when logging into your WordPress website is your Dashboard. This area gives you a snapshot of what's happening on your website.  


The elements you see on your Dashboard are called Widgets. These elements can be rearranged via dragging and dropping. 


They can also be expanded and minimized by toggling the arrows on the top right corner of each widget. 

expand widgets

In the top right corner of the Dashboard, you will see two additional drop-down menus: Screen Options and Help. 

screen options & help

Screen Options opens up a customization menu which allows you to show or hide different elements of your Dashboard 

screen option menu

Help provides information about widget customizations and helpful links to support and documentation

help menu

In addition to the widgets available on the Dashboard, you may also access the links listed on the sidebar. These links provide easy access different areas and features within your WordPress site. Each link has a submenu that can be accessed by clicking or hovering over the link menu you would like to expand. 


WordPress.nmsu.edu sites may have different menu links displayed along the sidebar; however, each menu item will perform the same basic functions as those displayed in a WordPress site not associated with NMSU. 
The links displayed on wordpress.nmsu.edu websites will be: 
  • Dashboard: Main landing page where notices, activity, and statistics are listed
  • Posts: Manage posts, tags, and categories 
  • Media: Add, manage, remove media content like videos, images, pdfs, etc. 
  • Forms: Create and monitor forums added on your website (Note: This material is a plugin and may not come standard for your type of website)
  • Pages: Create and manage the different pages of the website
  • Video Tutorials: View support videos on many basic elements of WordPress
  • Upfront: Manage theme personalization framework (Note: This is not required to have a theme and may require more in-depth skills to navigate. If you are new to WordPress, use Appearance to change your website's look)
  • Appearance: Change, edit, and customize the appearance of your website's theme, widgets, and menus 
  • Plugins: Extend and manage more in-depth usability aspects of your website
  • Users: Add or remove administrative users to your website
  • Tools: Provides tools and import/export controls for site content
  • Settings: Bulk of options are maintained like name, privacy, and permalink settings.
The final element you will see when navigating your dashboard will be the Admin Bar. This is displayed at the top of the page and provides quick access to the most commonly used features. 

admin bar

For more information, please visit NMSU WordPress Video Tutorials 

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at help@nmsu.edu.

Keywords:wordpress navigate dashboard get to know widgets front page start website blog   Doc ID:73314
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-05-16 07:11 MSTUpdated:2017-05-17 09:19 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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