A Simple Overview of the WordPress Dashboard

If you’re brand new to the world of WordPress, this tutorial is for you.

In this article (+post) I walk through each section of the standard administrative console and WordPress dashboard.

You’ll most likely be spending most of your time under the following sections Posts, Media, Pages or Appearance but here is a general overview of what each section covers:


This is where you’ll land every time you log into your WordPress site. You can edit the display options by clicking Screen Options on the top right. It also houses any updates you might need to make to your version of WordPress, your themes or plugins.


Under this section is where you add and edit any of your blog posts. Add a brand new one and schedule when you’d like it to go live or edit an existing blog post.


Upload and manage the media you have uploaded to your site (think: images and pdfs). If you want to upload videos, I’d recommend using a third party host and embed them where you need them.

If the words hosts and embed scare you, it’s a simple task your designer can take care of for you 😉


Under this section, you’ll find all of your static pages. And where you’ll be able to add an existing page to your site.

Don’t forget to go to Appearance then Menus if you want it added to your navigation bar.


This is where you’ll manage all of the comments on your blog. You’ll be able to review, reply and delete here.


To customize the overall settings of your site, you’ll go to Appearance then Customize and you’ll get full access to all of the options you can tweak for your site. Such as the font, font size, header, logo and more.


Plugins are simply something that you can install on your website that will grant it additional functionality. You’ll likely have a few of these installed on your site. Common plugins would be a back-up plugin, security plugin, a social sharing plugin, page builder, etc.


This is where you can manage the individuals that have access to your site. If you hire a virtual assistant, for instance, you would create them an account with appropriate user access under this section.


You’ll probably not ever need to access this site if a designer built your site for you. But just for general knowledge, the Tools section is most commonly used to Import or Export content from or to another website platform such as Blogger, Tumblr or another WordPress website itself.


Under this section, you can change your general website settings such as your site title and tagline. You can also update some of your blog settings and the way people are allowed to comment and interact with your site.

This is a general overview of your WordPress Dashboard and administrative console. Keep in mind, as you activate and install plugins the left-hand sidebar will grow accordingly to grant you appropriate access to those plugins.

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