Understanding the Dashboard

Since the Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into WordPress, it is important to understand what it all can do for you and the best way to get the most out of it.

The Dashboard gives you a quick overview of what is happening on your site. It allows you to see who is linking to you, how popular your content has been, view draft posts, check on latest comments and news, and it is also a place that you can leave important information that can be seen by everyone that helps create your site. We will discuss some of the common screens displayed on the Dashboard.

At a Glance

The At a Glance screen allows you to see the number of your blog’s posts, pages, and comments, as well as your theme and spam. Click on any of the links to see more on that topic, learn about Akismet or see the comments in your spam queue.

at a glance

Quick Draft

Quick Draft allows instant post creation from the Dashboard by using this mini editor. Simply add a title and body text for your post, and save it as a Draft. Links to your most recent drafts, are shown below the editor and contain links to directly edit each post. Note: This is a quick draft editor only so if you need to add categories or set a future publish date, you should use the Add New Post screen instead. 

quick draft


The Activity screen makes working with recent comments quick and easy by providing links to them. It also provides links to the most recently published posts or pages.


If you hover your mouse over one of the comments in this screen a menu with appear allowing you to choose to Approve/Unapprove, Reply, Edit, See the History, Mark as Spam, or move it to the Trash.

Reply comment

If you click the Reply link, a reply box will appear, allowing you reply to the comment right from the Dashboard.

Welcome To (Your Site)

This is a welcome screen to all the people that are helping you build your site. It has links to training videos and also has a place at the bottom for you to enter the sizes of images used throughout your site. It is important to keep this updated and make sure everyone adding content to your site is aware that this a good place to look for information.


If you need assistance adding content to this Welcome screen, contact your Account Director.