After you log in to your website admin panel, the first screen you see is the “WordPress Dashboard”. WordPress dashboard displays the overwiew of your site. From the Dashboard section you can quicly access your sites content and WordPress community.
The wordpress dashboard gives a quick way to respond to comments, writing a quick draft. WordPress dashboard provides information in Widgets. In the default it will display At a Glance, Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress News and a Welcome screen.
You can also customize your dashboard based on your requirements using the Widgets and several plugins. For example you can add Statistics to the dashboard. So it will help you to check how many peoples are viewing your blog without going to their page. It will save time.
The dashboard area is built by many widgets. We can enable or disable each widgets. To enable or disable the widgets, click on the “Screen Options” drop down menu at the top of the page. This will show you a list of default widgets and also it will show the widgets that have been added by plugins. Uncheck the widgets that you wish to remove from your dashboard and it will be automatically hidden.
Default WordPress Dashboard Widgets
The WordPress dashboard provides navigation menu that containts some default menus like Dashboard, Post, Media, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, Settings. The navigation may also contains other menus it depends upon the theme and the plugins which you are using.
Welcome to WordPress!
The Welcome widget is displayed at the top of the page. On the left side it contains a large button to customize the size. When you click on that it will takes you to the Theme editor area, where you can edit the codes of the themes and plugins. The middle column contains some useful links which will help you to create a post, About page and view your site. On the right side you can manage your menus and widgets. You can also turn your comments On or OFF.
At a Glance
It provides summary of the posts, pages and comments of our site. When you click on a specific link it will redirect to that particular page where you can manage your contents. In the bottom of this widget tells you that which version of WordPress you are using and which theme is installed.
The “Quick Draft” widget is used to create a new draft post based on your Future postings. When you have concept of a post just give a title and description of the idea you have and just click on Save draft. So that you can edit later.
The “Activity” widget displays your published latest posts and recent comments on your blog. You can reply to the comments from here itself through this widget. You can also Spam the comment or move it to trash
This widget displays the blog post from the official blog such as WP Tavern and WordPress.org blog. Here you can see announcement of WordPress updates, security notice and News related to WordPress. It is periodically updated.
Adding Dashboard Widgets
As I said before WordPress is not limited to that 5 default widgets. You can add many widgets to your dashboard. Whenever you add a plugin some plugin will automattically displays in this section. You can control everything by clicking on Screen options otherwise you need to disable from that plugin settings.
I recommend you to use Dashboard Commander by Josh Hartman to control the dashboard widgets.