Dashboard Menu Options

The Dashboard menu options are where you'll find all the options to update and configure your website.

Jun 2020 5 minutes

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Welcome to the dashboard menu.

Down the left-hand side of the Dashboard and on every page, you will see a main admin navigation menu and this is where you will find all the options to update and configure your website.

If you have your cursor over each of the menu items, you will see there is a fly-out menu with various choices for that particular menu option.

Once you click on a menu option it will also expand beneath to show you the other available options below for quick reference.

So the main menu options are the Dashboard which takes you back to this sort of homepage overview and here you might see some Plugins, might add some Widgets and other information here, such as Analytics and here you will also have a link for the updates for the website core or WordPress, the Plugins, Themes, languages, etc.

Posts this is where you can create a new blog post or news article and you can update your Categories and Tags here for organising and archiving posts.

Media is your Media Library where all of your uploaded images, documents or files are stored, and you can browse through your media library as well as edit and update the files themselves.

Pages are where you create and maintain all your pages, often referred to as static pages as they tend to be pages that might not change very often such as contact us, about us, services etc.

Comments. If you have comments active on your website and generally, they are by default here they would start a list. All the comments and you can manage these in this section or mark them as spam.

Appearance, this is where you control how your site looks. You can choose a new theme, manage widgets or even edit menus across your website as well.

Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress and you can add and delete plugins within here as well as activate them or delete them.

Users. This is where all the users that have logins to your website will be listed and if you have any eCommerce or WooCommerce this is where your customers would get listed. Or, if you have Subscribers they will be listed here as well. You can also manage their roles as to what permissions they have but we will delve into this in another video.

Tools this screen is all the convenient tools such as exporting your data if you wish to make a backup of your content you can import data if you’ve got to have another blog and moving from another platform such as tumbler here and you can now thanks to GDPR export and raise personal data here also.

The Settings section is where your website is actually configured so among other things it allows you to configure your site name and the URL that people will visit to see your website. You can change the language, the time zone, writing settings, reading so which is the home page or a blog page if you wish to change this or where they are displaying, and how many are displayed. Control comments and how people leave comments. Most of the time this has all been set up for you generally by the Web Designer or Developer, so you don’t normally need to go into here and change anything.

And at the bottom of the menu, you will see there is a little link to collapse this menu, clicking this will hide the menu and simply display icons instead and clicking the small icon will expand it again.

Occasionally when you install a Plugin they will have their own configuration or set up pages and their location in this menu will entirely depend on the individual plugin, but most times these pages will appear there within the Tools section, or the Settings section, or in a completely new menu which you can generally find from hovering over the links in here.


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