I will now summarize other sections of the dashboard that we will make mention of by and by during other sections of the course. In summary:
This section allows use to create new blog posts. Think of posts as your articles that you will be writing from time to time. You will also add categories and tags.
Here you will manage the images, documents and files on your site. These are summarized as part of the Media Library, where you can also edit and update the files appropriately.
Pages are similar to posts, except that they’re normally not frequently edited like posts. You can also add, categorize and tag pages from here.
At this point, you can add comments, reply to and mark them as spam.
This menu item let you control the visual appearance of the site, including the theme, widgets and menus. You can also edit site theme files.
Plugins extend WordPress functionality. The plugins menu enables you to add, activate, and deactivate them as needed.
This menu section contains a list of all people on the site. It enables addition of a user, assigning the role to them, and managing them.
Here, you can access various tools for site management, including options to run a site health check (shows critical site information), import and export data to/from your site, convert categories and tags, as well as data management options.
The collapse menu
At the bottom of the WordPress dashboard, there is a link called Collapse menu, as shown in figure 1
If you click on this, it will hide the menu and show its icons instead. This is helpful if you want to increase the screen estate.
The toolbar helps you access most WordPress features. Once you are logged in to your dashboard and visit your front page, you will see the Toolbar running across the top of your site. This is shown in figure 2 below:
Please note that the toolbar is only visible when you are logged in. Your ordinary site visitors will not see it.
Your toolbar makes it easy for you to access the following features:
Hiding the Toolbar
You can hide the toolbar by visiting the User profile section on your dashboard. Proceed there by going to Users → Profile on the WordPress dashboard, as shown in figure 3 below.
You can unselect the Toolbar option as shown. This only affects the currently logged in user.
And that is just about it for the dashboard series. The tutorial has been fairly long, but I believe you’ve grasped what the dashboard is really about. Thank you for following along.
Any questions/additions? Shoot them in the comment box below!