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5 Wordpress Dashboard Basics

Posted by Drew Hendricks on April 6th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Wordpress has made the blogging world that much better with its intuitive layout and ease of use. And, it's all thanks to the Wordpress Dashboard. The Dashboard allows Wordpress users to do everything from manipulating a website's theme and web design to managing widgets. Here are just a few of the helpful Dashboard basics:

1. Appearance Is Everything

When it comes to the initial setup of a Wordpress website, the Appearance page is the go to place to get the job done. There, the user can choose a theme or web design that best suits them. The user can also decide the amount of widgets they want on their website as well as the header and menu style.

2. It's All About The Setting

The Settings page in the Wordpress Dashboard is another basic tool that's helpful for any user. On the Settings page, the user can alter the website or blog title and tagline, change personal information like email addresses, adjust the website's time zone, and even control site visibility from private to public. The Settings page is a user's first stop to get that website set up with exact specifications.

3. Propose A Post

When it comes to a blog, it's all about the posts. The Posts page is where all the action takes place in terms of daily website presence. In the Posts section of the Dashboard, a user can create, edit, and save drafts of any blog post before going live and publishing them. Not only that, posts are automatically arranged by date, so finding and editing old posts is an absolute breeze.

4. A Quick Comment

With any website, receiving and managing visitor comments is essential to keeping information relevant and visitor traffic continuous. In the Comments page, users can monitor and respond to all the comments left on their blog. Not only that, a user can approve or unapprove any comment made and keep track of those comments by the date in which they were received.

5. Keeping Up With The Stats

On the Dashboard homepage is a sampling of the daily stats a user's website or blog receives. Those stats can be expanded into more detailed statistics through the actual Stats page. On the Stats page, a user can see the daily views, total number of visits, and views by country that their website receives. The Stats page is a one stop shop for website and blog performance.

Once the above basics of the Dashboard are mastered, blogging and daily website maintenance will become second nature to any Wordpress user. With the Dashboard, choices can be made in regards to a site's web design and general settings, thus making the managing of a Wordpress blog that much more enjoyable.

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