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What is: Dashboard

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The dashboard or WordPress admin panel is an administration area in WordPress that you and other registered users can see after logging in to your site. It provides a central hub for performing admin tasks such as creating a new post, installing a plugin, and changing website settings.

Depending on the user’s role, they will see different options in the WordPress dashboard. For example, authors and editors will not see options for installing plugins and themes, while an administrator will have access to all WordPress settings.

Glossary: Dashboard

What Will You Find in the WordPress Dashboard?

The WordPress dashboard is an administration area that provides everything you need to control your WordPress website.

This area isn’t visible to your website visitors. Only logged-in users who have permission can access it.

Areas of the WordPress Dashboard

The dashboard contains three main sections: the admin toolbar, the admin sidebar, and the dashboard admin screen.

  • The toolbar or admin bar is at the top of the page and has handy shortcuts to the WordPress home page, updates, the comments screen, creating a new post, and your user profile. WordPress plugins may add additional icons.
  • The admin sidebar is on the left of the screen. It provides navigation to every administration screen on your website, such as posts, media, pages, and comments.
  • The dashboard admin screen provides a quick overview of what’s happening on your website. It contains information boxes that display a content summary, posts that are recently published and scheduled to be published, and more.

For more information, see our glossary entry on the WordPress admin area.

How Do You Log In to the WordPress Dashboard?

On a default WordPress installation, you can log in to your WordPress admin area by adding /wp-admin or /wp-login.php after your site’s domain name, like this:

WordPress login form

We recommend that you change your WordPress login to a custom URL to make it harder for hackers to find your login form and to increase your WordPress website security.

If you can’t remember your URL, then just see our guides on:

How to Customize the WordPress Dashboard

You may like to customize your WordPress dashboard so it doesn’t become too cluttered and make it difficult to find the settings you need.

You can change the appearance of your dashboard by changing settings and using plugins. For example, you can

You can learn more in our beginner’s guide on how to customize the WordPress dashboard.

Customizing the WordPress dashboard

Besides this, there are a number of things you can do to protect your WordPress dashboard and improve its performance.

We hope this article helped you learn more about the dashboard in WordPress. You may also want to see our Additional Reading list below for related articles on useful WordPress tips, tricks, and ideas.

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