Customising The WordPress Dashboard

This tutorial explains how to customise the Wordpress dashboard!

If you’re new to WordPress one of the first things you may want to know how to do is to customise the WordPress dashboard and the widgets contained within it.

What do we mean by this? When you first login to WordPress you’ll see boxes of information such as the version of WordPress that you’re running, ‘at a glance information’ or the quick draft box.

Within the dashboard you don’t necessarily need all of this information displayed all of the time as it depends what’s most useful within your website. So to pick which widgets are visible select the screen options panel in the top right hand corner of the page.

This will show you a list of all of the Dashboard widgets available for use. If there’s a tick in the box of one that means it’s displayed on the dashboard so to hide a widget simply remove the click from the box. Or to display a widget simply place a tick in that box.

Plugin Based Widgets:

When adding plugins for example Analytics plugins some may provide a dashboard widget, if this is the case it’ll usually be active straight away on the dashboard however in some cases it isn’t, to check simply follow the process above to see if it appears within the screen options. 

Beyond this if you’re happy with the widgets on your dashboard but simply want to rearrange their placements you can do so by using them as drag and drop directly on the page.

Further reading:

How to install plugins with WordPress

This is a relatively basic tutorial on how to edit the WordPress dashboard there is so much that you can do with it and the platform is incredibly versatile. For example you can create custom dashboard widgets with the information that you want. We’d appreciate a share or any comments if you found this useful, thanks!

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