How to Use the WordPress.com Dashboard
When you click the WordPress Dashboard link under the My Blog navigation tab, you go directly to your WordPress Dashboard page shown. Several modules on the Dashboard provide you with information about your blog, as well as actions you can take to navigate to other areas of the Dashboard, such as writing a new post and adding a new link or blogroll.
You can configure the Dashboard modules by moving them around on the page and changing the way they display. Hover your mouse pointer over the title bar of the module you want to move. Click and drag the module to the spot you’d like to move it and release the mouse button.
The navigation menu on the WordPress Dashboard appears on the left side of your browser window. When you need to get back to the WordPress Dashboard, click the Dashboard link that appears at the top of the navigation menu of any page on your WordPress Dashboard.
Each navigation item that appears in the menu has a submenu of links associated with it — hold your mouse pointer over a menu item and the submenu flies out on the right side of the menu, so you can click any of the submenu links.
Right Now Dashboard module
The Right Now module of the Dashboard gives you some stats on what’s happening in your blog this very second. The Dashboard displays the following information under the Content header in the Right Now module:
The number of posts: The number here always reflects the total number of posts you currently have in your WordPress blog.
The number of pages: This is the number of pages on your blog, which will change as you add or delete pages. Pages, in this context, refer to the static pages you created in your blog.
Clicking this link takes you to the Edit Pages screen, where you can view, edit, and delete your current pages.
The number of categories: This is the number of categories you have on your blog, which will change as you add and delete categories.
Clicking this link takes you to the Categories Page, where you can view, edit, and delete your categories or add brand new ones.
The number of tags: This is the number of tags you have in your blog, which will change as you add and delete tags in the future.
Clicking this link takes you to the Tags page where you can add new tags and view, edit, and delete your current tags.
The Dashboard displays information about comments on your blog under the Discussion header in the Right Now module. Specifically, you find the total number of comments currently on your blog.
The last section of the Dashboard’s Right Now module shows the following information:
Which WordPress theme you’re using
How many widgets you’ve added to your blog
Akismet spam stats
Recent Comments module
The next module is Recent Comments. Within this module, you find
Most recent comments published to your blog
The author of each comment
A link to the post the comment was left on
An excerpt of the comment
Comment management links
Your Stuff module
Scroll further down the Dashboard page, and you find a module titled Your Stuff; in it, you see the following sections:
Today: Click the links here to go to a page with options that let you manage today’s posts. This page contains new or updated posts you’ve made during the day.
A While Ago: Click the links here to go to a page with options that let you manage posts and updates you made in past days.
What’s Hot section
Last but not least, the What’s Hot section provides information about happenings in and around WordPress, including WordPress news, top blogs, top posts, fastest-growing blogs, and the latest posts made to blogs on WordPress. This section helps you stay in touch with the WordPress community as a whole.
Recent Drafts module
If you’re using a brand new WordPress blog, the Recent Drafts module displays the message There are no drafts at the moment because you have not written any drafts. As time goes on, however, and you have written a few posts in your blog, you may save some of those posts as drafts to be edited and published later. These drafts will be shown in the Recent Drafts module.
WordPress displays up to five drafts in this module and displays the title of the post, the date it was last saved, and a short excerpt. Click the View All button to go to the Manage Posts page, where you can view, edit, and manage your blog posts.
The last module of the Dashboard page is Stats. It includes a visual graph of your blog stats for the past several days. These stats represent how many visitors your blog received each day. The bottom of the Stats module shows some specific information.
If you find that you don’t use a few modules on your Dashboard page, you can get rid of them altogether by following these steps:
Click the Screen Options tab at the top-right of the Dashboard.
Clicking this tab drops down the Screen Options menu, displaying the title of each module with check boxes to the left of each title.
Deselect the module you want to hide on your Dashboard by clicking the check mark in the check box.
The module you deselected disappears from your Dashboard. If you have hidden one module and find later that you really miss having it on your Dashboard, you can simply enable that module again by selecting it from the Screen Options menu.