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The WordPress Dashboard

Part of the WordPress All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The WordPress Dashboard gives you an all-in-one glance at your blog's statistics and activity. The following table gives you brief descriptions of the main menu items in the WordPress Dashboard that apply across all versions of WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Each version provides different options, but the basic main menu of the Dashboard is standard across all versions.

Menu Description
Dashboard Find basic information and statistics for your blog, as well as information from the WordPress Development Blog and other blogs run by those involved with WordPress development or resources.
Posts Write new posts and edit previous ones. Create categories to organize your posts by topic; upload images; create post excerpts; send trackbacks; manage custom fields.
Media View all media files you’ve uploaded to your blog, including images, audio, video and more. Upload and manage new media files with the built-in media uploader.
Pages Write and publish new static pages for your blog, and edit or delete previous ones; and assign pages to custom page templates.
Comments Manage comments here by viewing, editing, or deleting them; also manage your comment moderation queue and comment/trackback spam.
Appearance Manage your WordPress themes by viewing them, activating them, and editing them in the Theme Editor. Use and configure Sidebar Widgets.
Plugins View a listing of plugins installed in your WordPress blog. Find new plugins, install, activate, deactivate, upgrade, and edit them.
Users Manage your users and subscribers and edit your own profile.
Tools Import data into your blog from another blogging platform (such as Blogger, Typepad or Movable Type) or export your current blog data into a backup file. Upgrade your WordPress software to the latest version using the auto-upgrade feature!
Settings Set the general options for your blog in this section. You find settings for blog posts, RSS feed, discussion options, privacy, and permalinks.
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