The Activity Module on the WordPress Dashboard

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress has included an Activity module on the Dashboard that shows you any posts and activity surrounding those posts for a quick reference. Within the Activity module, you find these sections:

  • Recently Published: This area lists your most recently published posts and displays the date and title of the post. Clicking the title of the post takes you to the Edit Post screen in the Dashboard.

  • Most recent comments published to your blog: WordPress displays a maximum of five comments in this area.

  • The author of each comment: The name of the person who left the comment appears above it. This section also displays the author’s picture (or avatar), if she has one.

  • A link to the post the comment was left on: The post title appears to the right of the commenter’s name. Click the link and you go to that post on the Dashboard.

  • An excerpt of the comment: This is a snippet of the comment this person left on your blog.

  • Comment management links: When you hover your mouse pointer over the comment, five links appear underneath the comment. These links give you the opportunity to manage those comments right from your Dashboard: The first link is Unapprove, which appears only if you have comment moderation turned on. The other four links are Reply, Edit, Spam, and Trash.

  • View links: These links appear at the bottom of the Recent Comments module, where you can click All, Pending, Approved, Spam, and Trash.