By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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

The WordPress Dashboard gives you an all-in-one glance at your website’s statistics and activity. This 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 site, as well as information from the WordPress Development Site and other sites 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 site, 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 site; and edit or delete previously published pages; 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 site. 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 site from another content management platform (such as Blogger, Typepad, or Movable Type) or export your current site 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 site in this section. You find settings for posts, RSS feed, discussion options, privacy, and permalinks.