Customize Your WordPress Dashboard in Under 5 Minutes!

Here is a fun and quick video tutorial of the WordPress Dashboard where you will find all the helpful tools you need to create an amazing website. If you are a beginner or even have plenty of experience with WordPress, you will find this video incredibly helpful for getting up and running in no time! Check it out!

Full Video Transcript Below!

Hello and welcome to this video which will give you a quick tour of the WordPress dashboard, which is where you will find all the tools you will need to create an amazing website! So if you’re a beginner, or you have some experience with WordPress, you’ll find this video really helpful!

Lets get straight into it and head over to our WordPress Dashboard! Finding your dashboard is easy! Just type in “/wp-admin” at the end of your website address!

Now just log in using your username and password!

This is your dashboard. This is how most screens will look when editing your website. You will have a toolbar at the top, the main toolbar on the left, and the work area in the middle.

When you first log in to WordPress you’ll see a Welcome to WordPress message with a few links to help you get started. You’ll see a link to customize your site, an area of links for next steps such as writing your first blog post, adding an about page, as well as a link to see how your website looks right out of the box!

You can remove this when you no longer need it by clicking “Dismiss” in the top right corner of your screen.

The toolbar at the top has a few shortcuts you can use. For example, by hovering over your website’s name, you can open up your website by clicking this link. By hovering over the WordPress Icon, you can get information on WordPress, documentation, and access to the support forums.

This toolbar stays at the top of your page. So, while you’re editing your website, you can edit the post or the page. You can also add new content. To return to the dashboard, all you do is hover over the site name again and click on Dashboard. You can quickly get to other sections such as Themes, Customize, Widgets, and Background.

This toolbar also displays notifications for any updates or plugins, as well as any comments on your blog. You’ve also got quick links to add a new page, add a new post, as well as other options.

On the right hand side you’ll find links to edit your profile and to log out of WordPress. In your profile you can edit things like the color scheme for your WordPress, your name, as well as contact information and a brief description of yourself. This is where you can change your password as well.

To return to the dashboard, just click on Dashboard at the top of the main toolbar on the left.

Just below your username in the toolbar are two tabs, “Help” and “Screen Options”. Help gives you more information on the page you are currently on. Screen Options allows you to customize your dashboard by choosing which boxes are displayed. You just check and uncheck which boxes you want displayed.

On the left is the main toolbar. This is what you will use the most when editing your WordPress website. It has all the main sections such as Posts, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, and Settings for your website.

Hovering over a section displays the sub menus for that section. If you don’t want this big toolbar on the left, but would like to just have icons, you can collapse it by clicking “Collapse Menu.”

You can also re-arrange the boxes in the dashboard by clicking the top of a box and dragging it anywhere else. You’ll see a dotted grey outline, which shows you to where you can move the box. This lets you completely customize your dashboard to how you best like it.

You can also minimize these boxes by clicking their respective arrows.

Each box tells you something different. For example, the “At a Glance” box shows you a summary of your site’s content and the current version of the theme your website is using. And the “Activity” box shows your recent activity

A handy box is called “Quick Draft,” which allows you to quickly create a new post and save it as a draft. This is a great way to create a new draft of something you suddenly think of then later come back to it and finish the post. You can then submit it to you blog!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this video and have learnt all about the dashboard! Now that you are familiar with the dashboard, let’s go onto the next video, which takes you through Posts & Pages. We’ll describe the difference between the two and show you how to create each one! Please give this video a quick like and share it with friends! Thank you and see you in the next video!