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The Dashboard gives you a quick overview of your website. You can customise it to show important information at a glance. Plugins can add their own Dashboard widgets so be sure to check for new widgets after adding plugins.

The dashboard had two sub-sections:


The dashboard consists of a number of widgets that display information about your website. By default you get the following widgets:

  • At a Glance
  • Activity
  • Quick Draft
  • WordPress News

WordPress Dashboard

You can choose the widgets that appear on the Dashboard by clicking on the “Screen Options” tab in the top right-hand corner of the page.

WordPress Dashboard Admin Options

Each widget has a little triangle symbol in the top right-hand corner. You can click on this symbol to collapse and expand the widget.

Widgets can be moved around, try changing the position of some widgets. You can move widgets to different columns and change their vertical position relative to the other widgets.

Some plugins will have their own set of Dashboard widgets. It’s always worth checking which Dashboard widgets are available to you from time to time.

For example, here is a customised layout for the Dashboard:

WordPress Dashboard: Customised


From the updates sub-menu item of the Dashboard, you can see if your website requires any updates. It’s important to ensure your website is up to date to reduce the chance your website will be hacked.

The four sections of updates displayed are:

  • WordPress Core
  • Plugins
  • Themes
  • Translations

WordPress Dashboard: Updates

If any of the sections are out of date you should consider updating them.

Just press the update button. For the plugins section, you can check all the out-of-date plugins and update them at once. Alternatively, you can choose only to update a few plugins at a time.

Please ensure you have backups before updating any software on your website.

For an overview of the other WordPress admin sections go to the
WordPress Admin article.