WordPress Tips & Tricks: Navigate, Understand, and Customize the WP Dashboard
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WordPress is a content management system which means you can release dynamic changes to the website with just a few edits (without having to need a strong understanding of Web programming).
But, unlike a basic HTML/CSS CMS you could create through simple PHP includes, WordPress takes the pressure off the user and presents them with a wide variety of options.
The dashboard, within the backend of your WordPress installation, becomes your main “hub” of activities to allow for these changes whether it’s adding new content, installing plugins, responding to comments, or making edits to the code.
The following is broken into two parts:
A. Understanding the WordPress dashboard to increase your efficiency
B. Customizing the dashboard and tailoring the backend to your workflow
The two items, listed, can greatly aid in your usage of WordPress. Let’s start.
A Brief Overview (and Understanding) of the Dashboard
The best way to learn is by doing but if you’re strict on time than take a look at the following video which shares insight about the WP dashboard.
Tailoring the WordPress Dashboard to Your Liking
Customization can be tricky if you’re unfamiliar with WP plugins and coding. There are simple tweaks and then there are difficult tweaks. The following video will give you an excellent overview on the basics of customizing your WP dashboard.
The WordPress dashboard is like your desk – it should be functional and intuitive. The default installation of WordPress presents a dashboard that takes care of these two items for most individuals; others, though, may want to seek customization to allow true flexibility and proficiency in their use of the backend.