How to Use Classic WordPress – the Dashboard

This series covers the basics of how to use Ye Olde WordPress before all the newfangled updates were introduced, such as the Block Editor. In this post we’ll explore the Classic Dashboard. You can find your dashboard by using this url – just change it to include the name of your blog in the appropriate place:

You’ll still need to use this dashboard occasionally, even if you’re happy using the new WordPress menus because there are things you can’t do from the updated version, as we’ll see. The dashboard is linked at the bottom of the menus on your main My Home page. Find that here – again, just add the name of your blog:

If you want to log in directly to your dashboard rather than the main WordPress starting page then simply enter the wp-admin url for your blog while logged out and the log-in window should automatically redirect you to the classic dashboard.

So what’s on the Dashboard?

There’s a menu down the left-hand side of the screen with links to every area of your site. On the dashboard you’ll see a series of modules that you can reveal or hide as needed. And the Screen Options tag at the top right of the screen allows you to permanently hide the modules you don’t need. This is the dashboard of my main website:

Top left: At a Glance gives a summary of the total number of posts, pages, and comments, and the total storage space used and still remaining. It also tells you the theme you’re using, plus how much junk is in the spam folder.

Under this summary is Activity showing recently published posts, plus any you have scheduled. Under that it shows recent comments and any that need moderating. There’s also a tally of all comments, including pending and spam. (see second dashboard image below)

Top right: Quick Draft allows you to create a draft of a post without using the editor. You can then revisit the draft from the post list to edit and publish when you’re ready.

Under the Draft box is WordPress Events and News which shows links to the latest goings on elsewhere on WordPress.

Under the news is Stats giving a basic summary of the latest statistics for your blog, including the top posts and search terms bringing traffic to your site. Be aware that if you click ‘View All’ it takes you to the new Stats page, which we’ll be looking at in a later post.

Continuing down the page, under Activity on the left is Your Stuff which shows the latest activity, including who commented, and any edits or updates you’ve made. Helpful for keeping track of recent changes.

Finally, under your stuff is What’s Hot (not shown in the image above), which includes more links to WordPress news, including the blog and featured posts.

The Dashboard is your starting point for doing everything you need. However, if you want to create a new post using the Classic Editor, you’ll have to visit the Posts page first rather than clicking ‘Add New’ from the Dashboard. And that’s where we’re going next…

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