General

WP Admin Dashboard

WP Admin can be considered as the classic WordPress dashboard. You will often see images of this dashboard when looking at WordPress tutorials online. While you can do almost everything in your main WordPress.com dashboard, you can use WP Admin if that is your preference.

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Access WP Admin

There are two ways to access WP Admin:

Image showing the link to WP Admin
  1. You can click on the link to WP Admin at the end of the list of settings under My Sites (shown left.)
  2. You can add /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (for example: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

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Dashboard Home

When you first open WP Admin, you will arrive at the Dashboard’s Home screen. This gives you an at-a-glance overview of what’s happening with your website.

Dashboard

You can catch up on news, view your draft posts, see who’s linking to you or how popular your content’s been, quickly publish a no-frills post, or check out and moderate your latest comments. It’s like a bird’s eye view of operations from which you can swoop down into the particular details.

The Dashboard contains the following modules:

  • At a Glance
  • Quick Draft
  • Activity
  • WordPress Events and News
  • Your Stuff
  • What’s Hot
  • Stats

At a Glance

The At a Glance module is exactly what it sounds like! It offers an “at-a-glance” look at your blog’s posts, pages, comments, theme, and spam. Click on the links and you’ll be taken to the associated screen. There is a count of your total comments and spam caught by Akismet. You can also click on the numbers to load the appropriate comments screen.

At a Glance

Quick Draft

Quick Draft is a mini-post editor that allows instant content creation from the Dashboard. You can include a title and body text in the post, and save it as a Draft. For additional options such as adding categories or setting a future publish date, you can use the Add New Post option instead.

You will also see links to your most recent drafts, allowing one-click access from the Dashboard. If you click on any one of them, you will be taken directly to edit that post.

Quick draft

Activity

The module has a lot of new functionality to make working with comments quick and easy from the Dashboard.

Activity

If you hover your mouse over one of the listed comments, action links will appear, letting you Approve/Unapprove, Reply, Edit, See the History, Mark as Spam, or Trash.

comment

If you click on the Reply action link, a form will appear so you can reply to the comment directly from the Dashboard.

Replycomment

WordPress Events and News

This panel gives you updates on all things WordPress. Did you know that there are WordPress events and meetups all around the world? There could be one near you!

WordPress Events and News panel

Your Stuff

The Your Stuff module displays links to your recent activity on WordPress.com. The module will display links to comments you’ve left on other WordPress.com blogs as well as links to posts on any of your blogs where you’ve recently made changes.

Your Stuff

What’s Hot

What’s Hot is a module to show links to:

Whats Hot

Stats

The Stats module is a favorite of many users. It’ll show you a graph of your blog’s traffic as well as links to some popular areas of your blog. The graph works just like the graphs on the Site Stats screens, so you can click a point to see more information about that day’s traffic.

Stats

You can learn more about stats over here.

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