4. The Dashboard

The Dashboard (Figure 4.1 on the next page) is the first thing you see when you log in to any installation of WordPress. It’s your captain’s chair, the tower from which you overlook the grandeur of your digital kingdom, the window into your blog, and a dozen more clichés.

Figure 4.1. The WordPress Dashboard, in all its glory.


The Dashboard provides information at a glance about a variety of WordPress-related items through eight modules:

• Right Now

• Recent Comments

• Incoming Links

• Plugins

• QuickPress

• Recent Drafts

• WordPress Blog

• Other WordPress News

Out of the box, the Dashboard’s customization options are limited, ...

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