What is a WordPress dashboard?

The WordPress dashboard is the first thing you see after logging in to your website.  The dashboard is like a control center that gives you a quick overview of your site and contains a menu of items that gives you access to various areas, such as your posts, pages, settings and any plugins you may have installed.

You may customize what you see on the dashboard by clicking Screen Options at the top, right-hand corner.  This will open a selection box so you can check or uncheck the widgets you would like to see displayed on the dashboard.

To select any of the left-hand menu options, click on the item in the menu or on the flyout menu that appears when you hover over some options:

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