Using the WordPress admin dashboard tools (Dashboard tool)
Before this post, we have written a complete and simple guide/tutorial on how to install and host WordPress locally on your PC and on an android phone for none PC users. You can read any of those posts if you are just getting started with WordPress. By proceeding, we assume you have already installed or using WordPress. On this post, we are going to talk about the admin dashboard, "DASHBOARD tool", and how to use it. The reason i capitalized the "DASHBOARD", is to distinguish it from the main Dashboard title. What do i mean? Now, WordPress admin Control Panel is generally known and referred to as Dashboard. Inside the control panel, there's a tool with the name as dashboard. We will shed more light on this later.
The WordPress admin control panel, AKA Admin Dashboard, allows you to manage and control the whole aspect, features and appearance of the front end of your website. On the first installation of WordPress and by default, the admin control panel comes with ten (10) major tools that you can use to get started. Looking at the screenshot below, you can see the default control panel tools as they are numbered.
The above 10 tools are the major tools you need to start building your website, and those are the default tools upon WordPress installation. Using those tools, you can control the front end of your website, install useful plugins to add more features, install themes to change its appearance and more. This tools are what we will be discussing on this post and next until we have covered all the ten (10) tools. So, the first and the number #1 tool is the "Dashboard Tool". Take a look at the screenshot below to see the tool I'm talking about.
Using the Dashboard Tool, you can view and manage all the themes, plugins and WordPress core updates. Under the Dashboard tool, you can see two links, namely "HOME" & UPDATES. The "home" link is the front page of the Admin Control Panel, more like the first page you will see upon your arrival to the admin control panel. This front page displays different information and insights at a glance, to help you quickly see how some aspect of your website is doing and take action.
we are going to move further to the next one as this doesn't need further explain, But like i said earlier, it's just the home page of your admin dashboard, which displays useful information at a glance.
The next one is the "Update" link, right under the "Home" link from the Dashboard Tool. Using the Update link, you can View and manage all the Themes, Plugins and WordPress core Updates. When ever there's a new Theme, plugin or WordPress Update, you will see a notification like the screenshot below.
The above screenshot shows that we have 1 update Notification. Now, clicking on the Update link will take us right to the update manager, where we can see and update either our Plugins, Themes or WordPress, depending on the available update. The screenshot below shows more detailed explanation of how this Update manager can help us see and manage our Themes, Plugins and WordPress updates, all in one place.
Although you can manage all the updates in one place as shown from the above screenshot, however, you can also update your themes and plugins individually from their individual places. We will talk more on this on our next post.
Keeping your WordPress website updated at all time can significantly improve your website's performance and security. WordPress has been voted as the most secured Content Management System (CMS), but it is still totally up to you to make sure your website stays secured at all time, and keeping your WordPress updated can play a huge part in that regard.
On our next post, we will be talking about the "Post Tool", AKA Publishing Tool. If you haven't joined our forum yet, please do so now, in other to receive notifications on our next post. See ya!