How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Learn ways to customize your WordPress dashboard without editing code.

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Your WordPress Site Administration AreaIf you need help using WordPress, you may want to see this step-by-step tutorial about using your admin area:

If your website runs on WordPress, and you are logging in and out of your admin area regularly, it’s useful to know how to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you a number of simple things you can do to customize the WordPress control panel without editing any web code.

How To Declutter The Dashboard

As you begin adding more functionality to your site, the information in your dashboard can start looking quite busy …

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Section

Fortunately, you can declutter your work area by hiding, minimizing and rearranging your admin panels.

Hiding WordPress Dashboard Elements

The Screen Options tab is located in the top-right corner of your WP dashboard screen, in the header area …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard

In the main Dashboard, click on the Screen Options tab to configure options such as which panels of your Dashboard screen you want to hide/display …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Screen

By hiding/displaying, you can a manageable Dashboard, and access only information that is absolutely important …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Area

How To Minimize Dashboard Panels

As well as hiding elements, you can minimize information blocks inside your dashboard area by clicking on the little icon in the corner of a panel’s title bar …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Area

This will help keep your work space uncluttered. You can display/hide as much information in your dashboard section as you like …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Section

How To Reorganize Admin Elements

You can also rearrange the the content blocks inside your admin dashboard simply by dragging and dropping these around …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard


Some information panels in your dashboard let you configure additional options and may not be obvious at first glance …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard Section

Hovering over the panel’s title bar with your mouse, however, displays additional configuration options …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard Section

As well as being able to reorganize information inside your dashboard, you can also change the colour scheme of your admin sections directly from within your WordPress settings, or by using plugins …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Area

To change the colour scheme of your WordPress dashboard, click on the “Howdy, User” tab and select Edit My Profile

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Screen

You can also reach this screen by clicking on Your Profile in the main menu …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button at the bottom of your page to update your settings …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

Your new dashboard colour scheme will take effect immediately …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard Screen

To learn more about customizing your WordPress admin colors, see the tutorial below:

Hopefully, this tutorial has shown you a number of quick and easy ways to customize your control panel without touching code or adding additional plugins. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse button.

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Screen

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of and the author of The Small Business Digital Manager. provides hundreds of FREE detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress to grow your business online at minimal cost with no coding skills required!

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