How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Learn ways to customize your WordPress dashboard without editing code.

Your WordPress Site Administration AreaIf you not familiar with the WordPress Dashboard, go here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate your site’s admin area:

Is your website or blog built with WordPress? If so, and you are logging in and out of your admin area regularly, then it pays to know how to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will learn a number of quick and easy things you can do to customize your WordPress control panel without touching any web code.

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Decluttering Your Dashboard Area

As you begin to add more functionality to your site, your admin area can start to look really busy …

Customizing The WP Dashboard

Fortunately, you can declutter the WordPress dashboard by hiding, minimizing and reorganizing the layout of your Dashboard panels.

How To Hide WordPress Dashboard Elements

The Screen Options tab is found in the top-right corner of your WordPress administration screen, in the header area …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Screen

In the main Dashboard, click on the Screen Options tab to configure options such as which panels of your Dashboard work area you want to view or keep hidden …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

By ticking or unticking boxes, you can a manageable Dashboard, and access only information that is absolutely useful …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Screen

Minimizing WP Dashboard Panels

You can minimize content screens inside your admin area by clicking on the icons in the corner of a panel’s title bar …

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Area

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

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Section

Reorganizing WP Dashboard Content Blocks

You can also rearrange the the information blocks your WordPress dashboard simply by dragging and dropping things around …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Area

useful tip

Some panels inside your admin area can also display additional options when hovered over with your mouse. For example, here is a panel with no mouse hovering …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

If you hover over the title bar area with your mouse, however, you will see a link appear that lets you further configure the information …

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Section

As well as rearranging scheme will take effect immediately …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

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

Hopefully, now you know a few simple ways to customize the Dashboard without editing web code or adding any new plugins. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse button.

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard


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