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 backend section, you may want to see this step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate your admin area: Your WordPress Control Area – A Step-By-Step Tutorial

Is your site 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 simple things you can do to customize the WordPress control panel without modifying any code.

Decluttering Your Dashboard

As your site grows, the information in your dashboard can start looking quite busy …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard Area

Fortunately, you can customize your work area by hiding, minimizing and reorganizing your information elements.

How To Hide WordPress Dashboard Elements

The Screen Options feature is located in the top-right corner of your WordPress admin screen, in the header section …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard

In the main Dashboard, clicking on the Screen Options tab lets you specify options such as which panels of your Dashboard work area you want to hide or display …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

By hiding/displaying, you can a manageable Dashboard, and access only necessary information …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Screen

Minimizing Information Elements

You can also minimize the information blocks in your admin area by clicking on the little inverted icon in the corner of a panel’s title bar …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Screen

This helps you keep your working area uncluttered. You can display/hide as much of the information inside your dashboard as you like …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

Reorganizing WordPress Dashboard Content Blocks

You can also reconfigure the the information blocks your admin dashboard simply by dragging and dropping these around …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard

useful tip

Some panels in your WP dashboard can also be further configured when hovered over with your mouse. For example, here is a content area showing only the expand/collapse icon …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Section

Hovering over the panel’s title bar with your mouse, however, displays the ability to further configure this panel …

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Area

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

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

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

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard Section

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

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

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

Customizing The WP Dashboard

Your new dashboard colour scheme will take effect immediately …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard

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

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Hopefully, this tutorial has shown you some simple ways to customize your site’s admin area without touching code or adding additional plugins. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse button.

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

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