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 tutorial about using your administration area:

If your site was built using the WP CMS platform, and you are logging in and out of your admin area on a regular basis, it’s useful to know how to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will learn a number of quick and easy ways to customize the WordPress admin area without touching a single line of web code.

How To Declutter Your Dashboard

As your site gets bigger, the information in your admin can start looking very busy …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Screen

Fortunately, you can customize the WordPress dashboard by hiding, minimizing and reorganizing the layout of your information elements.

How To Hide Information Elements

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

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

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 hide or display …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Screen

By hiding/displaying, you can organize your Dashboard, and display only information that is absolutely useful …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

Minimizing WP Dashboard Elements

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

Customizing Your WP Dashboard

This helps you keep your work area uncluttered. You can expand/collapse as much information in your dashboard as you want …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard Screen

How To Reorganize Information Panels

You can also rearrange the layout of your site’s dashboard using “drag and drop” …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Screen

useful tip

Many panels inside your WP dashboard can also be further configured when hovered over with your mouse. For example, here is a content area with no mouse hovering …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

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

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

As well as rearranging scheme will take effect immediately …

Customizing 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 your control panel without touching web code or adding additional plugins. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse button.

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Screen

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