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 not familiar with the WordPress backend section, you may want to see this tutorial about using your site’s admin area:

Is your website or blog powered by WordPress? If so, and you have to log in and out of your admin area on a regular basis, then it pays to know how to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will learn a number of easy ways to customize the WordPress admin area without modifying any web code.

How To Declutter The Admin Area

As you begin to add more functionality to your site, your admin area can start looking very cluttered …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

Fortunately, you can customize your admin area by hiding, minimizing and rearranging your information elements.

How To Hide WordPress Dashboard Panels

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

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

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

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Section

By ticking or unticking boxes, you can create an uncluttered-looking admin dashboard, and access only information that is absolutely necessary …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Area

Minimizing Information Elements

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

Customizing The WP Dashboard

This helps you keep your work space uncluttered. You can expand/collapse as much of the information in your dashboard as you like …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

Reorganizing WP Dashboard Elements

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

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard Area


Some information panels let you configure additional display settings that may not be obvious at first glance …

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

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

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Section

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

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

To change the color scheme of your WordPress dashboard, click on the “Howdy, User” tab at the very top right hand corner of your administration screen toolbar and choose Edit My Profile

Customizing Your WP Dashboard

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

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard Screen

Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button before leaving to save your changes …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

Your new dashboard colour scheme will take effect immediately …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Section

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

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

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard


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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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