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 on how to navigate your site’s admin area:

If your website or blog is a WordPress site, and you have to log in and out of your admin area on a regular basis, you may want to customize the WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you a number of simple ways to customize the WordPress admin area without touching any code.

Decluttering Your WordPress Admin Section

As your site gets bigger, your admin area can end up looking quite cluttered …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Area

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

Hiding WP Dashboard Panels

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

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

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

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard

By ticking or unticking boxes, you can a manageable admin dashboard, and view only information that is absolutely useful …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

Minimizing Dashboard Elements

You can minimize the information blocks inside your dashboard area by clicking on the symbol in the corner of a panel’s title bar …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

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

Customizing The WP Dashboard

How To Reorganize Dashboard Panels

You can also reorganize the layout of your site’s dashboard simply by dragging and dropping these around …

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Area

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

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Screen

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

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

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 Your WordPress Dashboard

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

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Section

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

Customizing Your WP Dashboard

Don’t forget to click the Update Profile button before leaving to update your settings …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

Your new dashboard color scheme will take effect immediately …

Customizing Your 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 modifying web code or adding any new plugins. All it takes is just a few clicks of your mouse button.

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard

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