How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

Learn ways to customize your WordPress dashboard without editing code.

Your WordPress Site Administration AreaIf you are new to WordPress, you may want to see this tutorial about your site’s admin area: Your WP Admin Screen – A Tutorial

If your site was built with WordPress, 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, we’ll show you a number of simple ways to customize the WordPress backend without touching any web code.

Decluttering Your Admin Area

As you begin to add more functionality to your site, the information in your admin can start looking quite busy …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard Area

Fortunately, you can “tidy up” your work area by hiding, minimizing and reorganizing the layout of your admin panels.

How To Hide Dashboard Panels

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

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

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

Customizing Your WP Dashboard Screen

By ticking or unticking boxes, you can create a sparse-looking admin dashboard, and display only information that is absolutely useful …

How To Customize Your WP Dashboard Screen

How To Minimize Dashboard Elements

As well as hiding elements, you can minimize information screens in your dashboard area 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 display/hide as much information in your dashboard as you like …

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard Area

Reorganizing Information Content Blocks

You can also reorganize the the information blocks your admin dashboard using “drag and drop” …

How To Customize The WP Dashboard

useful tip

Some information panels allow you to configure additional display options that may not be obvious at first glance …

Customizing Your WP 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 …

Customizing The WP Dashboard Section

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

Customizing The WordPress Dashboard

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

How To Customize The WordPress Dashboard

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

Customizing The WP Dashboard

Remember to click the Update Profile button before leaving to save your changes …

Customizing Your WordPress Dashboard Section

Your new admin section colour scheme will take effect immediately …

Customizing The 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 a few quick and easy ways to customize the WordPress Dashboard without touching code or adding extra plugins. All it takes is just a few clicks of your mouse button.

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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