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How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

How To Customize Your WordPress Dashboard

If you not familiar with the WordPress admin area, you may want to see this step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate your site’s administration area:

Is your website built with WordPress? If so, and you are logging in and out of your admin area regularly, it’s useful to know how to customize your WordPress Dashboard.

In this tutorial, you will learn a number of easy ways to customize your WordPress backend without touching any code.

Decluttering Your Dashboard Area

As your site grows, your admin area can end up looking quite busy …

Fortunately, you can “tidy up” the WordPress dashboard by hiding, minimizing and reorganizing the layout of your Dashboard panels.

Hiding WordPress Dashboard Panels

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

In the main Dashboard, clicking on the Screen Options tab lets you configure options like which panels of your Dashboard work area you want to hide/display …

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

How To Minimize Information Panels

As well as hiding elements, you can minimize information screens in your admin area by clicking on the tiny icons in the corner of a panel’s title bar …

This will help keep your work space uncluttered. You can expand/collapse as much of the information inside your dashboard section as you like …

Rearranging Admin Elements

You can also reorganize the the content blocks inside your WordPress dashboard using “drag and drop” …

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

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

As well as being able to rearrange 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 …

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

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

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

Your new admin section colour scheme will take effect immediately …

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

Hopefully, this tutorial has shown you some easy ways to customize the WordPress Dashboard without messing with web code or adding additional plugins. All it takes is just a few clicks of the mouse.

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