Once you have a new blog, you’ll be confronted with WordPress’s extensive Dashboard. While it can be a bit intimidating at first, getting your first posts and images up should not be hard.
Dashboard Menu Top
Home: Your main dashboard page
My Sites: Your blogs
Akismet: If this is activated, it helps control spam at your site
All Posts: A list of all of your posts. You can use quick edit and the search and filtering in this list to edit your posts quickly (for example, adding a category to a bunch of posts, or turning off comments)
Add New: Create a new post. Posts can be organized in categories
Categories: Create sections and subsections for your blog.
Tags: Use these to further identify your post content.
Library: Everything you’ve uploaded
Add New: Upload a new image or file
This is where you can add sites you visit, they appear in your sidebar.
Pages: Pages do not flow with the rest of the blog. You can use them for things such as a static home page for your site, “about me” info, or any other content you do not want in the chronological flow of posts.
All Pages: A list of your pages, you can edit from this list.
Add New: Create a new page
Comments: If you have comments on, and have comments to review, you’ll find them here. If you activate comments and have a “public” blog, you will receive spam. Spam filters here should trap most of it, but you’ll have to clear it out.
Appearance: How you control the look and feel of your site.
Themes: The current default is “twenty-eleven.” You can choose from a selection of templates that will alter how your blog looks and behaves. Weaver is a very powerful template that lets you quickly customize your site.
Widgets: These appear in your blog sidebar. You usually want to have your categories and sometimes your recent posts showing here. You can add other widgets by dragging them to your sidebar.
Menus: This controls the main navigation menu (and other locations, depending on your template). Choose categories or pages you want to appear and add them to the menu maker.
Mobile: Ignore this. This is set up already and sends a mobile version of your site to smartphones.
Custom CSS: Love your template but really wish you could change your link colors, fonts or other things? You can change-out template CSS with your own code here. (Only use this if you know what CSS is.)
Background: Control your blog background color and image (only appears with certain templates)
Header: Control and customize your blog header. (only appears with certain templates)
Some templates will also add a template Administration menu here. Use it to customize your look even more.
Dashboard Menu Bottom
Plugins: These add features to your blog. Some plug-ins are already activated for you. Some plugins aren’t working so well and some are pretty cool. You cannot add new plug-ins but can use the ones available.
WP-Spamfree and Akismet: Spam catchers. If activated, you can control their behavior here.
All users: You can add users from the existing user-base to your blog (if you wanted to collaborate, for example).
Your Profile: Update your basic info here (use the BuddyPress profile settings to upload your avatar)
Tools: In here you will find tools for importing and exporting your blog content.
Delete Blog: Only use this if you are REALLY sure, there is no undo. Consider exporting your content first.
General: Your blog name and basic info can be changed here.
Writing: Your writing defaults can be set here. How big your editing window is, for example, or your default category.
Reading: How you want your posts to appear to others. Static home page or list of posts?
Discussion: Turn off or on comments and control who can comment and how you want to handle your comment queue.
Media: Control your default media sizes.
Privacy: Control who can see and read your blog.
Permalinks: Decide how you want your blog page links to look. (If you ever find your blog seems “broken” – can’t find any pages – re-save this page and all should be well again).
Other Settings: If you have certain plugins activated, their settings will also be found here.