Now, let’s get familiar with the Dashboard.
As I said, imagine Dashboard as the backstage of your blog. You do all your writing and formatting on Dashboard before publishing it on your blog where they can be seen.
WHERE IS MY DASHBOARD?
1. On the top left corner of your site you can see your blog title. Move your cursor over it, a list drops down.
2. Click on Dashboard – here we are at the Home of your dashboard (as indicated on the left column).
3. Below the Welcoming message is a summary of your blog in Right Now.
- Under Content: you see how many Posts, Pages, Categories and Tags you have created.
- Under Discussion: you see how many Comments you received.
- It tells you which theme you are on and how many widgets there are.
4. Other boxes on Home page of your dashboard are pretty straightforward:
- Recent Comment
- Your Stuff – contains all your blog posts
- What’s Hot – suggested readings
- QuickPress – for writing shorter posts
- Recent Drafts
- Stats – shows how many people visited your site
5. All the other tags on the left under Home are just elaboration of the boxes on the Dashboard page – there isn’t much info at the moment because your blog is new.
THE MIDDLE PART?
We will have a look at Posts, Media, Links, Pages, Comments and Feedback in the next section Posting when we learn to set up a teaching blog.
SOME MORE NUTS AND BOLTS
Now, let’s jump to the last four things on the left column of your Dashboard – they are for further customising the operation of your blog. Just to make sure it’s running the way you want it.
- this is where you can change your mind on themes
- click Customise to go the page with a menu on the right; click Cancel to go back to dashboard
- Widgets for arranging widgets
- Menu for arranging your pages, links and categories
- Theme Options allows you to add social network icon on your blog header
- Header, Background and Custom Design
- Mobile customises appearance for mobile devices
- Invite new users to post on your blog
- Complete your Profile, make Personal Settings
- Press This allows you to clip texts, images and videos from websites and post them to your blog anytime
- Post by email
- Import/Export for linking between blog accounts
- Delete Site – the only place where you can delete your blog
- General – set date and time formats
- Writing – set Default Post Categories, Post Format and Link Category
- Reading – set how many Blog posts show at one time; Site Visibility
- Discussion – to manage comments through email notifications
- Sharing buttons to appear below posts
- Polls and Rating
Now we’re ready to put a blog together properly!