The Dashboard

Most of the time, the Dashboard is the first thing you see when you log in. It shows you a snapshot of statistical information about your site and some updates about WordPress development and plugins (see Figure 3-2).

Each box on the Dashboard (Right Now, Quickpress, Recent Comments, etc.) is a widget. If you've just installed WordPress, you'll see the widgets displayed in two columns. Click the Screen Options tab (to the top right of your Dashboard), and you'll see that you can specify the number of columns, from one to four. You can also turn off widgets altogether by unchecking them here.

Figure 3-2. The Dashboard widgets and screen options

You can drag widgets around to rearrange them (Figure 3-3). You can also collapse them so only the titles are displayed using the down arrow that appears to the right of the title when you hover your mouse over the title area. Some of the widgets, like Incoming Links and Development News, have configurable options. You'll see a Configure link next to the arrow if you hover over these widgets' titles. Let's take a look at what some of these widgets do.

Figure 3-3. Moving Dashboard widgets
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