WordPress Dashboard and Admin Interface

The Admin Interface gives you access to the features of WordPress. It is organized into four sections: the Admin BarNavigation Toolbar, the Work Area and the Footer.

Admin Bar

The Admin Bar is available when you are logged in to your site. You will see it from the public view and from the admin view.

3.8 Dashboard

From the Admin Bar you can easily access the following:

  • WordPress Logo
    • About WordPress
    • Help & Documentation
  • My Sites
    • If are a member of more than one site hosted on UCI Sites , you can access your other sites from the My Sites drop down menu.
  • Your Site – Links to the public view of your site.
  • Comments – Administer any comments on your site.
  • + New – (Note: If you do not have all of these options, you may not have a role with sufficient privileges.)
    • Post
    • Page
    • Media
    • Link
    • User
  • Howdy, Your Name
    • Edit My Profile
    • Logout link

Work Area

The large area in the middle of the screen is the Work Area which changes as navigation choices in the Navigation Toolbar are selected. When you first log in, the work area shows the Dashboard which gives you an overview of your site.

Navigation Toolbar

The main navigation toolbar is located on the left side of the screen.  It contains the Dashboard and all of your site tools.


The Dashboard is located in the upper left corner of the page.  Click on Dashboard to load the Dashboard and automatically expand the Dashboard menu.

Screen Options

You can decide what you want to see on the screen by selecting the Screen Options tab. This will expand the “Show on screen” options and you can select what you want to see in the Dashboard. The following options are the default.

Screen Options

  • At a Glance panel – Shows how many posts, pages, categories, tags, comments and spam you have on your site, is a concise overview of what’s going on, and also displays the current theme selected and how many widgets you are using. If your site is Private, it will display “Search Engines Discouraged”.
  • Activity – includes Recently Published content and Recent Comments
  • Other WordPress News – News about WordPress
  • Welcome – A getting started Welcome screen. (Hidden by default.)
  • Quick Draft – a quick way to create a post draft. (Hidden by default.)

Navigation Tools

Fly Out NavationWordPress has “fly-out” navigation tools. Hover over each section to see the options underneath. If you click on one of the sections, that section will expand and stay open while you are on that set of tools.


The Posts tool is where you can add new posts, edit existing posts and edit tags and categories for your posts.

Posts Tools


The Media tool includes your Library that lists any images, audio and video files you have already uploaded. The Add New link helps you upload new media to your library.

Media Tools


Pages are static pages on your blog.  They are different from posts.  Pages can include information about you or the site and are not time sensitive like a post.

Pages Tools


Comments are a way for you to get feedback from your readers. The Comments section allows you to administer your comments to approve, reply, edit, mark as spam or delete. By default, your site will moderate all comments from new people. We also have Akismet spam protection installed.


The Appearance tool allows you to change the look and feel of your site. We have over 50 themes loaded and themes can be changed at any time. Click on each theme to preview what it will look like before you decide.  Any options that come with the theme you have selected will be located under the Appearance menu.

(Note: If you change your theme and have customized your widgets, they may seem to disappear from your site. They are still available under Appearance > Widgets in the Inactive Widget section. Simply drag them back to the sidebar in your new theme.)

Appearance Tools


The Users tool shows you the people contributing to your site. You can add other people who have a UCI email address to your site as authors, editors, contributors, etc. You may also edit your profile here.

Users Tools


The Tools tool has a couple of WordPress specific tools for your browser. You can also import your posts or comments from other blogs to your site.

Tools Tools


The Settings tool is the main area to set preferences or properties for your site.

Settings Tools

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