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A guide to the new dashboard (pt. 1)

[Originally written and posted in the Support Forum 5/12/2008 (the day WP 2.7 was implemented). Re-posted here with some minor changes, also updated to include modifications subsequently introduced.]

Top level navigation changes

Top level navigation used to be Write ( → new post, page, etc.), Manage ( → existing posts, pages, etc.), and so on. Now the concept is reversed: Posts ( → add new one or edit existing ones), Pages ( → add new one or edit existing ones), and so on. Therefore:

WritePost PostsAdd New
WritePage are now PagesAdd New
WriteLink LinksAdd New
ManagePosts PostsEdit
ManagePages are now PagesEdit
ManageLinks LinksEdit

ManageMedia Library is now MediaLibrary. The Media section now includes Add New (uploading directly to the library, not via the post or page editor).

• Managing as well as adding categories and tags is in the Posts section.

• Managing as well as adding link categories is in the Links section.

(Note: clicking on a section title in the dashboard sidebar is the same as clicking on the first item of the section.)

In addition:

Design is now Appearance.

Custom Header (or other related theme options) is now under Appearance (when applicable).

• The Tools section includes Turbo, Press This, Import and Export. Later addition: Turbo and Press This top right as well (under Turbo).

• The blog name (top left) works as the former Visit site tab. Later addition (after complaints): pointer to make this explicit.

• The Forum and Support links are under Help (top right). Later addition (after complaints): bottom left as well.

• Up left in the Admin bar there is a New Post shortcut. A similar shortcut to the right includes creating new page and uploading media as well as access to comments and drafts.


• You can select items to be displayed or not (called modules), by clicking the Screen Options tab (top right).

Screen options are specific to a particular screen: there are separate options for the main dashboard screen, the post, page and link editors, the lists of posts, pages, categories, tags, links, link categories and comments, the media library, and the authors & users screen.

Later addition: screen options now also include
– number of module columns (for the main dashboard screen as well as the post, page, and link editors);
– number of entries per page (for the lists of posts, pages, and comments as well as the media library).

• Main dashboard screen: the modules can be dragged and rearranged, both vertically and horizontally.

• Main dashboard screen: you can make any section of the navigation menu (left sidebar) collapse or expand, by clicking on the arrow in its title bar.

• Main dashboard screen: you can minimize the whole navigation menu to a column of icons only, by clicking on the arrows of the grey separator lines.

• Post editor and page editor: all modules except the title bar and the main editor window can be dragged and rearranged; you can change their order, also move any or all of them below the editor window.

• Post editor and page editor: you can make any module collapse or expand, by clicking on its title bar.


11 thoughts on “A guide to the new dashboard (pt. 1)

  1. my dashboard appears to be broken. the graphics are incomplete, the widgets page is displaying continually spinning (loading) circles, and I am not getting the option to insert images into the site, only into the media library.

    Posted by rebkaplan | May 31, 2010, 18:00
  2. That last comment was really a –beginner– question, I should have selected “notify me of follow-up comments via email” otherwise I may never see the response–if there is one.

    Posted by rebkaplan | May 31, 2010, 18:22
  3. That sounds like a browser or connection issue. Start by clearing your browser’s cache and cookies.
    Which browser and version are you using? Do you have a second one?

    By the way, you’ll need to consult this post too:

    PS This post happened to have no comments; if you check other posts, you’ll see that I always reply to questions (even if I don’t know the answer)!

    Posted by Panos | May 31, 2010, 19:10
  4. I use Mozilla Firefox, also have Explorer but don’t use much. I’ve cleared cookies before but never cache, that I know of, how’s that done?
    Is it true that none of the WordPress themes can have child pages (sub-menus) shown in/under the navigation menu (as a hover), without an upgrade? My website/blog is intended to be primarily a listing of products, can you suggest which theme might be best suited for this purpose?

    Posted by rpk | May 31, 2010, 23:46
  5. 1) On clearing cache:

    Try your dashboard with Explorer too (or, better, download and use Safari) to see if the problem was with the particular browser or with your connection in general.

    2) You mean dropdowns. No it’s not true – see here:

    Posted by Panos | June 1, 2010, 00:59
  6. I can’t get the nav. bar to have dropdowns. Do I have to activate that feature in theme Structure? What about the first question in this post, does that mean one can’t hover over nav. bar menu and see child pages, which is what I want to do?

    Posted by rebkaplan | June 1, 2010, 15:19
  7. No, dropdowns aren’t optional: they are automatically created once you publish child pages. Have you?

    And is the browser/connection issue resolved?

    Posted by Panos | June 1, 2010, 16:58
  8. Well, there are posts on the child pages. Still don’t get any dropdowns from nav. bar.

    Yes, the website worked with Explorer, and worked again next time I tried with Mozilla. Do you recommend one browser over another? or is it more an issue of them getting filled with cache (if I only knew what that was) and cookies?

    Posted by rebkaplan | June 1, 2010, 18:31
  9. “there are posts on the child pages.”

    That phrase doesn’t make sense. A page is like a post, like one post: you cannot have posts on pages. To create a child page you go to Pages > Add New, create the page, select a parent from the Parent dropdown.

    “Yes, the website worked with Explorer, and worked again next time I tried with Mozilla.”

    Good! That’s way I suggested trying a second browser. Since things are ok in two browsers now, it was a temporary connection problem.

    “Do you recommend one browser over another?”

    Most emphatically yes! IE6 is obsolete (even Microsoft recommends abandoning it); IE 7 & 8 continue to refuse to comply to various web standards. The best browsers are Firefox and Safari.

    Posted by Panos | June 1, 2010, 22:23
  10. THAT’S it, I hadn’t created child pages (I was confusing pages with categories). But now I’d like the sub-pages, and the pages for that matter, to just show posts relevant to that sub-page and not the whole archive, which I realize is an option. Is this possible?

    Posted by rebkaplan | June 1, 2010, 23:46
  11. Let’s clear up a thing… A “page” such as your blog front or the one you get when clicking on a category is what we call a dynamic page: it displays a number of posts, and it changes content automatically when a new post is added. A “page” you create in Pages > Add New is what we call a static page: it’s just like a post, only outside the chronological order/structure of the blog; its content is fixed, and changes only if you edit the page.

    Normally the header tabs are links to static pages. If I understand correctly, what you’re looking for is turn the header tabs into links to your categories, and turn their dropdowns into links to your subcategories. That’s not possible, I’m afraid: you can do the one or the other, not both.

    One thing you could do is forget subpages and write links to your subcategories on the parent pages you have created. But the normal thing would be to rely on the Categories widget. Unfortunately, subcategories in Structure don’t turn up indented (as they should). You can remedy that by pasting this several times in a row before the actual word for each subcategory (it’s the html for a space):

    Alternative: Copy the URLs of your categories and subcategories, and create a custom list in a text widget. You’ll need coding for links and coding for nested lists; see here:

    Posted by Panos | June 2, 2010, 09:49


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