What is WordPress Admin Area (WordPress Dashboard)

Last Updated On November 19, 2018
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WordPress admin area is an administrative panel of your WordPress site. It is also known as WordPress dashboard and WordPress admin panel.

WordPress admin area can be accessed by visiting your WordPress admin login page URL in your web browser. Which looks like:


What Is The Use Of WordPress Admin Area?

WordPress admin area is a center of administration of your WordPress site. As an administrator of the site your WordPress site, you have full rights to access your WordPress admin panel.

You can also fix the user role of your team’s members like SEO expert, editor, contributor, or author allowing them to access your WordPress dashboard with limited rights, as per their jobs

Some users such as users with the subscriber role only have access to their profile page inside the admin area of your website.

Your WordPress admin area provides information and an overview of what’s happening with your blog. You can customize your needs by using some quick links such as writing a quick draft, replying to the latest comment, etc through your dashboard. It also provides information about:

  1. It Tells You, What is being done on your website?
  2. The number of posts published or in drafts of your site.
  3. Recent activity on your site like comments.
  4. Some important settings information like search engine visibility.
  5. Maintenance activity notifications.

And so on. Thus, it provides an upper-level overview of your website.

What is admin area (wordpress dashboard)

What Are The Section in WordPress Admin Area?

As in the above screen, you can divide the WordPress admin area into three section.

  1. Admin bar: At the top of each administration screen is the toolbar or admin bar. It provides access to several administrative functions. like like adding a new post, commenting and so on,
  2. Navigation panel: On the left side screen is the main navigation that provides access to most of the WordPress management tools. Each major section typically comes with a sub-menu that can fly out and expand to show extra options of the section.
  3. Work Area: The area in the middle of the above screen is called the work area. This is where you can write, edit, and delete posts as well as adjust settings.

At the bottom of each admin panel(WordPress dashboard), the page is the footer. The footer contains links to WordPress and the version of WordPress that you currently have installed on your site.

Further Reading:

What Is Administrator?
What Is User Role?
What is Administration Screens?
What Is Screen Options?

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