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Top 10 WordPress dashboard settings and components you must know


WordPress powers a huge assortment of blogs and website, and each one of them is destined to attract the customers and viewers to the product or service offered by the website owners. WordPress websites are used both for information delivery and sales purposes. The small business owners, individual workers and the advertising companies in Dubai use this platform to make their brand’s official website but most of them are still unaware or have forgotten the basic settings and the great components this platform that can completely change the look of the websites. 10 such amazing features are as follows:

1. Left-hand Main navigation menu

The WP dashboard has a left-hand menu as well! There are items and sub-items present in it which are essential to accomplishing the multiple tasks related to the website. In short, it’s a place from where you can control the whole website.

Accessing the sub-items option is quite easy. All you have to do is click on the desired item and it will expand giving you all the sub-items options or else you can just hover your mouse key over the item to choose the sub-item you are looking for.

2. Pre-installed plugins

WordPress comes with two pre-installed plugins (the latest versions do). One of them seems a bit useless as all it does is display the lyrics of the song and is named Hello Dolly. On the other hand, the other one named Akismet is useful for those who plan on running a blog. This plugin helps you filter the comments received on the blog posts. The few advertising agencies in Dubai which use WP as their blog platform witness the use of this amazing plugin and guarantee that it works well.

3. Permalink setting

Coming onto the settings that you must know, there is this permalink setting you need to focus on. Why is that so? It’s because the original permalink setting is not at all SEO friendly. In order to abide by the rules and regulations of SEO system, you need to change the settings of the permalink to ‘post name’. By doing this, your customer URL will be set as the permalink and this will make your website easily searchable on the web server.

4. Five default widgets

While viewing the dashboard, we see the widgets widely spread in it. The five major widgets that make the dashboard include Welcome, Activity, Quick Draft, At a glance and the WordPress News. These are the perfect reflection and report of the events taking place at your website. Moreover, these widgets are the source of help that allows you to navigate your website correctly and add content to it as well.

5. Assign the user role

It’s never necessary that only one person is the one developing a website. For a website to work perfectly, a team is often required and each member of the team requires access to the setting part of the website. On WP, there are 5 different types of user roles that can be assigned. This makes working even easier and quite fun. The five user roles include administrator, author, editor, subscriber and the contributor.

6. Post slug and excerpt

Do you wish to customize the URL of every post that you add to your website? SEO supports that which makes it quite important, right? By adding the slug option to the new post pages, you can customize the URL for the post without any hindrance. The excerpt option, on the other hand, gives you the access to utilize the posts excerpts for different versions of the similar post.

Wondering how to add these setting options? It’s simple! Visit the post button, click ‘add new’ and then click the screen options. There make sure that you have checked the ‘slug’ and ‘excerpt’ option and you are good to go.

7. WordPress SEO Yoast

The best SEO related plugin for WP is the WordPress SEO by Yoast. This plugin takes care of all the elements and customizes them in ways which are best for the search engine optimization. It helps you judge the keywords and stay on the topic that is related to the title. Yoast plays an essential role while dealing with the custom title and description. This is a must plugin for your WP.

8. Comments section

So did you know that you could review all the comments which were added by the viewers to your blog post? There is a comment administrative screen which views all the comments and authors of the comments. You can review and make any changes that you like. The top ones include approving or disapproving a comment, giving it a quick edit or moving it to spam/ trash.

9. Media review

In the media section of the dashboard, you get two options. One is the ‘add new’ option while other is the ‘library’ option. Here, all the media that you have ever uploaded pr decide to upload is saved in the dashboard. The ‘add new’ option allows you to upload the images, audios, and videos and the ‘library’ section gives you the facility of storing the uploaded media items.

10. Post section

At the end, the component that we have at hand is the ‘post’ option. WP is responsible for viewing the posts in a reverse chronological order keeping the recent post at the top. The four sub-items that this option poses are all posts, categories, tags and the ‘add new’ option. Each of these options offers great features and you must explore them to get all the benefits that you can.

These are the ten WordPress dashboard secret settings and components that are used well once you get to know about them. Study them well and use them to the fullest!

Junaid Ali Qureshi Author

Junaid Ali Qureshi is a digital marketing specialist who has helped several businesses gain traffic, outperform competition and generate profitable leads.His current ventures include Elephantation, eLabelz, Smart Leads.ae, Progos Tech and eCig.