WordPress Wednesday: How to Customise Your Dashboard

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Time for another WordPress Wednesday! Weekly tips for new and established self-hosted WordPress users, designed to help you get the most out of your site from Sarah, a WordPress website developer.

How to Customise your WordPress Dashboard

A short and sweet one today – we’re taking a look at that little Screen Options button in the top right! If you’ve never noticed it before, don’t worry, it’s pretty inconspicuous.

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But it can do a lot! Today we’re focussing on the dashboard but it works on every page of WordPress and will give you different options depending on where you are, so have a play around!

So, what happens when you click on it?

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It’s essentially a way to change the modules you see on your screen. Many WordPress users aren’t bothered about the WordPress News module – just uncheck the box to turn it off! Some of your plugins might have modules too, like Jetpack for example. With this option checked you’ll see your site stats on your dashboard. Neat!

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While there are probably plugins that will have similar effects for some of your pages, it’s worth remembering that every plugin will add a bit of a load time to your site. If you’re looking for an easy way to customise your WordPress dashboard then Screen Options would be the first place I’d check :)

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