I’m going to take you on a tour of my WordPress admin dashboard!
Most people don’t customize their WordPress admin dashboards, but if they did, I’d be really interested in seeing what other peoples’ are like. Mine isn’t too different, but it might be worth a look. 🙂
Two columns instead of four
The first thing you may notice is that I’m using my dashboard columns plugin to change the number of columns from four to two. I didn’t like having four columns because everything looked smooshed. I could probably get away with having three, but for now I have two!
Two default widgets: At a Glance and Activity
On the left I have two default widgets: At a Glance and Activity. I think these ones are really useful, so I’ve kept them.
But on the right, you’ll see my Google Analytics Summary widget. This is from the Google Analyticator plugin. I really like having a summary of my stats right in the WordPress dashboard.
Quick Draft, Download Stats, and Forms
Next up, I have the default Quick Drafts widget on the upper right. Now that I think about it, I might actually remove this. I don’t actually use the quick draft part at all. The only thing I used to enjoy seeing was a list of my drafts, but I don’t even really use that anymore.
Just below that, I have the “Popular Downloads” widget. This comes from my download manager plugin. If you’re looking at the stats, then sadly the stats for the Rating Report Plugin and the MyMail Placeholder Class got reset at one point. Grr. I’m still mad about that!
Then, over on the left, I have a widget from Gravity Forms that shows me how many entries I have from my forms. I don’t actually read that much, but it’s cool to have.
Newsletter Details! (The best part.)
These widgets are the best!! …Because I coded them. 😉
The “Newsletter Signup Data” widget on the right is a recent addition. It shows:
- Which pages people have subscribed to my blog on (left column). I already did a post analysing this data, when I discussed the top pages that lead to more subscribers.
- Which signup form people use more often (the one below my posts or the one in my sidebar). I’m collecting data for a future blog post.
Then, I have a “Newsletter Stats” widget on the left. This one shows how many emails I’ve sent out that day, how many of them have been opened so far, and how many clicks they’ve received.
How to customize your own dashboard
You may know that you can move widgets around, just like on the Appearance » Widgets page. Just click and drag to move a widget to a new location.
But did you also know that you can hide widgets you don’t even use?
Click the Screen Options tab in the upper right of your screen. That will pull down a panel with all the widgets available. Simply uncheck the ones you don’t want to see and that will hide them from the page!