WordPress Tips: Declutter Your Dashboard

If you have a WordPress website, you might be overwhelmed each time you login and see everything on your dashboard. Welcome, Quick Post, At a Glance, WordPress events around the world… what is all this, and why are you seeing it? If you’re like most people, you probably just ignore it.

I’m going to show you how to make your WordPress dashboard actually useful! It’s the simplest trick, but I guarantee it will improve your quality of life.

clean up your WordPress dashboard

Declutter your dashboard, free your mind for better things.

How to declutter your WordPress dashboard

Login to your WordPress dashboard. Now look in the right hand corner. See “Screen Options” there? Click on it, and then uncheck the boxes next to the things you don’t want to see.

simplify the wordpress dashboard

Once you’ve removed everything you don’t want your dashboard, you can drag and drop the remaining boxes to arrange them how you like.

I like to setup my dashboard so that I can see my traffic statistics at a glance, along with how my SEO (search engine optimisation) is doing. On a site with many administrators or authors, I also add in a user activity log. These dashboard features are available via plugins which Flax Digital installs on all the sites we maintain via our monthly WordPress maintenance plans.

Clean up every part of WordPress

Even better? The same “Screen Options” exist in other parts of the WordPress dashboard too, like the “Edit Post” page or the list of all posts and pages. If you don’t have comments on your blog, there’s no need for them to be taking up screen space. If you only have one author, you don’t need the features that show who wrote each post.

Once you’ve cleared away all the things you don’t use, leaving your WordPress dashboard clean and tidy, you’ll be ready to sit down and start writing some blog posts!

a clean desk for writing

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Alex is the owner of Flax Digital, a website consulting agency based in Ballarat, Australia. Alex has over 20 years' experience developing websites and digital strategy for businesses and non-profits in Australia and internationally.

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