Once you’ve signed up for a blog, you’re ready to start exploring your dashboard, the behind-the-scenes control panel where you can publish content, manage comments, and change your settings, among many other cool things.
The dashboard is referred to as the “back end,” of your site, and only you (and any users you’ve assigned) can see it. The “front end” is what the outside world sees when they visit yourblog.wordpress.com. You can access both parts of your blog any time (we’ll show you how in a moment).
Think of it like the evening news. Your dashboard is like the studio, full of cameras and monitors and people rushing around to make sure that everything is ready by 10 p.m. But only the people involved in making the news get to see what happens behind the scenes. The part of your blog seen by the world-at-large is the show that airs on TV, the final result of all the hard work contributed by the writers, producers, and film crew.
Ready to check out your dashboard, the studio where you’ll create, edit, and manage all the content that gets published on your site?
If you just signed up and activated your WordPress.com account, you’ll be taken directly to a welcome screen in your dashboard. To take a quick peek at how your new blog currently appears to the outside world, click the title of your blog in the top left corner of the screen. (If you have a private blog, only you can see it.)
You’ll see something like this, with an auto-generated post titled “Hello world!” and a few widgets in the right sidebar. Now head back to the dashboard so that you can get acquainted with how to customize your blog’s appearance and start publishing content.
Once you have an account, you can use the toolbar at the top of the screen for quick access to your blog’s dashboard while you’re signed in:
This is your dashboard, where you can access all the powers of your blog:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the menus here, don’t worry – you only need to know your way around a few key parts of the dashboard to start publishing content and personalizing your blog’s appearance.
As you get more familiar with WordPress.com and want to extend your blog in new ways, we have support documents that explain each of the dashboard menus, so you can learn at your own pace, and get answers whenever you need them.
We recommend that you take a minute to poke around the various dashboard menus, then head to Settings > General at the bottom.
Here you can change the title and tagline for your site (as often as you like), and adjust other general settings. Go ahead and update this section now.
If you’d like to change your site’s privacy settings, you can do that next from Settings > Privacy.
Once you’ve saved the changes to your settings, feel free to spend some more time getting acquainted with the dashboard menus. You can’t break anything, and if you make any mistakes, we can help.
If you’d like to move content from an old blog to your new blog, it’s easy, even if the old one isn’t on WordPress.com.