WordPress dashboard is the first screen a user see when he logs in to admin panel. Dashboard gives you a complete overview of website with the ability to customize, update or edit any content of your website.
Dashboard first screen gives you some quick links such for writing quick draft, replying to latest comment and other similar things. There are different sections in which WordPress dashboard cab be divided.
WordPress admin bar
WordPress admin bar is a floating bar on the top that contains useful admin screen links such as edit your profile, add a new post and pending comments etc. This can be changed by plugins to add additional functionalities. The admin bar was added in WordPress from version 3.1. Admin bar is turned on by default for registered user for both viewing the site and the WordPress Dashboard. if you don’t want, you have to go to ( Users -> Your Profile ).
This is the most important section of WordPress admin panel. It contain links of all the important section like posts, pages, appearance, plugins, themes, comments etc.
This section is by default hidden just below the admin bar. This section gives you options to show/hide different widgets on dashboard.
Welcome to WordPress
This section includes the Customize Your Site button which allows you to customize your theme. It has a center column which provides some useful links such as creating a blog post, creating a page or view the front end of your website. Third and last column of this section contains links to widgets, menus, settings related to comments and also a link to the First Steps With WordPress page of WordPress codex(WordPress Codex is like a documentation for learning WordPress development for developers).
Quick Draft section
Quick Draft is like a mini post editor which allows writing, saving and publishing a post from admin dashboard section fast. This includes the title of the draft with some notes about the draft and save it as a Draft.
WordPress News section
This WordPress News section displays latest news for latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding
WordPress etc. from the official WordPress blog.
Activity section shows latest comments, recent posts and recently published posts. It allows you to approve, disapprove, reply, edit or delete a comment directly.
At a glance section
At a glance section gives an overview of your blog’s posts, number of published posts and pages, and number of comments. When you click on these links, it will take to the respective screen. This display the current version of WordPress along with the current theme on the site.