Some of the reasons I like WordPress for creating photo blogs and other types of websites are that it is very easy to use and flexible enough to accommodate most website requirements. The WordPress dashboard and interface is very user intuitive, and what new users may not realize is that it is also customizable. In fact, the screen options are context sensitive. If you haven’t had a chance to explore all of the screen options in WordPress, here’s a brief overview.
While on the WP dashboard, if you click on Screen Options in the upper right hand corner of the screen, you’ll see the check boxes where you can choose to show or hide certain elements:
Shows your current amount of posts, pages, categories, comments, etc.
Shows your five most recent comments
Uses Google Blog Search to show when other blogs have linked to your site.
Suggests some of the most popular or newest plugins.
Allows you to quickly create a blog post from the dashboard without going into the posts section.
Shows your recent blog drafts.
Shows the latest posts from the WordPress.org blog.
Other WordPress News
Links to other WordPress stories.
Includes links to help newbies get started with WordPress.
# of Columns
You can actually change the number of columns on the dashboard screen if you prefer a different layout.
Depending on what area of WordPress you’re currently viewing, the screen options will change. For example, if you’re viewing a post and you click on Screen Options, you’ll see these checkbox options:
Note that on my screen options, the All in One SEO Pack and Page Links To options appear as a result of plugins I’ve installed, so you may have additional checkboxes depending on the plugins you have activated.
If you haven’t done so already, I’d encourage you to experiment and check out the various screen options throughout WordPress. You may find that having certain options visible at all times helps you out more while you’re working on your blog.