Now that you have WordPress installed it is best if you change some of the default settings that the installation has used to more appropriate settings for your installation.
Please note that some of these settings are personal preferences and may not be totally appropriate for your installation. They should, however, be a good starting point and show some things that should be considered for any WordPress website.
Figure 1 is a screenshot of the WordPress Dashboard Home Page as it probably looks when you sign into your website for the first time. There is a Menu of items in the left column that provides access to all of the things in your WordPress installation that you have the ability to change or that have settings that may be accessed. This left column menu will change as plugins and/or themes are installed and add items/settings to the list.
It will also change based upon the WordPress Role that the individual has on this website. A website user with the Editor role will see only those items that the role is permitted to change. Figure 2 shows what the left column menu would look like if the user held the Editor role. If you are going to have people other than yourself publishing content on your website is is best to give them only the access level that they need to accomplish their tasks. Only someone with the role of Administrator can change the role of a user.
There is also a menu tab (Figure 1) in the top right of your screen that says “Screen Options.” When clicked the menu of options drops down from the top of the page. There are small check boxes (Figure 3) that allow you to display or hide the various items (widgets) on the page. Plugins or themes can add items to this list if they provide widgets for your dashboard home page. Most screens in the WordPress dashboard have this Screen Options menu that gives options for that particular screen – such as the Post/Page edit screen or the All Posts or All Pages screens.
When you have your selections complete, click on the Screen Options tab again to retract the menu.
Each of the dashboard widgets has a title that appears in the top bar of the widget. If you place your cursor in that bar in the area to the right of the widget title the cursor will change to a 4-pronged arrow. Click and hold, then drag the widget to wherever you want on the dashboard. In order for the widget to remain where you want to place it a dashed box must appear into which you can drop the widget.
The small triangle in the top right of the widget allows you to collapse the widget onto itself so that only the widget title is displayed.