The first page that you see will be your Dashboard. It should look very similar to this:
When you first log in, your Dashboard is where you can get a quick update on what is going on within your site.
The Navigation Menu will always appear in the left column, even as you navigate away from the Dashboard screen. Therefore, it is important to become familiar with the different options it offers you and how to use them correctly.
The top box will appear similar to the image below and contain the following options: Dashboard, myPlymouth, bStat Reports, and My Blogs.
**Note: If you do not see these options, select the downward facing arrow next to the Dashboard button and they will be revealed.**
What the options do for you:
- Dashboard – By selecting Dashboard, you will be brought back to your Dashboard screen no matter where else you may be within the site.
- My Sites – Selecting this option will take you to a list of all of the blogs that you have access to.
- myPlymouth – Selecting this button will bring you to www.my.plymouth.edu/
- Akismet Stats – This is where you will be able to view spam activity.
- bStat Reports – This is where you will be able to view site activity.
In the Right Now section, you can see a summary of your blog’s content and you can access that content directly from the choices offered.
The QuickPress section of your Dashboard will become very handy later on as you begin to create posts, but be aware that this is a very fast and easy way to create a post.
**Note: When posts are created from QuickPress, there are a few things that you are unable to do, like add to a category or set a future publication date. To do those things, you must use the Add New Post screen.**
If you decide to create a QuickPress posting but are not ready to publish it yet, select Save Draft in the QuickPress box. Your draft will appear in the box below called Recent Drafts. From there, you can select the draft which will direct you to the Edit Post screen and you can make revisions or choose to publish.
The Recent Comments section allows you to see up to five of the latest comments made on your blog. By hovering over the comment, you can select any of the following:
- Approve/Unapprove – To allow others to view the particular comment, select Approve. Once a comment has been approved, you can undo it by selecting Unapprove.
- Edit – You can edit the comment.
- Reply – Reply to the comment.
- Spam – By marking the comment as Spam, you will be telling the site not to allow further comments from the author of the comment.
- Delete – Delete the comment.