The first screen you see when you log into your blog is the Dashboard of your administrative area.

YOUR DEFAULT DASHBOARD

Your dashboard is made of your main navigation on the left hand side and Reader on the right.

MAIN NAVIGATION MENU

Your navigation menu is on the left side of your Dashboard.

Hovering your mouse over a menu item displays all the submenu options under that item.

For example, to write a new post hover your mouse over Posts and click on Add New.

You can return to the dashboard area of your blog from any page within your administration panel by clicking on the Dashboard menu item at the top of your navigation menu.

READER

By default, the Reader is displayed on the right hand side of your dashboard when you log into your account.

The reader is designed to make it easy to read and comments on posts from directly inside your dashboard.

Follow

The reader feed automatically pulls posts from all blogs you follow on and news feeds unless you are using My Class.

You can ‘follow’ a blog using the Follow button on the admin tool bar when visiting a blog.

My Class

The Reader feed is automatically replaced with the My Class feed if My Class is being used on the blog.

The My Class feed allows teachers and their students to quickly read and comment on all posts published on the class blog and student blogs from directly inside the reader. The Pending folder in the reader is where teachers can quickly checked pending comments and posts.

The number of pending posts or comments is indicated next to the Reader menu item.

Click on the Pending tab to view pending posts or comments.

Click on Read More if you want to read the full post or click on Publish if you are happy to publish the post.

ADMIN BAR

Your gray admin bar at the top of your blog provides shortcuts to areas inside your dashboard.

My Sites Menu

The My Sites menu is located on the left-hand side of your admin bar. The My Sites menu provides handy shortcuts to areas inside your dashboard such as the dashboard, new posts, comments and access to other sites attached to your username.

Comments Icon

The Comments icon provides a shortcut to Comments inside your dashboard where you approve and manage comments. The number of pending comments is indicated by the number to the right of the Comments icon.

+ New Menu

The + New Menu provides handy shortcuts to adding new post, media, link, page and user.

Username and avatar

Hovering your mouse over your username and avatar located the right hand side of the admin bar displays a submenu with links to your edit profile page and to a link to logout.

Search

The small magnifying icon that appears on the right of your Admin bar is the search tool which you use for searching content on the blog.