From UBC Wiki

The Dashboard is the "nerve" centre of your CMS Website (Figure 1 on the right)

Figure 1: WordPress Dashboard

Some important areas are:

  1. The My Sites selection lists the different websites you have access to
  2. Visit your website's frontpage by clicking on your title
  3. The Sidebar Menus give you quick access to everything from your posts and pages to the media library and theme options
  4. The Right Now section gives a quick snapshot of how many pages, posts, categories, tags etc. exist on your site
  5. The Screen Options button allow you to choose what is displayed on screen and how many columns the screen is divided in
    • NOTE: If you can't find a feature on the screen, it's likely disabled in the Screen Options