From Georgetown University Commons Knowledge Base
Your "Dashboard" is the back end of your blog, and not visible to the public. This is where you make changes and additions to your blog. The Dashboard gives you a quick snapshot of your blog activity: the number of posts you have, number of comments, updates about Wordpress, and access to every setting. If you're entering your blog through the Georgetown Commons home page, you will be directed immediately to your primary (or only) blog's Dashboard. If you're entering by typing in your blog's URL at the top of your browser window, however, you're immediately directed to your front page, the public side of your blog. Once there, you can enter your Dashboard through the "Site admin" or "Login" option on your sidebar or in your footer. If it's not there, refer to question "How do I add the 'site admin' link to my blog?"
Introduction to the Dashboard
The title of the blog is located at the top left hand corner of the page. The example site is called "Testing." Clicking on the title will take you to the public facing side of your blog.
This sidebar link will take you to a page with a list of all the blogs that you are a member of. The larger "My Sites" (in the top right corner) will take you to the same place, or, if you hover your mouse over it, display a list of your sites.
The Quick Draft module allows you to post straight from the dashboard rather than navigating to the post menu. You can enter a title, write you post and click the "Publish" button to publish your post to the public facing side of your blog. To open up a full text editing window, you will have to navigate to the post menu.
"At A Glance" module
The "At a Glance" module allows you to quickly access your blog's published and unpublished content saved in the back end.
The Activity module shows all of the most recent updates to your site, including new posts, pages, and comments.
Your username is located in the top right hand corner of the page. You can edit your profile settings by clicking on your username.
Create and manage all of your blog's content through this sidebar. Hover your mouse over each item to see its options.