Quick Tour: The Dashboard

The Dashboard is the first screen you will see when you login to your shop.  It gives a quick overview of all the activity that has been taking place in your Merchant Shop.

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Figure 6: WordPress Dashboard Screen

The “Right Now” window lets you know what’s happening in your Merchant Shop at the moment.  It lets you know how many posts, pages, categories and tags you have, as well as any comments that have been left on your site.  You have the option to approve all comments, and as such, you will be able to see how many have been approved, how many are pending your approval and how many are deemed to be spam (comments left on your site to solicit business elsewhere).  As you scroll down the dashboard, you’ll notice a “Recent Comments” window, showing you the latest comments posted to your shop, an “Incoming Links” and “NuggetWeb.com News” (both are self-explanatory within their windows), as well as several merchant tools near the bottom of the page.

It should be noted that these tools are movable!  So if you decide you would like to have your “Monthly Sales Chart”, the “At a Glance” and “My Merchant Shop” right now at the top of the page, you can do so simply by clicking and dragging the tools where you would like them to appear on your screen.

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Figure 7: Some of the Merchant Shop Tools

In the first window pictured above, you’ll notice a quick overview of your shop.  The “My Merchant Shop Right Now” window will tell you how many products you have for sale, how many different categories of products you have (i.e.: electronics vs. food products, for example), how many product tags and product attributes.  It will also tell you how many pending orders you have, how many order are on hold, how many are awaiting payment processing, and how many have been completed.  The “My Merchant Shop Recent Orders” will list all orders in a given time frame, and “My Merchant Shop Recent Reviews” will give a quick overview of any reviews your customers have given to your shop.

“Tags” are keywords that relate to items, posts, or pages and help people find your products, pages, or posts when they use the site search function. They are optional, but useful to your clients.

Attributes are used for products that have variations. Attributes are things like size and color. If you use attributes, then you will likely have “variations”. Variations go hand in hand with attributes. Where an attribute may be “size”, the corresponding variation may be “small”, “medium”, “large”, etc.

In addition to these quick overviews of your sales activity, you will also want to monitor the “Monthly Sales” window, which will chart your sales progress for the month.

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Figure 8: Monthly Sales Chart

 

You’ll notice two menu’s in this window.  Across the top, is the WordPress menu, with the WordPress Logo in the top left hand corner of the screen.  The first thing you’ll notice is that you will get additional menu options by hovering (simply placing your mouse over the menu item) over the listed options instead of clicking.  Let’s go through the top menu of the screen.  Keep in mind, these are brief descriptions of the menu items listed.  If you are unsure how to use any of these options, it’s best to ask NuggetWeb.com support before changing anything.  You’re sure to find the answer to any questions you have further into this document, but if you don’t, you can contact NuggetWeb.com support by submitting a support ticket.

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