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Through google, everyone gets to my dashboard.

  1. I tried another computer. Same thing. If you search prewiredunplugged.com, it goes to the blog, but it also shows the controls to enter dashboard. Perhaps this is a "privacy" issue? I didn't do a thorough reading about privacy, but concluded that I needed to not be private in order for the blog to be accessible. Now I have no privacy. Would like full access that is limited to the blog itself, and not my dashboard, and would like to regain "privacy." Can anyone help?

    The blog I need help with is prewiredunplugged.com.

  2. You misunderstand what's happening. What you see are "Admin" links and that "edit" link can only be seen by you and Admin when you are logged into WordPress.com. WordPress.com uses cookies to keep track of us and no one else will be able to view those details. Log out of WordPress.com and clear your browser cache and cookies. Then without logging in again visit your site and you will not be able to see or use the "edit" link.

  3. Its not a security issue, they won't be able to access your dashboard - if they are logged in they will get their own dashboard and if they are not they will be prompted to login.

    I always remove the "meta" widget (using dashboard->Appearance->Widgets) because I think it looks silly to have a login showing on your blog for everyone.

  4. @timethief,
    I think prewiredunplugged means that "site admin" link under the meta widget at the bottom.

  5. @prewiredunplugged
    The Meta Widget is a simple tool that makes it easy to log in and out of your blog and access your dashboard and RSS feeds from your sidebar. Anyone clicking that link will be presented with a log-in and as they do not know your log-in information they cannot log into your blog and access your dashboard.

  6. @tandava108
    Hi there,
    I agree and we have covered both situations in which we get members asking this question. :)

  7. Holy smokes, you guys are awesome. Give me three days to execute your suggestions. I owe you guys bigtime!

  8. You're welcome from me. :) It takes only a couple of minutes to go here > Appearance > Widgets and remove the Meta Widget.

  9. @timethief

    It takes only a couple of minutes to go here > Appearance > Widgets and remove the Meta Widget.

    Not if s/he is using the "default widgets", i.e. has no widgets added to the widget area. In this case all the desired widgets need to be added. For someone who hasn't done that before you might be talking about an hour's work.

  10. You were right, my problem was my ignorance. But hey, with your help, here I am all set up, and a week ago I couldn't even spell blogg! Seriously, I do owe you guys. I don't know anything about this computer stuff. In fact, electronics stop working in my presence. Cash registers lock up when I get close, even the tv's shut off when I walk down the electronics aisle at Best Buy.
    I know not to get in a tussle with a widget...
    But I can answer questions about carpentry and woodworking.
    I thought I saw a button to say the issue was resolved, but now can't find it. But, except for my continued ignorance, this issue is resolved. Thanks!
    PS would have been back sooner, but my computer kept crashing.

  11. Every time we change themes the existing widgets we are using migrate into the Inactive Widgets box. The new theme will have a sidebar display that does not contain actual widgets. All we do is go here > Appearance > Widgets and drag install the widgets we want from the Inactive Widgets box.

  12. Not if s/he is using the "default widgets", i.e. has no widgets added to the widget area. In this case all the desired widgets need to be added.

    What I posted above also applies to you if you have not previously set up widgets in the blog ie. have not altered the default display.

  13. Here is some help on Widgets - they are really not that bad

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/

  14. I've written down all your advice. Right now, the defaults are fine. At least what the wordpress software has done is terrific with me. I couldn't improve it even if I knew how. Once this first blogg has taken flight, I plan on learning the nuts and bolts, and I'll feel big enough to take on a widget.
    I have to say, I'm overwhelmed with your very kind and generous support. I've struggled for days with my issue, and in seconds you guys cleared my path. And so graciously. When I get some time, I plan to visit your sites. You all are very special.

  15. @prewiredunplugged
    You're welcome from me and best wishes for happy blogging. :)

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