I have a blog with a large number of authors. I would like to change the default layout of the wp-admin dashboard.
Now I know that it is possible for the users to change the layout themselves. But is there a way to do it for them?
I checked that changes in the dashboard result to changes in wp_usermeta table: wordpress adds a "metaboxhidden_dashboard" option where the hidden widgets are listed as an array. There is also a "closedpostboxes_dashboard" and a "wp_metaboxorder_dashboard" option (names are quite self explaining). Every user gets their own set of option when they do changes to the dashboard.
I dont want to override the changes a user has done, but how could I change the default view?