The admin area is where we do the most of our work as we revise and push out new content. It definitely won’t hurt to customize it and make it more user-friendly with a couple tweaks and plugins. Here’s a quick roundup of a couple plugins that you can use to make your admin area even better.
Adminimize is the tool to use if you want to simplify the backend of WordPress. You can remove any menu item you find unnecessary and even restrict permissions on a per-role basis. The reach of this plugin even goes to the editing pages where you can hide items you don’t need like post meta controls. The features of this plugin are too much to list in a roundup. I definitely encourage you to check the plugin out if you think your admin area needs some reorganizing.
Peter’s Post Notes
Whenever I sit down to write a post I like to jot down a couple ideas or main points that I want to utilize and write about. With this plugin you can have your notes right next to your post as you chip away at it. It’s a simple idea but it really helps you keep focus on the main points of your posts while collecting ideas and drafting.
Admin Management Xtended
If you’re an editor on blog that runs WordPress, this plugin was made for you. You can effortlessly edit post and page details like the title, the publish date, the category, and even the tags right from the post and page management view. You can even approve posts to be published without having to load the actual posts. The interface seamlessly integrates into the post and page management view, as you can see here:
This plugin will be very useful for you if you like having quick shortcuts to everything in the Admin back-end. WP Butler adds a little button in the admin bar called “Butler.” When clicked, it pops up a box asking you what you want to do. You can give WP Butler a command like Add New Post or Add New Media. You can even search through your posts by typing “search” and a keyword related to the post you’re looking for.
phpMyAdmin is a fantastic tool used to manage databases, something everyone who has installed WordPress has come across. Through phpMyAdmin you can utilize queries and complete actions that are very helpful to a website owner. Some people don’t like the fact that they have to go a entirely different web page to manage their database. This plugin, however, makes it very convenient to manage your database by letting WordPress admins access phpMyAdmin right from the back-end.