One of the best features that WordPress provides is the support for plugins. Plugins can make our lives much easier by providing additional functionality and features. These little utilities (or “minions”; if we were to add a little humor) can help us do such a daunting tasks pretty easily without much hassle.
Apart from customizing the website and adding features in general, plugins can also help with the backend administration of your WordPress website as well. There may be several reasons for this like.
- You may want to control who can access different sections in your admin area.
- Remove features from the dashboard for particular users.
- Simplify the admin area for the less tech savvy users like your clients or even manage widgets and other plugins.
So, here are a few such plugins that can improve WordPress admin area for better backend administration.
Adminimize is a must have plugin if you have other users accessing the admin area, like your clients, authors, subscribers, etc.
This plugin gives you more control over deciding which user has access to which area of the backend.
To put it short, deciding who can access what in the backend.
Some aspects of the WordPress backend controls that you assign with this plugin include the admin bar (the administration menu), the post and page edit screen, the help menus, ability to upload images, create categories or tags, and much more. Even parts of menus and sub-menus can be activated or deactivated upon choice. This plugin really helps to assign specific roles to specific users of the site.
This plugin really helps to assign specific roles to specific users of the site.
2. Admin Color Schemer
The recent updates of WordPress have introduced a brand new looking dashboard.
Since it’s created and designed through SCSS and if you know your way around it, you can create a new dashboard with a look to fit your liking. However, if you are not code savvy and yet want to customize the dashboard to fit your needs or branding then go ahead and try out the Admin Colour Schemer plugin.
With just a few clicks, you can customize the Dashboard theme to fit your liking.
3. Dashboard Notes
As the name suggests, the Dashboard Notes plugin helps you add notes to your WordPress dashboard.
The notes appear at the top of the Dashboard widget. This is a really good tool if there are many users (like authors, editors, subscriber, etc.) who are accessing the same Dashboard.
You can leave notes regarding anything important so that every backend user can see it. You can also add a color or a logo to the note in order to grab some attention. Moreover, you will also be able to control the visibility of those notes, thereby allowing you to choose which user roles can or cannot see the notices.
The WP-Hotkeys plugin allows you to add keyboard shortcuts to the WordPress administrative area. Thus enabling you to navigate through the backend area with just the use of a keyboard.
You can even control the post editing screen with the keyboard shortcuts. It’s kinda like the feeling when you navigate through Windows, Mac, or Linux with just the keyboard shortcuts. For those who are masters of the keyboard and love the keyboard shortcuts, this plugin is the perfect treat.
So, if you are looking to make the backend of your site a bit navigation friendly then this plugin makes a great addition to your site.
5. WP Help
Do you have backend users or clients who aren’t that tech-savvy, who aren’t that familiar with the whole WordPress Admin area or the custom features added by you?
Now, we have a solution to help those.
WP Help is a plugin that adds a new section below the Dashboard area menu where you can create hierarchical sections of tutorials that can have instructions for tasks such as creating posts and pages, editing posts and other related scenarios that need explaining.
With this plugin installed, you will never have to type another “here’s how to use my site” email ever again.
That’s all for now, and hopefully that helps. Do leave any thoughts, suggestions, comments, and your favorite WordPress backend administration plugins in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, here’s how are some of the best WordPress security tips that every WordPress user should follow.