For an open-source blogging CMS, WordPress’s admin interface is pretty dang good. With the release of version 2.5, the revamped administrator area has been re-organized and cleaned up to make it easier for users to write and edit posts, change settings, manage site content, and more. However, some sites require a bit more functionality than others. In this case, WordPress plugins come to the rescue. Here are ten plugins that expand the functionality of the admin area.
Lighter Menus replaces the tabbed nav with hover menus, making it much easier to access second-level navigation with one click. It also comes with additional options such as hiding the “Howdy” and Help and Forum links, displaying icons next to subpages, and more.
This plugin comes with one simple goal: to put the category selector back in the sidebar where it used to be. No more scrolling past other post options to categorize your posts. Instead, you can now choose your categories right under the Save and Publish buttons.
Our Login Logo plugin is a two-step process for switching out the default WordPress logo on the login screen with your own.
For some reason, a default installation of version 2.5 doesn’t include the ID column when managing posts, pages, links, or categories. This column is usually helpful when excluding certain categories or posts from a list on your site. The Reveal IDs plugin puts this column back in its place.
WPAU gives one-click upgrading to the WordPress admin. It automates the five-step process recommended by WordPress.org and even backs up your database before you begin.
Allows you to configure the Dashboard with PHP, HTML, and Sidebar Widgets and get rid of annoying parts such as Planet WordPress and Dev news.
With the iPhone’s MobileSafari taking more and more market share each day, it’s becoming a popular way to write and edit posts on your WordPress-powered site. WPhone introduces an iPhone-esque theme for the admin and scales down the entire system, making it much easier for you to perform simple tasks on your site via iPhone and other mobile phones.
The default admin’s CSS sets a maximum width on the page. Guess what this plugin does?
This plugin lets admins add a set of reminders to the new post page. This is especially helpful for client sites to help remind them of things that need done (categorizing, tagging, custom fields, etc.) before a new post is made.
The Easy Admin Color Schemes plugin is quite useful for branding your admin with your site’s colors. Ad the hex values for four colors and save the scheme for later use.