WordPress is a powerful platform which has a great support from plugins. With tons of plugins, you can easily customize your WordPress. You can manage frontend content, improve image performance, detect malicious code, or improve user management, etc.
Although WordPress is structured to fit as many scenarios as possible, you still want to change something like removing menu from the dashboard for particular users or less technically savvy users. This will make users feel better and more easily manage widgets. To do this, the following plugins can give you all that and more to have better backend administration.
If you allow your clients to access to the backend, the Adminimize plugin should be considered to install. It enables you to control more on the WordPress backend, you can hide or display for users. This plugin offers some sections which you can manage the administration menu, posts and page editing screen, the Help menu, the menu in the admin bar and so on.
2. Client Dash
Client Dash is an easy to use plugin which can simplify the WordPress dashboard. Once activated, it can replace the default dashboard widget with menus, including the menu, account, summary of website content such as posts and pages.
WordPress actually has two types of widget, in which the website widget is displayed in the front-end, and another is the widget inside the dashboard. If you want to add the website widget, visit Appearance > Widgets and drag and drop the widgets. With this plugin, you can easily add new widget in the Dashboard through the Widgets menu.
The Remove Dashboard plugin is the powerful one which doesn’t allow your clients to access to your dashboard. You can control and block the dashboard access for non-administrative users.
For some plugin, once installed, this will automatically add a new menu in the WordPress administration. But this menu sometimes is longer than the width of WordPress admin menu, so the name is split into 2 lines. With Wider Admin Menu, the width of your menu will be widen in the backend.
From WordPress 3.8, it has come with a completely revamped look for the dashboard menu. The new one is designed through SCSS. If you know well about SCSS you can create a new one by yourself. But if you are not up to write SCSS code, the Admin Color Schemer plugin is the right option for you. The only thing you have to do is to install this plugin and customize the dashboard theme with a few clicks.
Another choice which can simplify the WordPress admin bar is the Admin Bar Button plugin. It can manage the admin bar at the top when you are logged in. Without spanning sully across the window, the plugin will transfer the bar into a button and will be revealed upon click and hover. It delivers many options through the Settings > Admin Bar Button menu to set the button behaviors and the position as well.
8. WP Help
This plugin will help you instruct your clients or someone who are not familiar with WordPress and how to get in the backend. The WP Help plugin allows you to create a new section below the Dashboard menu that you can add hierarchical sections of tutorials. For example: creating posts, pages or editing posts.
As the name suggests, the Dashboard Notes plugin will let you add notes to the dashboard. All notes which are added will appear at the top of the dashboard widget. Also, you can change the color of the note, or add better logo to grab one’s attention. This is quite useful when you want to notify your users with backend access of something important
WP-Hotkeys is a great plugin in adding keyboard shortcuts to your WordPress administration. Thus you can navigate through the backend area, such as the post editing screen, by using keyboard. If you master keyboard or enjoy using keyboard rather than others, this plugin may be nice for you.
Here are 10 top WordPress plugins which can help you manage better backend administration. Is there something missed? Which one you choose for your WordPress admin? Please share it in the comment below. Thank you for reading!