The admin area is the heart of any WordPress-powered website. It’s where everything is controlled and where admin, editors, authors and contributors publish content to posts, pages and other custom post types. The default features of WordPress are fine for some website owners, although you may find that certain features need to be improved and others need to be added.
By Kevin Muldoon
Thankfully, the core features of WordPress can easily be extended with plugins. Plugins enable you to extend only the areas you need. For example, if you have a basic blog with five authors, you might only be interested in plugins that improve your editorial process and speed up the process of articles being written, reviewed and published. Likewise, if your website allows registration, you may want to add a plugin that lets you specify what users can and cannot do.
Today, we’ll show you a number of great plugins that will enhance your WordPress website in some way. These administration plugins are all free to download from the official WordPress plugin directory and will help protect your website, give you more control over users or automate the editorial process.
Post Scheduling And Management
1. Editorial Calendar
This is the perfect plugin for managing the scheduling of your posts. Editorial Calendar adds a calendar page to the post section of your admin area. Each day shows the posts that are scheduled for that day. Multiple posts are listed in chronological order.
Using the calendar, you can quickly edit titles and publishing times and change the status of posts from “Draft” to “Pending review” to “Published” or “Scheduled.” You can change the content of posts using the “Quick edit” option, too. To change a post’s date, all you have to do is drag and drop the article to another day, and the date stamp will be automatically updated. Useful for those of you who schedule a lot of articles in advance.
2. Peter’s Collaboration E-mails
A great plugin for managing the editorial flow of posts. When a contributor submits a post for review, the plugin emails the specified users to let them know there is a post to review. Once the post is approved, the contributor gets an email letting them know it has been accepted. If the post is changed back to “Draft,” the contributor is advised that it has not been accepted and is sent a link to edit the article.
3. Peter’s Post Notes
From the same developer as Peter’s Collaboration E-mails, Peter’s Post Notes is a simple plugin that helps authors collaborate with each other on posts. It adds a note area next to the “Publish” box on the editing pages for posts and pages.
4. Content Audit
Content Audit enables you and your staff to easily review old content and determine if it’s still relevant. The plugin works with posts, pages and media. You can automatically set content as outdated after a set period of time and notify post authors about it. Content can be marked as redundant, outdated or trivial. You can also mark content as needing a review of SEO or style.
5. Edit Flow
One of the most feature-rich editorial plugins available for WordPress. It comes packaged with a calendar for scheduling posts more easily, custom statuses to define the exact stage a post or page is at, threaded commenting between authors and editors, editorial meta data and notifications to let authors and editors know about the status of a post or page.
It also features user groups to help you manage your staff better, and a story budget that highlights upcoming content.
6. WP Document Revisions
A document-management system that enables teams to work together and collaboratively edit files, posts and pages. Team members can edit spreadsheets, Word documents, images and more. Details of how documents have been revised can be entered, and older revisions can be restored easily at any time. You can also make projects private or password-protect them for more security.
Adminimize is a great plugin that lets you hide unnecessary items from all areas of your website. This is useful for those of you who want to simplify things for clients and make sure they don’t have access to features that they don’t need.
You can change back-end options; global options; dashboard options; write options for posts, pages and custom page types; link options; and menu options. There is also an export function that lets you easily duplicate settings across your other websites.
Adminimize: Information and download
8. Codepress Admin Columns
Codepress Admin Columns lets you customize your admin screen for all post types and users. Simply define the columns that you want shown in each area, and disable the ones that are irrelevant to you. You can add custom fields, and the plugin works well with some other popular admin plugins, too.
8. Admin Management Xtended
Adds AJAX-powered editing options to the editing pages of your posts and pages. The buttons let you switch a post from “Published” to “Draft” and vice versa. You can also change the date, edit the post’s slug and switch comments off more quickly than usual.
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