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Tip #6 : Enhancing WordPress administration

Posted by Karthik Kastury on September 26, 2007

This tip has been written by Karthik Kastury from dailyApps.net. dailyApps showcases the best of the Apps for different platforms and is a must read for all you software junkies out there. You can also find a host of tips to improve your productivity with review of various services and apps.

If you are a long time WordPress user like me, you surely know the obvious limitations that the WordPress backend has. There are far too many distractions in the Compose Section where you write the posts. Presence of Controls that you never use could become a nightmare to manage so it would be best if you would just remove them and use a stripped down version of the Compose Screen to manage your workflow better.

  • Get Rid of the Clutter

As I mentioned before there are far too many items in the compose screen that I normally don’t use. There is stuff like Password Protection, Excerpt, Custom Fields, Discussion Options, Bookmarklets, Author controls etc. which I am sure majority of WordPress Users don’t really use. So if you are one of them go ahead and add Clutter Free to your ever growing list of WordPress plugins.

Once you have activated Clutter Free go the Users Sections and select all the options that you need. Save the settings and “Boom!” as Steve Jobs would say, your Compose screen now loads a tad faster.

  • Disable the Rich Text Editor

When it comes to the Rich Text Editor things are definitely easy for the average to publish a new post. But in case you are a power user like me then you would want to Disable the Rich Text Editor Screen that has a few annoyances, such as being slow and standing in the way of embedding code provided by Youtube and other services.

I would put my money on the Simple Text Editor that is extremely powerful in terms of what it can do. To disable the Rich Text Editor follow these steps. Go to the Users Section in your admin. Scroll to the bottom and uncheck the option that Says “Use the visual rich editor when writing”. The only Downside is that you will have to learn some basic HTML before you can use the Rich Text Editor.

  • Make QuickTags Smarter

If you are long time WordPress user you will know how useful Quicktags really are (Quicktags are those buttons with tags at the top of the editor). Just about anything is possible with Quicktags. The default WordPress install comes with a few quick tags like <strong>, <li>, <ul> etc. But you might want to add a few more tags to this list so that you don’t have to type them over and over again while you are writing your post. I have some more tags in my Write screen like <span> which I regularly use.

If all the talk above sounded a little too geekish for you. Here is the simplified version of what you have to do. Just download the WP-AddQuickTag plugin and install it. Select Add Quicktags under the Options menu and add all the tags that you wish to include. Note that you need to have Rich Text Editor disabled to make Quicktags work for you.

  • Install Greasemonkey

If you are a Firefox User you definately should install Greasemonkey. There are many scripts that can improve your workflow. One of the scripts that I am using is Akismet Auntie Spam which changes the skin of the Akismet spambox page for WordPress admins and allows to download all spam at once, compress spam to make it more scanable and completely compresses obvious spam. Turns checking spam into a 10 minute per week activity.

  • Install WP-Admin Tiger 3.0

The default layout of the WordPress Admin can be confusing at times. It shows all signs of being extremely cluttered. You have to click through a maze of buttons to do something, and the most important thing surely is that it is not really good to look at. In case you are one of those who have got bored of the default layout for WordPress Admin then its time for you to download WP-Admin Tiger 3 that completely changes the look and feel of the WordPress admin.

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33 Responses to “Tip #6 : Enhancing WordPress administration”

  1. cool tutorial thanx for sharing

  2. Wayne Liew said

    I am not confused with the maze of the default admin panel but when I feel like fainting while blogging, I may consider your ways stated above… :lol:

  3. Alex said

    Thank you for the great advice! I just got through install Clutter Free on all my blogs, what a difference!

  4. Thank you for all your tips.
    If you want to make quicktags smarter maybe etiquetags can be interesting for you

    If you want to have a look :
    http://sisifodichoso.org/etiquetags/En/demo.html

    thank you again :-)

  5. Jeffro2pt0 said

    In all honesty, I think the visual rich text editor saves me time and allows me to use keyboard shortcuts such as Control B to BOLD highlighted text. But that’s just my fancy. I don’t use the majority of things that are displayed for me while making a post so I may give this plugin a try. Is it WP 2.3 compatible?

  6. @Jeff : The Shorcut keys are available in the normal editor too and not only in the visual rich text editor.

  7. Carson Sasser said

    Tip for those using WordPress on Windows: Check out Windows Live Writer. With it you can avoid the problems discussed above. It is head and shoulders above the built-in editor.

  8. Arttu said

    Thank you for the tips. I didn’t even think the possibility of removing the redundant things in the Write Post screen.

  9. you lost me when you told me to disable the rich text editor. that’s not enhancing in any sense of the word.

    also, tiger administration is becoming increasingly borked with every update to wordpress. (after 2.2, it needed #minisub { display:none; }, after 2.3 it needs #footer { margin: 0; }

  10. tabrez said

    Akismet Auntie Spam doesn’t work well if the accumulated spam comments are, say, over the figure of 1000. By the time the user script processes the 1000 of 1000 spams, if the blog recieves a few more comments, Akismet Auntie Spam script just hangs at that point.

    Add Quick Tag is a very useful plugin, can’t live without it :)

  11. Clutter-free works a treat. The version of AddQuickTag you linked, however, isn’t working for me at all. A wider search gives a more recent version that works with WP2.3:

    http://bueltge.de/wp-addquicktags-de-plugin/120/

  12. Gene said

    I have been able to embed youtube videos. The challenge comes if I have to amend the post. Then it gives some wild results. It takes me a few times to get it to show correctly.

  13. kite said

    Ditto exactly what Sunburntkamel said. The rich text editor is still useful, and tiger admin is an ever-loving mess. I shouldn’t have to dink around for a half an hour trying to find out why a footer is floating in the middle of my screen and random sections are in type so small they’re illegible. Borked is putting it lightly.

  14. thanks for sharing!

  15. tiddwaylll said

    Ya, cool tutorial, I am clueless on wordpress. Thanks! :D Will favorite this site.

  16. Wendell said

    After using Tiger Administration for a while, I found an admin theming plugin that works even better for me: the oddly-named Spotmilk. I especially recommend the “black” version for less eyestrain.

  17. Mark Penix said

    not a bad set of tips, i’ve used tiger admin before and it’s fantastic… and PRETTY :)

  18. kastor417 said

    I am trying to build up mine and have to try some tips, thanks

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  20. Thanks for the Clutter Free, it really helps! :D

  21. Great stuff! I have installed Clutter Free and Admin Tiger! Thanks!

  22. burnz said

    Good tips. Keep it coming…

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  25. JJClements said

    Excellent guide. Thanks :)

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  29. Aizat said

    I might try the WP Admin Tiger 3.0. Sounds interesting to make a change on the panel.

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  31. detlev said

    the Greasemonkey tipp is great.

    I like scripts and addons. Maybe the the killer argument for me to use wp on my new personal site.

  32. clarissa said

    very helpfull.

    Keep up your good work!

  33. Great tips and still relevant though the post is a bit old. Ready for an update. Thanks

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