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    5 WordPress Dashboard Plugins to Enhance Admin Area

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    WordPress admin area is something where a pro-blogger like you and me spend most of the time. There are many WordPress dashboard plugins in the WordPress plugins repo, which can help you to enhance your WordPress dashboard and also make it more useful. Though from WordPress 3.1 we have an admin bar and some people likes and many hates it too. Personally, I found it very useful as it helped me to lower down the number of clicks I used to make earlier to do administration work. Anyways, here I’m going to share useful WordPress dashboard plugins which will help you to enhance your WP dashboard.

    Useful WordPress Dashboard plugins:

    1. Fluency Admin

    fluency 5 WordPress Dashboard Plugins to Enhance Admin Area

    First in the list is Fluency Admin, which offers new style and boost the interface of wp-admin area. Here are some features of Fluency Admin plugin:

    • Display your own custom logo at the top of the WP Menu once logged in.
    • Added ‘Coffee’ color scheme (set in your profile)


    Read More: Fluency admin: Customize WordPress dashboard.

    2. Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu

    ozh 5 WordPress Dashboard Plugins to Enhance Admin Area

    The lazy and the productive will love it : all admin links available in a neat horizontal CSS driven drop down menu. No need to click on “Manage” then “Pages” to edit pages. And plenty more space on your screen. Somehow, after WordPress 3.1, people started using native menu bar which works site-wide.


    3. Admininize:

    Adminimize wordpress plugin 5 WordPress Dashboard Plugins to Enhance Admin Area

    Adminimize WordPress dashboard plugin will let you hide un-necessary items from WordPress administration menu, submenu and even the ‘Dashboard’, with forwarding to the Manage-page. On top of that, you can also hide post meta controls on the Write page and other areas in the admin-area and Write-page, so as to simplify the editing interface.  Though, you might find this plugin setting little complicated but if you are enjoy getting dirty with WordPress, you can try this plugin.


    4. WordPress Admin Bar

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    Gives you an admin bar similar to WordPress.com.It replicates all of the menu links in your normal admin area at the top of your main site for logged in users (i.e. you). You can go right to the “Write Post” or manage options pages in one click from anywhere on your blog. No more having to go to your dashboard first. You can even have it replace your admin area menus if you want.


    5. Admin Menu Editor

    menu editor 5 WordPress Dashboard Plugins to Enhance Admin Area

    Admin Menu Editor lets you manually edit the Dashboard menu. You can reorder the menus, show/hide specific items, change access rights, and more. This is useful for those blogs who have multiple roles and contributors.


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    Do let us know if you use any of these WordPress dashboard plugins? If you know of any other great plugins for WordPress admin area please share them in the comment area.

    This is a guest post by Devesh who blogs at WPKube. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, do read our guest posting guidelines.


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    Prabal @ PriceArena

    Nice Looks. I will probably go for second one Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu.



    Hi Prabal,

    Glad you like it and yes ozh’s admin drop down is one of the best plugin.

    Thanks for commenting.



    Really Great list of plugins. Thanks for the share mate.



    Hey Devesh,

    Thanks for the list you resource.

    I personally would not install them because they will just slow down my dashboard, and they are not necessary and “very” important plugins to install.

    But i am sure these lists are very useful for others.


    Robert @ Techinfo-4u.com

    Some nice plugins there, but to be honest I think the wordpress dashboard is perfect, nothing else needed for me



    Hey Devesh,
    Many Many Thanks a Lot for your article.
    I am using Admin Menu Editor dashboard but I didn’t know about others
    So thanks for get to know me.
    I will use others toooooo.



    Awesome post devesh!!!! i will give the first one a trial! :D Thanks for sharing. Have fun.


    Fareed Khan

    wow, you listed awesome plugins,thank you for sharing


    Rahul @ MazaKaro

    Great collection of plugins , i know this is very helpfulll !!!!! thank You very much i will be trying all of them !!!!




    Thanks for sharing these. I am bored with the same look. WIll try to spice up my Dashboard :)


    Karan Labra

    Well the Fluency Admin plugin is just amazing, I am currently using it and it makes me love my dashboard.
    Thanks for presenting such a great list of plugins.


    Namit Gupta

    These plugins come handy when designing a WordPress based website for a client. Using these plugins one can easily customize the dashboard according to the needs. Thanks for the useful list.


    Fabrizio Van Marciano

    Great list of plugins, already using some of them nice to see that others are too, thanks for sharing.


    Anish K.S

    Its better to minimize pluggins. me just using 4-5 pluggins.


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