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.
Useful WordPress Dashboard plugins:
1) Analytify : Add Google Analytics in WordPress dashboard
This is one awesome plugin for those who understand the important of blog stats and using Google analytics. With this plugin you get the complete power of Google analytics inside your WordPress dashboard. What I like the most about this plugin is, it lets you see stats of individual post from post editor section. This is one must have plugin to make your WordPress dashboard more meaningful for yourself.
Download plugin (Starts with $29)
2) SocialMetrics Pro
This is another premium plugin which made into the list due to it’s usability and importance. Monitoring which one of your blog post is getting most love on social-media site is one important aspect, as you can reshare those post to drive more traffic. SocialMetrics Pro plugin let you monitor which blog post of yours is getting shared on social-media and how many votes you are getting on different social-network. It gives you so many important details that you need to grow your blog faster. This is a premium plugin which cost only $27 and is complete value for money.
3. WordPress Admin Theme – WPShapere ($15)
This one is for developers who create WordPress sites for their clients. It let you customize the entire look of default WordPress admin theme as you wish. It allows you to hand over WordPress to your customers in a custom way as you think.
This is handy in many ways:
- You don’t want your client to know you are using WordPress
- You want to retain your company branding on your client site dashbaord.
- You want to do it because you are cool!
Client dash could be a good free alternative.
4. Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu
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.
5. Adminimize: [Free]
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.
6. Admin Menu Editor
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.
Another plugin which you might find interesting is Total WordPress hacks. This WordPress plugin will let you complete revamp WordPress dashboard and let you add custom logo and do many things which make your client feel it’s your custom setup. Something every web-development company would love to try.
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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.