We may not all use the same plugins and themes, but everyone of us who uses WordPress sees the same dashboard. For some, seeing the same old dashboard every day can get stale and demotivating. The WordPress admin isn’t a very inspiring place to work. Today we’re going to review some plugins that can provide you with a brand new way to experience your admin area. Despite the fact that it’s called a theme, most admin themes come to you in the form of a plugin. With a simpler, cleaner view, you just may find yourself more inspired and productive.
If you are among the millions of beer drinkers who get excited at the thought of suds, this blog is for you. There are many ways that you can tie your love of carbonated swill into your WordPress site. We are going to be looking at a few plugins that can help you search for beers in your area, review your favorite beers, locate other aficionados and their favorite dives, recommend your own, or explore beer recipes. Why would you want to incorporate beer into your WordPress blog? Because beer is awesome, that’s why! So pour yourself a pint, have a comfortable seat, and check out these brew-oriented plugins.
The default order of the WordPress admin menu may be essentially fine, but it’s not custom built for your preferences. Maybe you have a site that rarely uses Posts, and so instead of having the Post button at the top of your menu, you’d rather have Pages at the top.
Or maybe there are menu items that you basically never use, and so they just clutter things up and get in the way. Why not hide them?
Or maybe you’d like to create new menu items to suit your particular situation and link it wherever you like.
Being able to surf around the world via the internet is an amazing thing. You can you find a job in a foreign land, rent an apartment in a country you’ve never been to, or book a restaurant reservation from 10,000 miles away … to name but a few things.
A WordPress site that’s overrun with spam users is something like a den of cockroaches, especially if you’re running BuddyPress. Spam updates flood your activity stream and the dashboard slows to a crawl. The spammers’ prime objective is to seize control of your WordPress site and drain your server of resources in order to illegally promote products. As soon as you notice this happening you’ll need to find a way to quickly delete all of these spam users.
In order for a WordPress site to be successful, it must have a mobile presence. Many people search for sites through their mobile phones, and they are quickly becoming a resource for those who are on the go.
In order to reach this audience, a WordPress site must be optimized for mobile devices. Unfortunately, this can be a daunting task, but there are several plugins that are designed to make this task much easier for web developers, both individuals and small agencies.
1. iThemes Mobile
It’s not very often that I come across a WordPress admin theme that doesn’t make me want to poke my eyes out, but this one caught my attention.
Our very own @aristath has created a plugin that brings Twitter Bootstrap styles into your WordPress dashboard. Bootstrap Admin is a clean, minimalist administration theme that totally changes the look of your dashboard with new icons, colors and Bootstrap as the backbone.
After you install and activate Bootstrap Admin, your WordPress dashboard will be transformed to look something like this:
So far Bootstrap Admin includes:
General styling of the WordPress admin area
WordPress does a lot of cool things. But if you’re like me, you often find yourself saying, “I wish it could do that cool thing over here instead of over there.”
That seems to happen a lot with widgets. There are all sorts of wicked widgets out there, but with a lot of them, they’re limited to the sidebar area.
Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could pull those nice widgets off the sidebar and stick them right in the middle of a post or page?
Not updating vulnerable plugins is one of the biggest mistakes anyone running WordPress can make. And it seems some of the world’s most visited sites are making that exact mistake. … Are you?
A number of weeks ago, perhaps the two most popular caching plugins, WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache, both updated their code to patch a security vulnerability. HackerTarget.com reports that a quick check of the top 100,000 sites reveals that less than 50% of those sites that run W3 Total Cache have updated their plugins to the latest secure version.
How important are the category pages on your site? Are they just an afterthought? Are they drab and lackluster? Admit it — could they be a lot more valuable (to both you and your visitors)? Couldn’t they be a lot cooler too, like this guy below?
If you’re like most people, then your category pages are probably in the exact same condition they were in on the day you started your site. More than likely they’re just a list of links to your posts with either an excerpt or the full post showing.