Right Now Dashboard Widget – Editor, Modifier & Enhancer!

I am playing with the Ultimate Branding and Easy Blogging plugins.

When you strip the dashboard down to the basics and leave the Right Now Dashboard Widget it still has branding and information the user does not need to know.

I found others commenting on this here at wpmudev.

Editing Right Now Widget

Customizing the Right Now Section in Admin

Ultimate branding plugin: removing "WordPress" line in "right now" widget

There are some non wpmudev plugins out there to manage this. Of course it would far be better if it were part of the Ultimate Branding plugin. Or a RIght now specific plugin if it were to be used to also add additional optional features to the Right Now Dashboard Widget.

With a solution for wpmudev we would could all feel more comfortable knowing that it will keep working with future WP updates, and not conflict with other wpmudev plugins.

Of course it needs to work with the Easy Blogging plugin too. Because it would be part of simplifying the user experience.

Here is a plugin that modifies the Right Now Dashboard Widget. It remove the WordPress version but only for contributors, and it does not remove the theme being used.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/right-now-reloaded/screenshots/

Here is another one that enhances the Right Now Dashboard Widget but does not remove the WordPress Version branding, or the Theme in use:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/right-now-extended/screenshots/

I think others also wanting a simple, completely unbranded Dashboard would be thrilled to have this feature added to the Ultimate Branding plugin.

Cheers,

Sean

  • aecnu
    • WP Unicorn

    Greetings Sean,

    Thank you for your feedback which is greatly appreciated.

    I am not quite sure I follow you on the removing right now and that it leaves branding of some kind.

    I checked and I am not running any of the plugins you mentioned, just the Ultimate Branding plugin and I have nothing to note about removal – screen shot below.

    Am I missing something here?

    Please advise.

    Cheers, Joe

  • Sean
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    Hi Joe,

    If you open any standard unmodified WordPress install you will see the Right Now Dashboard Widget. In the widget you will see which WordPress Version you are using and your active theme.

    Example of Default Right Now Dashboard Widget

    Ultimate Branding only gives you the option to eliminate the default Right Now Dashboard Widget, but there is useful information in there. So you are stuck with the choice of eliminating it to get rid of the WordPress branding and not display information a novice user does not need, or display Right Now with the WordPress branding and theme information.

    With the Ultimate Branding plugin you can globally substitute other text for WordPress, but that creates bizarre user interface issues because it substitutes the text virtually everywhere. Plus it isn’t a complete or elegant solution.

    Cheers,

    Sean

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