10 Plugins for Customizing the WordPress Admin

The WordPress administration area (aka the Dashboard) can be customized in a number of ways. Menu items can be added, hidden or rearranged. Access to settings can be set for specific user roles. Custom widgets can be added to help guide or pass important information on to users.

No matter what kind of tweaks you’re looking to make, there is most likely a WordPress plugin available to make it a reality. Let’s explore 10 WordPress plugins you can use to personalize the Dashboard to meet your needs.

Custom Dashboard Widget & Dashboard Contact Form

When handing off a WordPress site to a client, it’s a nice touch to add your company contact information to the dashboard. That’s exactly what Custom Dashboard Widget & Dashboard Contact Form does.

Add content to a custom widget via a WYSIWYG editor and then enter a contact email address. From there, the widget (with a simple contact form) can be displayed on the dashboard home page.


Adminimize is one of those plugins I find myself recommending again and again. Why? This plugin helps clean up the mess that is the WordPress admin menu. Plus it’s incredibly easy to use. You can hide items based on a user’s role – so it’s great for multi-author websites. It’s good for both security and ease of use.

Admin Tweaks

Admin Tweaks is meant for those looking for an easy way to customize various areas of the dashboard. You can hide/remove/change items listed in the admin bar, menu, user profile, login screen and general WordPress settings.

Customize the rows and columns shown in posts, pages and media. The ability to tweak just about anything you want is found here in one single plugin.

Admin Columns

Admin Columns is a commercial plugin (with a free version) that enables to you add custom columns to page /post listings and more.

There are over 160 columns to choose from. For example, you can easily add a featured image column to the post listing. Not only can you display various columns, you can sort and filter posts by them as well. It works with all content types and can integrate with lots of plugins, including Advanced Custom Fields and WooCommerce.

Simple History

Simple History doesn’t add some major functionality to the WordPress dashboard. But it sure is helpful. A widget is added to the dashboard home page that shows you which users recently added or updated posts, when a widget has been added or removed or even uploaded an image to the Media Gallery.

It also tracks things like plugin activations, user profile updates, logins and more. Very useful for administrators who want to stay on top of whom is doing what.

Simple History

Admin Menu Editor Pro

While somewhat similar to Adminimize, Admin Menu Editor Pro does have some unique features worth checking out. For instance, not only can you hide dashboard menu items in general or by user role, you can create your own items as well.

Those custom menu items can point to any internal or external URL. The plugin also lets you move individual items to different submenus, change titles and even icons. A free version is also available.

Admin Menu Editor Pro

Custom Dashboard Widgets

The WordPress dashboard can get a little cluttered. Custom Dashboard Widgets helps alleviate some of that clutter by allowing you to replace all the standard home page widgets with simpler versions.

Consisting of a label and a FontAwesome icon, each widget can be displayed or hidden based on a user’s role. You can also add your own custom links as well.

Custom Dashboard Widgets

Page Template Dashboard

When you’re working on a website with a highly-customized theme, it’s good to know which template a particular page is using. While you can click into the page editor to find out, Page Template Dashboard is a much more convenient solution. It displays the template file used for each page as a column in the page listing. A real timesaver on large sites.

Ultimate Dashboard Pro

Ultimate Dashboard Pro lets you take control of the WordPress dashboard homepage. You can easily disable any and all default widgets, as well as those from third-parties. Create your own simplified widgets with either text-only or icon-based options. The plugin is compatible with WordPress Multisite. A free version is also available.

Nested Pages

A seemingly ignored part of WordPress is the cumbersome approach to managing large amounts of pages or posts. Nested Pages is a plugin that aims to fix this by turning listings into interactive tree-style menus.

It also allows you to add pages in bulk, right from within the page listing. The slick drag-and-drop interface helps to make repositioning content less stressful. A native WordPress menu is also created and updated to match your nested structure.

Nested Pages

Make it Your Dashboard

The main idea behind tweaking the WordPress administration area is to improve your workflow. By adding helpful information and streamlining what gets displayed (and to whom it’s displayed), we’re making site management that much easier. The plugins above feature creative and practical ideas for lessening the learning curve for new users and saving administrators loads of time.

If these plugins don’t help, you could try these 20 Snippets & Hacks to Help Make WordPress Easier for Your Clients.

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Enhancing CSS Layout: From Floats To Flexbox To Grid


Earlier this year, support for CSS grid layout landed in most major desktop browsers. Naturally, the specification is one of the hot topics at meet-ups and conferences. After having some conversations about grid and progressive enhancement, I believe that there’s a good amount of uncertainty about using it. I heard some quite interesting questions and statements, which I want to address in this post.

Progressively enhanced CSS Layout, with Flexbox and CSS Grid.

“When can I start using CSS grid layout?” “Too bad that it’ll take some more years before we can use grid in production.” “Do I need Modernizr in order to make websites with CSS grid layout?” “If I wanted to use grid today, I’d have to build two to three versions of my website.” The CSS grid layout module is one of the most exciting developments since responsive design. We should try to get the best out of it as soon as possible, if it makes sense for us and our projects.

The post Enhancing CSS Layout: From Floats To Flexbox To Grid appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

Using Twitter to Execute Your Business Social Strategy Effectively with Lisa Marcyes

#TwitterSmarter Chat Recap: 7-20-17

Here’s a recap of our fave tweets from this week’s informative and insightful chat. We’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment below and share your two cents on these questions.

Ask @hootsuite:

We invited our friends from Hootsuite to come on the chat and kick it off by answering one pressing question about Twitter marketing.

#TwitterSmarter Chat

For more tips, advice and resources to help you master Twitter and grow your business be sure to follow me at @MadalynSklar. I’m also available for one-on-one and group coaching and consulting. Get details here.

Be sure to join us every Thursday on Twitter at 1pm ET at hashtag #TwitterSmarter.

Madalyn Sklar, Twitter Advisor

How to Win More Attention with this Awesome Video Checklist

How to Win More Attention with this Awesome Live Video Checklist

In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande asserts that the simple checklist is the key to taming a high-tech economy. Malcolm Gladwell in his review of the manifesto says,  

“…he [Gwande] is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world–and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities.” 

If you haven’t read The Checklist Manifesto, I highly recommend it. A checklist is not a to-do list, but a written guide that takes you through the key steps to get something done… correctly, without missing important steps that contribute to the success of the whole.

In the realm of digital marketing, from creating your marketing assets to promoting your program, product, book, service, etc., there are myriad steps big and small and missing any can impact the success and outcome of what you want to accomplish. 

Drilling down from there, live stream video is fraught with details that you want to get right in order to attract an audience, encourage engagement and convert viewers to clients.

Based on experimentation, classes I’ve taught and mentoring clients as they tackled the live video learning curve, I’ve created a #GoLive Video Checklist to help you deal with the many steps and complexity involved with going live, on Facebook, in particular.

Master Facebook Live with the #GoLive Video Checklist

There are 27 steps on this #GoLive Checklist.


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View or Download the Checklist

Click here for the interactive checklist online.

Or, download the checklist (pdf) below:
(print it out and refer to it every time you #GoLive)


A Request

After reviewing the checklist and putting it into practice, I’d love to hear from you. 

  • Did the checklist help you?
  • Do the steps make sense?
  • What steps are missing?
  • Which steps need more clarification?

I appreciate any and all feedback so I can update the checklist and make it better for you and others who are tackling live video. You’re welcome to post feedback in the comments of the post or  Message me on Facebook via the form below.



Recommended Reading

The Checklist Manifesto was the #1 book on my list of Best Business Books in 2016

How to Quickly Repurpose Your Facebook Live Videos

What Do You Do When Your Live Video Sucks

The Video Godfather’s Top 10 Proven Video Marketing Tips


The post How to Win More Attention with this Awesome Video Checklist appeared first on Digital Marketing Strategy for Entrepreneurs | Denise Wakeman.

Popular Design News of the Week: July 17, 2017 – July 23, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

7 Design Hacks You Can Steal from Star Wars


Google’s New Panic Mode Should Be Part of Every UI


Site Redesign: Pentagram


DisplayJS: A Simple JS Framework for UIs


UX is Killing Brands


25 Typography Freebies to Make your Life Easier


The Value of Minimalism


How to Switch your Career to Product Design


Data Porn: Game of Thrones Style


Designer Excuses


Flow: A Typeface Built for Wireframing


Google’s Rules for Designers Working with AI


Site Design: Bonde.nyc


The Designer’s Guide to Using Colour in Branding


Said no User Ever


The Graphic Design of Old Batteries


Wordmark.it: Helps You Choose Fonts


UX Scenario Scaffolder Tool


How not to Be a Creative Dictator


Are Subscription Services the Future of Web Design?


Making Our own Emoji


Microsoft’s Calibri Font is at the Center of a Political Scandal


Pretty Pixels Vs. Functional Design


The Zuckerberg Shirt


Pitch Decks from Top Startups that Raised $700m


Want more? No problem! Keep track of top design news from around the web with Webdesigner News.

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Weekly News for Designers № 395

This is our popular weekly design news post where we share our favorite design related articles, resources and freebies from the past week.

You can sign-up to our awesome weekly newsletter or follow us on Twitter for some more amazing design articles, resources and freebies.

New Resources & Tools

Sketch Material – A Sketch plugin that will help you generate complex material components like tables, chips, forms etc.
Sketch Material

Gutenberg Boilerplate – Helps WordPress theme and plugin developers kick-start their development with the new Gutenberg editor.
Gutenberg Boilerplate

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Popmotion – A JavaScript motion engine to create delightful interactions with input tracking, animations and physics.

wireframe – A minimal wireframing css-framework.

Markvis – Make visualization in markdown.

CSS Database – A comprehensive list of CSS features and their positions in the process of becoming implemented web standards.
CSS Database

study – An AB testing library designed to be clear, minimal, and flexible. It works in both the server and browser with the use of driver-based persistence layers.

MediumLightbox – A nice and elegant way to add zooming functionality for images, inspired by medium.com.

Logodrop – A Sketch Plugin to get brand logos right into Sketch App.

Sketch Cache Cleaner – Deletes hidden Sketch history files that can take a lot of space on your hard drive.
Sketch Cache Cleaner

Learning Guides, Tutorials & Tips

How to Pair Fonts and Overcome Your Type Anxiety By Ulrik Hogrebe
How to Pair Fonts and Overcome Your Type Anxiety

Email Design Trends of 2017 (so far) By Really Good Emails
Email Design Trends of 2017 (so far)

Simple WordPress Snippets to Enhance Your Secondary Navigation By Eric Karkovack
Simple WordPress Snippets to Enhance Your Secondary Navigation

6 Subtle UI Changes in iOS 11 By Ben Bate
6 Subtle UI Changes in iOS 11

Common On-Site Search Mistakes and How to Fix Them By Stephen Moyers
Common On-Site Search Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Introducing The Website Speed Test Image Analysis Tool By Eric Portis
Introducing The Website Speed Test Image Analysis Tool

Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI By Katharine Schwab
Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI

5 Popular UX Patterns That Users Hate By Nick Hiley
5 Popular UX Patterns That Users Hate

The UX of Getting Started in UX By Dan Maccarone & Sarah Doody
The UX of Getting Started in UX

…and finally…

Flow – A typeface built for wireframing.

Browse the Designer News Archives

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#TwitterSmarter Podcast: How to Create Compelling Content with Rebekah Radice [Episode 45]

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Rebekah Radice is an award winning marketer and writer, internationally recognized influencer, and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in marketing and business development. She’s the founder of Rebekah Radice Media and RadiantLA, CMO of Post Planner and the author of “How to Use Social Media to Virtually Crush the Competition” and “Social Media Mastery: A Comprehensive Guide to Social Media Growth.”

Her work specializes in helping businesses develop online marketing with a scalable business strategy to transform results and revenue. As an International Keynote Speaker, she’s been featured at over 200 events and is listed as a Top Ten Social Media and Content Marketer by Onalytica, and most recently, a Top Marketer of 2017 by Brand24.

In this episode, Rebekah reveals her top tips for creating and sharing engaging tweets using video and repurposed content. Her tactics will help you stand out in the Twitter feed and get people interacting with you. She also shares helpful advice on how to be more productive using “automation in moderation.” She highlights how she uses IFTTT as a strategy to pinpoint high value followers to stay in touch with. Rebekah also shares with us a wide variety of tools and apps that can help you amplify your thought leadership and boost your Twitter engagement.

Episode Highlights:

  • Leverage Twitter video. 82% of Twitter users are watching video on the platform. Make them attractive to your audience. Use videos to showcase behind the scenes, product information, insider secrets, how to use your products and so much more. You can get really creative with your Twitter videos.
  • Repackage your content into tweetables. The key to making it appealing is to take content you already created and repurpose it into different formats in different channels. Make it tweetable content, quick to digest and easy to share.
  • Apply automation in moderation. Use it to support your actions on a daily basis, determine your high-value followers, build relationships strategically and deep dive into your community.

My Favorite Quotes:

“If you pair video with your own creativity, these tweets can be the catalyst to increased attention. Attention turns into clicks and shares, and that turns people from leads into sales.”

“Ask a question to encourage interaction. Ask a question with a screen shot sets your content apart, creating a conversation with your followers, positioning you as a thought leader.”

“Tools are one of my absolute passions because if there’s a way to be more productive in what we do on a daily basis, I’m going to find it.”

Links, Tools and Apps Mentioned:

  • PostPlanner – Try out this powerful content curation tool. Find the best content for your audience.
  • SproutSocial – Check out this social media management tool created to help businesses grow their social media presence.
  • Brand24 – Discover what people are saying online about your brand – as it unfolds in real time. Brand24 gives you instant access to mentions about your brand across the web, from social networks to influential publishers.
  • Slack – It is an amazing tool for any size businesses. It brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving, search and collaboration tool for modern teams.
  • ManageFlitter – Helps you work faster and smarter with Twitter. Reach more of your followers with every Tweet.
  • SocialFave – Comprehensive platform for Twitter Management – organize your activities, discover content, high-value followers and communities, engage with your audience.
  • IFTTT – free platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices. You create a chain of conditional statements called applets that trigger changes.
  • Article: How to Rate and Review a Podcast on your iPhone or iPad
  • #VideoReplyDay – check out my new initiative to get more people using Twitter video to connect with one another.
  • Click here to “share the love” for this episode! Tweet: Check out #TwitterSmarter podcast Ep. 45 with @MadalynSklar & @RebekahRadice. It's so good! https://ctt.ec/sM9yZ+

How to Reach Rebekah:

You can reach Rebekah on Twitter @RebekahRadice. It’s her #1 go-to-place. You can also connect with Rebekah through her website, www.rebekahradice.com and learn more about her work in digital marketing, social media and strategy consulting.

Your Call-to-Action:

Your call-to-action for this episode is to venture into Twitter video. This is a great way to create compelling content that will attract attention in your feed. I’ve been on a quest to get more people using this feature. It’s incredibly underutilized. I even started a new initiative called #VideoReplyDay on Tuesdays. I’m encouraging people to reply to their tweets with a video each week. It’s a great way to get in the habit of using it. And it’s super easy to do. See my video below. And with this call-to-action I want you to tweet both Rebekah and I a video tweet telling us what you think about this episode. Send to @MadalynSklar and @RebekahRadice. We want to hear from you!

Ask Me Anything!

I want to answer your questions about Twitter. Leave me a voicemail at MadalynSklar.com/speakpipe and I will pick a few to answer on the show. Don’t be shy. I want to hear from you.

Share The Love For This Podcast:

Want an easy “one-click” way to Share The Love for this podcast? Go here: www.madalynsklar.com/love to tweet out your love.

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Thanks For Your Attention!

I appreciate you listening to this podcast, and would be extremely grateful if you would take a moment to rate & review it on iTunes. By doing this, more people will be able to benefit from the tips and tools shared in this #TwitterSmarter podcast series. Please also subscribe to this podcast while you’re there. It will ensure you don’t miss an episode!

I read every review that comes in, so please know that you have my sincere thanks! Not sure how to rate & review a podcast? Click here to learn how.


#TwitterSmarter Twitter Chat:
Join our weekly Twitter chat where you go to learn and share Twitter tips. It’s every Thursday at 1pm ET/10am PT. We’ll also have Q&A’s with guests from the #TwitterSmarter podcast. Mark your calendar. You don’t want to miss this!

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Learn Adobe Photoshop For Free Through This 33-Video Playlist

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For all the Adobe Photoshop beginners out there who’re keen to learn the software, YouTube channel TastyTuts could well become your new best friend.

The channel, which is run by London-based freelance graphic designer Gareth David, created a helpful beginner’s guide playlist to learning Photoshop. Although uploaded quite some time ago, it recently resurfaced on PetaPixel.

“In this series we will be starting from the very beginning and working our way across 33 episodes to learn all the basics and create a project from scratch,” explains David.

He’s structured the online course into three main sections: introduction; essential practice; create a project. There’s even course materials, which can be downloaded for free from this project folder.

Here’s an overview of the course episodes:


1. Interface introduction

2. Panels and workspaces

3. Raster image principles

4. Image size, dimension, and resolution

5. Layers

6. Common file types

7. Color

8. 10 handy tips for beginners

Essential practice

9. Making selections

10. Copy and paste

11. Transform tools

12. Using brushes

13. Eraser tool and layer masking

14. Shape tool

15. Type principles

16. Layer styles

17. Paths and Pen tool

18. Smart objects

19. Color adjustments

20. Adjustment layers

21. Filters

22. Blending modes

23. Saving in Photoshop

Create a project

24. Setting up a document

25. 3D paper type effect

26. Rainbow and clouds illustration

27. Managing complexity and woring smart

28. Decorating an origami paper bird

29. Creating an origami bird logo

30. Using type in Photoshop

31. Saving for print

32. Adapting a print design for a web banner

33. Saving for web

Watch the course overview and breakdown, followed by the entire 33-episode playlist below.

Course overview

33-episode Photoshop course

[via PetaPixel, video via Gareth David, image via video screenshot]

Adobe’s Lovely UI Lets Artists Play Around, Wholly Carefree, With Color Palettes

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In a bid to enhance color palettes on the digital sphere for artists, Adobe Research and the University of Toronto have teamed up to create a beautiful, user-friendly UI called ‘Playful Palette’. The tool aims to improve existing traditional and digital palette designs, as well as support artists in their exploration across more creative avenues.

After studying how artists conventionally use the color palette, the team proposed to fuse traditional and digital together to form a fresh hybrid.

This is where ‘Playful Palette’ comes in—a design involving color blobs that enables the artist to mix colors in a flexible, amalgamated puddle. As you work on your virtual canvas, the software will automatically save the colors that you’ve already used around a color wheel. Researchers explain in the video below, which was published with the SIGGRAPH 2017 technical paper by Maria (Masha) Shugrina, Jingwan Lu, and Stephen DiVerdi on Prosthetic Knowledge:

“As the artist is painting, we save not only the history of colors used, but also the palette mixing dishes used to create each color. As the artist creates new mixing dishes or adds to its existing ones, the history is automatically updated.”

At present, the UI is still under development and there is no certainty that it will make it’s way into any Adobe product as yet. Nevertheless, keep your eyes peeled on updates with regards to this handy technology.

Watch the video below to learn more about ‘Playful Palette’.

GIF by GIPHY via Masha Shugrina

[via Fast Company, video via Masha Shugrina, images via video screenshot]