Here are the 10 WordPress Admin plug-ins that expand the functionality of the admin area specially if design isnâ€™t your primary skill set.
Admin Management Xtended: Adds some icons to the posts or pages management panel with AJAX-driven CMS-known functions like toggling post or page visibility, changing publication date and title without having to open the edit screens or reload the page, plus changing page order with dragâ€™n’drop, inline category management and inline tag management, plus much more.
Custom Write Panel: This plugin allows you to add whatever you want to the WordPress dashboard through PHP and HTML even Sidebar Widgets. You can also wipe the entire dashboard or individually remove some of the more irritating sections like the Dev news, Planet WordPress and the getting started section.
Ozh’s Admin Drop Down Menu: All admin links available in a neat CSS driven drop down menu. No need to click on â€œManageâ€ then â€œPagesâ€ to edit pages, go to any admin page from any admin page.
Lighter Menus: Lighter Menus creates Drop Down Menus instead of the regular Admin menus for WordPress, so that you can browse items with one click. Fast to load, adaptable to color schemes, Lighter Menus comes with silk icons, a option page, and a design that fits within the WordPress interface taking the less room possible.
Simple Tags: This is a perfect tool to manage perfeclty your WP 2.3 and 2.5 tags.
WordPress Tweaks Plugin: This multi-purpose plugin specializes in simple toggle-on or off changes. It adds many useful settings pertaining to comments, posts, SEO, security, the administration back-end, and much more. Some tweaks can even replace plugins that you may already have installed.
Category Selector Back To Sidebar:Removes that advanced category selector below the write panel. Adds a primitive category selector to the sidebar.
WP-CMS: WP-CMS is a plugin for WordPress that changes the functionality of the WordPress admin backend to act more like a CMS. The blog functionality becomes optional and the focus is on writing pages to make WordPress as user friendly for you and your clients as possible.
Dashboard Editor: This plugin allows you to add whatever you want to the WordPress dashboard through PHP and HTML even Sidebar Widgets. You can also wipe the entire dashboard or individually remove some of the more irritating sections like the Dev news, Planet WordPress and the getting started section.
Adminimize: Visually compresses the administratrive header so that more admin page content can be initially seen. Adminimize is a WordPress plugin that lets you hide â€˜unnecessaryâ€™ items from the WordPress administration menu, submenu and even the â€˜Dashboardâ€™, 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.