Let’s take a quick behind-the-scene peek at your blog. That is, check out how your admin panel looks.
Is it neat and easy-to-navigate? Or a bit overwhelming and full of different tabs, drop-down menus and navigation to blog functions that you rarely use?
While WordPress is marvelously versatile and allows installing all sorts of add-ons to get more things done, all those features should not clutter your blog backend.
Here are some essential tips to conduct a grand revision of things.
Uninstall All The Plugins You Do Not Use
Don’t just deactivate those and let them be for some while. Admit it, you will not use them again for whatever reasons. Hence, they should not occupy space on your blog and create additional security vulnerabilities.
Same goes for old blog themes, duplicate visuals, a pile of drafts you never felt like finishing and posts you’ve decided to take down from the public eye and so on. Get rid of those today.
Customize Your Admin Panel Look
Part of the deal why your inner sidebar menu looks so cluttered is that new plugins often get installed at random places. That happens all-the-time!
Does this look familiar?
Retrieving those hidden ones and switching between them is time-consuming, right?
The good news is that you can fix this fast. Customize your admin panel look with the Admin Menu Editor plugin. It allows you to drag & drop different items and place them in any order you like. You can move them to different sub-menus, place items on top of the panel or hide rarely used ones somewhere far.
In fact, you can create an entirely custom menu that would direct you towards any part of the dashboard or to an external URL. Tweak it up till you find your productive view.
Bundle All The Items You Have in The Admin Panel
If you aim for a totally minimalistic look, organize your admin panel further using Hierarchy plugin. It’ll help you create neat categories for custom post types:
This way it’ll be easier for you to find specific website elements, edit them fast and know exactly where each file is stored!
Spring Clean Your Blog Taxonomy
Repeat after us – I will not have 60+ categories and even more tags on my blog. Put that in writing if you must.
But seriously, more categories don’t make your blog life easier. Our massive guide has all the tips you need to organize your taxonomy the right way. For starters reduce the number of categories to 10 at max (considering that you have a lot of content!) and create descriptive custom names for those. These quick steps will already make your blog look much better!
Organize Your Image Library
WordPress Media Library wasn’t designed with a style publisher in mind. Considering that it features images chronologically, finding the “oldies” could be a bit complicated. The search feature definitely helps….as long as you remember how that photo was named or what was the ALT tag ☺
But it shouldn’t be this way. You can create neat folders related either to specific blog posts or certain blog themes/categories using a media library folder plugin:
This way your visual library will always look neat and productive!
Ready to Marie Kondo your backend?