I’ve just released a new WP-plugin: WP Global Screen Options. It’s a simple little plug that lets Administrators set global «Screen Options» for all users of a WP-site (both existing and new ones) when adding/editing Posts and Pages and/or on the Dashboard – with an option to hide the «Screen Options»-tab if necessary.
In part 1 I discussed how cleaning up the Dashboard in WordPress by removing excess admin panels and editor sections makes it easier to use, especially for users who are new to WordPress. In this part I’ll be discussing how to add options for excluding pages from navigation and how to add alternate titles.
WordPress is best known as the leading (free) blogging software on the web. But it can also be used as a full-fledged CMS if you know how to take advantage of its flexibility. However, WordPress comes with a host of features which you probably won’t need if you’re using it as a CMS rather than a blogg – such as Comments, Links, and even Posts. So you might want to remove these, especially if you’re setting up a CMS for someone who’s inexperienced and/or have never used WordPress before. Cleaning up the Dashbaord and Editor by removing sections the users don’t need, users who are new to WordPress won’t be distracted by menu items and editor sections they’ll never need to use.
Basically, by removing the excess funtions the users never need, WordPress feels more complete and functional as a CMS. This might make the learning curve a little less steep.