How to Declutter Your WordPress Administrator Interface

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WP Admin UI Customize

By far the easiest and best method to simplify your admin interface is to use the “WP Admin UI Customize” plugin. It provides a wide array of essential actions and settings that are accessible through a highly visual interface. You do not need to use any code whatsoever.

Let’s go through some key steps to declutter and simply the interface with this plugin.

General Screen Settings

This is the place to disable notifications for non-admin users. WordPress automatically sends notifications to all users whenever there’s an update available (for WordPress, plugins and themes). Notifications for comments are also sent to users.

These notifications are quite unnecessary and can be confusing. The best thing to do is disable them for any user which is not an administrator.

Customize Dashboard

You can customize the Dashboard even further through the WP Admin UI Customize Dashboard. This custom dashboard is really an extension of the Screen Options. You should use it to disable redundant blocks from the Dashboard.

De-Clutter the Side Menu

We all know that plugin developers love the Side Menu panel. A number of plugins, such as our very own All in One SEO Pack, have custom menus featured in the Side Menu.

WP Admin UI Customize allows you to fully adjust the Sidebar to your own needs.

The WP Admin UI Customize plugin allows you to fully adjust the Sidebar to your own needs or those of your clients.

To be honest, it is convenient at times to have those custom menus. However, most of the time, it just muddles and confuses backend users. That is because most plugins do not have user access rights properly enabled; but yet they are often displayed to users who do not have access to them. It pointlessly contributes to the clutter in the admin interface.

The good news is that you can easily get rid of those plugins (from the side menu) by simply scrolling through a list and deleting the nonessentials.

Customize the Login Screen

It’s always nice to have a custom feel and experience, particularly within your admin interface. The WP Admin UI Customize plugin further facilitates that by enabling customization of your login screen.

You can customize and add various elements like your logo, colors, font, and more. Play around with it and make it your own.

Arnaud, a foodie from Bruges, Belgium, is the editor for the Semper Plugins blog. He also manages the translation teams for All in One SEO Pack (over 58 languages!).

One comment on “How to Declutter Your WordPress Administrator Interface
  1. Mario von Gollaz says:

    Wish everyone was so comprehensive as you guys!

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