Managing a WordPress website is no easy task especially as it starts to grow bigger and bigger and becomes ever more cluttered. However, there are now lots of great plugins that you can use which will help you to organise the Word Press admin area of your website as well as your content and media library. Carry on reading to find out more!
Organising Your WordPress Dashboard
The first thing that you will probably want to do is organise your WordPress dashboard. There are a few default dashboards and you can drag and drop the widgets around to rearrange them on your screen. You can open up the Screen Options tab which will allow you to add or remove widgets on your dashboard allowing you to clean up some of the clutter and organise your dashboard that little bit better.
Organising Your WordPress Admin Panel
To the left-hand side of your screen you will spot the WordPress admin panel and as you add on more plugins and themes, this is where they will appear. As this starts to get cluttered you have two options. You can either start to delete plugins or you can use plugins to organise it. In the Admin Menu Editor, you can rearrange items in the panel and create your own submenus. Hierarchy is another great plugin that allows you to combine menu items for posts, media, and pages into a single menu. This will combine your content into one location and makes it easier for you to manage.
Organising Your WordPress Content
Everyone creates content in different and unique ways, but this content has to be properly organised in your WordPress website. You can start by organising WordPress pages with the Simple Page Ordering plugin. With this plugin, you will be able to order lists of pages and custom post types and this is through a simple drag and drop manoeuvre. In doing this, you can organise your pages and custom post types in order of importance rather than WordPress’s default which is to organise them alphabetically.
It can be difficult to then try and keep track of page structures and so this is where the CMS Tree Page View plugin comes in which will create a separate submenu called the Tree View under the Pages admin menu.
Organising Your WordPress Media Library
On most WordPress websites, people tend to upload several pictures per post and this can quickly result in it becoming a mess. We would recommend using the Enhanced Media Library plugin as this will allow you to create categories in your media gallery. From there, you will then be able to organise your images and other items by category. You will have a new page called Media Categories and this can be found under the Media menu.