A Brief Guide to WordPress Backend Customization

Written by Oumarou Sanda

Interface of WordPress is characteristically intuitive and well-designed. Most experts believe that there’s nothing wrong in working on its natural state. However, a lot people consider this as boring and start adding premium themes. They also install plugins for optimizing overall performance and security of website.

Although there’s no harm in this, the process might cramp dashboard and menus. In case, you are seriously looking forward to delivering a truly exceptional service to your clienteles, consider WordPress backend customization.

Why? Well there are a number of reasons to support this. It cleans-up the backend which can prevent clients from accidentally harming their websites. The process involves branding backend special color scheme of client and logo of their company to come up with a more refined space to work on. This helps turn WordPress into a friendlier environment. After all, the less intimidating WordPress is, the more it gets used and updated by your clients.

The process is also helpful in providing continuous support for clients. Your clients will be happy get support material, your contact info, and other helpful tips.

So how to you make it possible? Well, all you need to do is a handful of plugins for the same. It will also take around an hour of customizations for getting WordPress backend in its excellent shape.

Remove Dashboard Widgets

Did you know the WordPress dashboard comes equipped with widgets by default? In order to deactivate some of these and keep your customers from seeing them, simply click on those you want to eliminate listed under the tab ‘Widgets’ in Ultimate Branding.

It is also possible to disable auto-generated widgets. These get generated automatically while installing new plugin. Make sure you don’t remove the Google Analytics widget already installed on dashboard unless you really want to or have some urgent need to.

The welcome message of WordPress existing by default can be changed as desired. All you need to do is type something into the text box and save changes. This will allow the new message to load.

Hide Plugins

This is ‘Admin Menu Editor’ plugin and very useful for hiding some specific plugins from users. The process will not actually deactivate plugins or make you lose access to them entirely. In its place, you will be just hiding them from user’s view within the tab of ‘Plugins’. This will make sure only those granted clear access to them can adjust setting such as deactivating, updating, activating etc.

Create Help Resources

Ultimate Branding’s ‘Help Content’ tab will let you develop messages for your clienteles. There are a number of things you can do such as integrating helpful reminders such as “Always save a post as Draft before Publishing!” Sharing tips is easier. You can inform your clients about making the most out of their latest WordPress website. There is an option to include an entire list of resources to be able to help customers check out whether they get trapped or require further support. In short, anything that you may find supportive can be included here. Make sure they know about the “Help” tab that appears WordPress dashboard’s top-right corner.

Limit Role Based Access

User Role Editor is a great plugin to use for customizing WordPress backend. Most WordPress maintenance & support services recommend the tool. It promises deeper control over defining user roles on a specific website. It also ensures control over what users can access within admin of WordPress.

In order to take more control of what your users are permitted to do with WordPress, simply navigate to ‘Users tab’. Now go to the tool – ‘new User Role Editor’. The section will allow you to customize the capability of each role.

For keeping clients under control, it is important to emphasize more on Core skills. Here, you can refine their activities on WordPress themes and plugins. It is possible to define if they can add new plugins, de-activate existing ones, etc. Make sure “General” privileges for given roles are precisely you wish them to be. These should be only “read” rights. The top ‘Admin Bar’ can be hidden at the bottom of User Role Editor.

Summing Up

A lot of people are under notion that there isn’t much that can be done to customize content management system of WordPress. However, there are a number of opportunities you can grab to make that lasting impression on your clients. All you need to do is to use the appropriate WordPress plugins to save yourself from the hassle of coding changes on your own.

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About the author

Oumarou Sanda

Blogger, Web Designer, Affiliate Marketer and Online Entrepreneur, I am a Wordpress fanatic. I Created this blog to learn English, share my experiences, and meet awesome people.

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