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Re-Thinking The WordPress Admin, A New Concept Dashboard Design

I’ve been thinking a lot about the WordPress admin lately. I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.

The WordPress team has done a great job improving the admin design over the years, but we still have a long way to go.

I deal with customers almost every day who tell me how difficult WordPress is to use. As designers/developers, sometimes we forget what it’s like to look at WordPress with virgin eyes.

For most non-developers, the first feeling is overwhelm. Confusion. Panic!

Even as an experienced WordPress user, I am getting tired of looking at all the excess (dare I say clutter?) in the admin. So I decided to do a mockup of what I want the admin area to look like.

Not really for anyone else, not thinking of how difficult it would be to implement, just sort of a dream.

Here’s what I came up with.

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Choose a design for our next theme, get it free!

Update: Voting is now closed. Design #3 is the clear winner so that is the theme we will be developing next! Thanks to all the people who voted and left comments! We will announce the winners in due course who will get a FREE copy of the new theme. :)

Can I get your opinion?

I created a few designs for our next theme, and I’d like to know which one you like best.

As a thank you for your time, I’d like to give you a chance to win a free version of the theme just for voting.
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How to Simplify the WordPress Admin for Your Clients

The WordPress admin dashboard can be a scary thing for first-time users.

When we develop sites for clients, sometimes it makes sense to remove some of the UI items they don’t need in the admin area to make it less intimidating. We used many of these admin customizations with WordPress Multisite (or WPMU), to make our customer’s sites more user-friendly. (The code in this article works with normal WP and multisite)

Here’s what the standard admin dashboard looks like (click image):

admin-dashboard-before

Here’s what it will look like after we make some modifications:

admin-dashboard-after


There are basically 3 things you can do easily to start:

  1. Remove some admin menus and sub menus
  2. Remove some default widgets
  3. Simplify dashboard and post/page list screens

Here are some tips and tricks for customizing the WordPress admin by adding code to your child theme’s functions.php file.

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Welcome aboard Josh!

Josh WagnerWe’d like to (officially) welcome the newest member of our team, Josh Wagner. Josh is a great guy and he’s going to be wearing many hats, including community support manager. You’ll probably exchange an email or two with him, be nice so he sticks around ;)

Welcome Josh!

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Customizing with WordPress Child Themes

If you want to customize your WordPress theme beyond small tweaks, you have to use a child theme.

A child theme is just a folder to keep your changes so you don’t make changes to the original (or parent) theme. The main reason to do this is so that you can update the parent theme without losing any of your customizations.

This subject is covered in a lot of different places, including our theme customization guide, but I wanted to go into more detail here.

Let’s get child themeing!

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New theme: Façade

We are excited to announce our newest theme, Façade!

Façade is a minimal, modern theme, packed with features to make your business look amazing. Showcase your products and portfolios, and make your site look clean and modern.

Facade Responsive WordPress Theme

The best part about Facade is that you can customize every color in the theme with no coding. We’ve stacked the theme customizer so you can change the background image, any color, add your logo, and even change fonts with a couple clicks. Check out this video for a demo:

View a live demo, get pricing information and more details here: http://www.presscoders.com/facade/

Cheers!

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Designfolio Pro Update (1.3) is out!

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We just released an update to the Designfolio Pro Theme. It’s mostly code updates that you won’t notice, but there’s a couple major changes. Please read this post before updating.

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10 Things I Hate About WordPress (And How to Fix Them)

10 Things I Hate About WordPress
I love WordPress, but I don’t love everything about it.

I think it’s the best way to build a website for most people, but like any piece of software, it’s not perfect. There are a few things that really chap my hide, and I’d like to air my grievances here.

To be clear, this post is not about complaining, it’s about providing solutions to some common problems. One cool thing about WordPress is that if you don’t like something, you can always contribute your idea for a fix because it’s open source.

Some of these fixes are specific to the way I like to use WordPress, so they might not be a good idea for the core software. So without further adieu [french accent], here we go!
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Fun WordPress Trick

Take 30 seconds and do this little trick on your WordPress site, you’ll get a kick out of it.

  1. Login to your admin area and go to the edit screen for one of your pages (doesn’t matter which one, just not a new one).
  2. Scroll down to the Revisions box, and click on any revision
  3. Scroll down and put the 2 radio buttons like you see in the picture
  4. Click “Compare Revisions”

I hope that made you smile :)

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How to make your WordPress Theme Retina Ready

We are currently adding Retina support for our WordPress Themes, so I thought I’d share how we did it so you can too.

About High Resolution Displays

Retina and high resolution displays in general are like HD TV, pretty soon everyone will have one. Your website will look really bad on a high-res display if you don’t change a few things. How bad? Zoom in to 200% on your website logo or one of your images, that’s exactly what it looks like on a Retina display (but worse because everything else like text is super crisp in comparison).

How to Retinize Your Theme (without a bunch of coding)

A lot of people have already written about how to retinize your theme with a bunch of custom coding. I’m going to take more of a “for dummies” approach here.
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