There are quite a number of articles that cover many different kinds of widget plugins, but only a few have reviewed WordPress admin plugins. WordPress admin widget plugins on the other hand can go one step ahead and change the width, padding, margin, borders of WordPress admin user interface. Today I would like to share with you 13 great free widgets that improve the WordPress admin area in some way.
These administration widgets are all free to download from the official WordPress plugin directory and will help protect your website, give you more control over users or automate the editorial process. We hope they can be of use to you. You may be interested in the following modern trends related articles as well: Free Download WordPress Fluid Layout Themes, Free WordPress Widgets for Live Chat Services and Square Brochure Design Ideas.
1. Maintenance Page
Allows you to quickly create a maintenance/coming-soon page. You can use this plugin whenever your site is down for maintenance, currently going any upgrade or is in development. Built in options panel to add logo, background image, social icons, color, subscribe field and many more.
2. Error Manager
Keeping your site error free just got easier. Get email alerts of PHP errors and 404’s on your site. The Error Manager plugin allows you to get better insights as to how your site is performing by sending you more visible alerts to the errors that are happening on your site.
3. Rating-Widget – Star Rating System
The Rating-Widget Star Ratings WordPress plugin allows you to create and manage ratings from within your WordPress dashboard. You can embed thumb & star ratings into your posts, pages or comments. All Rating-Widget star ratings are fully customizable, cross-browser, support multi-language, CSS3 compliant. You can create unlimited thumb & star ratings and collect unlimited votes.
4. User Meta Manager
User Meta Manager is a handy plugin, with a simple interface, for managing user meta data. Add, edit, or delete meta data for individual members, or all members. Add custom user meta fields to the user profile editor. Create forms using short codes which allow members to update user meta data. Short codes for restricting access to content based on meta data values. Automatically assign a meta key and default value to new registrations.
5. JaviBola Custom Theme Test
This plugin enables a custom theme when the administrator is logged. It is very useful for working with a new theme and normal users will not see the changes that are being made.
6. Genki Announcement
Easily switch on and off through Admin Options. Display message without editing theme files. Display different message to different roles/users.
7. WP Construction Mode
Set entire website or specific page under construction or maintenance. Admin can still view the site, perfect for developing new websites or pages. Change Background: this feature will allow you to choose a background color, or set an image as a background.
8. cbnet Multi Author Comment Notification
Easily enable email notification of new comments to users other than the post author. Via Dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion, enable email notification to users by site admin, user role (Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, Subscriber ), or define arbitary email addresses to notify.
9. Auto Upload Images
When you want to save a post, this plugin search for image urls which exists in post and automatically upload external images to WordPress upload directory and replace external link with your link. Automatically add image to Media Library and attach to post.
10. VideoWhisper Video Presentation
VideoWhisper Video Consultation is a web based video communication solution designed for online video consultations, interactive live presentations, trainings, webinars, coaching and online collaboration with webcam support. This plugin uses the WordPress username to login existing users. From plugin settings wordpress admin can configure who will be able to use this (everybody, site members, user list).
11. Yasr – Yet Another Stars Rating
Yet Another Stars Rating (YASR) is a new system review based on jquery plugin RateIT. With YASR you can make your own review or let your visitors vote, and you can even create multiple sets (a set of stars for each aspect to rate).
12. Webmaster User Role
Adds a new “Admin” user role between Administrator and Editor. Perfect for clients and those who know just enough to be dangerous. iThemes Security – hide iThemes security menus. Sucuri Scanner (Sucuri) – hide security scan information.
13. WordPress Server Load
The WordPress Server Load Plugin adds a Server Load Averages and Server Uptime widget into your Admin Dashboard. This Plugin does not add any options page in your WordPress Admin Dashboard. After activating the Plugin, go to your Admin Dashboard Home and see the new widget.