Building a Better CMS: Making it Beautiful for the People who Maintain the Website

Ray Gulick
Primary Audience: Designer | Level: Intermediate | About Ray»

As designers, we spend a lot of time on the public side of a website, making sure it’s beautiful, easy-to-use, and that it communicates clearly to the website audience. But what about the admin area? The people who maintain the website also need ease of use, clarity, and yes, beauty, as they add or change content.

We’ll review some techniques for simplifying the WordPress admin, and making it more efficient to maintain company and organization websites:

  • Custom fields and custom post types
  • Useful CMS plugins
  • Customizing the editor
  • Customizing the admin menu