How can you improve on the default WordPress dashboard; and make the post editing toolbar less cluttered, more intuitive and relevant for your users? All it takes is a bit of forethought and a sprinking of code in functions.php. Even better, turn your modifications into a simple plugin.
Why customise the WordPress post editor toolbar?
To make life easier for content editors, help them avoid some common mistakes, stomach and put some useful new options on the editing toolbar.
Suggested post editor improvements
- WordPress users probably shouldn’t use Heading 1, but they often choose it if it’s available. So remove it from the toolbar.
- How long an excerpt should users be writing? Set a maximum length.
- Add custom styles to the post editor, for example to make it easy for users to turn a link into a button.
- Remove the text colour, text justification and underline buttons; and add extra buttons that aren’t shown by default.
- Apply your site’s stylesheet so that the post editor is properly WYSIWIG.
- And many more suggestions…
Here are the slides, which I uploaded to Slideshare:
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