WordPress has been around for a long time in tech-years and has become one of the most popular publishing platforms available. Even though the platform has matured, it still lacks features that we’ve come to expect from other apps.
Adminyo is a plugin from vegabondLabs that solves a lot of my complaints about the WordPress backend. It even gives me tools I didn’t know I needed until I used them. It’s a toolbox that streamlines a lot of the tasks of creating and editing content. The tools are simple and don’t get in the way. They’re tools we’ve used with other apps that feel like natural extensions in WordPress. In this review I’ll take a look at those tools and share my thoughts and experience using them.
Some of the tools will have to be enabled. You can adjust the Adminyo settings through the WordPress dashboard. Settings include:
Pins – enable pins columns, removes welcome links, enable order pins, and enable admin bar pins.
Search – enable floating search, toggle using ctrl+q, search specific post types (enable each individually), and select custom post types (enable each individually).
Floating Action Button – enable posts and pages tab, display after scroll, and hold click to appear.
Miscellaneous Tools – create menu hot-keys, enable ctrl+s to save, auto-collapse menu, and auto-hide menu.
Links for Support, Contact, and Wiki are placed above the settings.
You can also import and export your Adminyo settings from this screen. There aren’t a lot of settings but importing would still be faster than setting them up manually. Judging by what I’ve seen from them so far they will keep adding features and settings, so this feature will definitely come in handy.
You’ll see a search box at the top of the screen. It searches and displays posts, pages, and other post types such as products if you have WooCommerce installed. Each result shows you the name along with links to edit, view, or pin. You can see the full name by hovering your mouse over the title. Clicking the + next to the post type creates a new post.
You can even search logs, custom post types, comments, projects, media, revisions, orders, refunds, coupons, feedback, users, etc. There are lots of other choices that can be enabled in the settings.
This is by far the best search that I’ve used for WordPress. It’s ridiculously fast.
You can pin your post types to the dashboard for quick access. Your pinned items will appear in its own area. The pins include icons that, when clicked, will give you information or perform tasks. The icons across the top show the post-type, a paint brush, and an x to unpin it from the dashboard. The icons across the bottom will let you edit, display information about the post, or preview the post. Clicking the icons performs the action.
You can sort the pins by post type, color, number of views, and by date. You can also search them by title.
You can drag and drop the pins to arrange them any way you want.
Pins can be color-coded according to a Material Design color pallet. I like the color-code idea because you can mark them according to something that means something to you. For example, you could color them according to percentage complete, when you wish to publish, author, topic, category, priority, post status, post type, etc.
I found the dashboard pin shortcuts to be a big time-saver. I used to create posts and save as draft but then either forget about them or have to search for them. Pinning them to my dashboard ensures that I see them and I can get to them easily. Pinning posts is now my standard practice.
You can also see your pins, pin, and unpin posts in the All Posts or All Pages lists. Adminyo also adds the ability to duplicate, or duplicate and edit any post from this page. I like this because it lets you use the formatting from one post to another. This is something that I’ve wanted for a while.
Floating Action Button
Probably the tool I use the most is the floating action button. This is a little red button in the bottom right corner of your screen. It gives you lots of tools that are always there on the screen, easy to get to.
When you click on the button you’ll see a set of tools. From left to right (and top to bottom) they include:
- Back to Top – I typically write 2000-word articles with 50 photos. It can take a while to scroll up just to read back through something. The Back to Top button takes you there in a flash.
- Scroll to Bottom – it can also take a while to scroll down to get to the end of the article or fill in the SEO information under a large post. This works just like the Back to Top button but instead takes you to the bottom of the page.
- Pin – selecting the Pin button will pin the post to your dashboard.
- Preview – the Preview button will open a preview in a new window. This is the equivalent to the preview button in the Publish field at the top of the screen.
- Duplicate Post – this button creates a copy of the post which can be a great starting point to create new content.
- Save Draft – this button keeps you from having to scroll back up to save as draft.
- Update/Publish – clicking the Publish/Update button will publish or update your post. This is the equivalence of hitting the Publish or Update buttons in the Publish field at the top of the screen.
This button floats so that it’s always there, making it convenient and always in reach. You can adjust how it displays in the settings.
There are several miscellaneous tools that you can enable in the dashboard. These let you create menu hotkeys, select CTRL+S to save, auto-collapse the menu, and hide the menu.
With Create Menu Hotkeys you can make your own keyboard shortcuts for the admin menu links or the admin menu bar. Collapsing and hiding the dashboard menu gives you a clean workspace so you can work without dashboard distracting you. Auto-Collapse keeps the menu small until you mouse over it, while Hide Menu hides the menu completely until you mouse over it. The tools are deactivated by default.
Support and Documentation
The Adminyo sales page at CodeCanyon includes complete documentation that you can read right there on the page. You can also get support through CodeCanyon or at their website Adminyo.com. The Adminyo website includes links to video tutorials. Support links are found in the Adminyo settings dashboard. Everything was intuitive so I never needed to use the documentation or the tutorials, but I like that they were easy to find.
VagabondLabs is a great company to communicate with. If I had any problems or suggestions they were quick to respond. They believe in their product and their passion shows in their work and communication.
Adminyo is a powerful time-saving toolbox. Pinned posts in the dashboard makes it easy to revisit posts. The search feature quickly highlights pages, posts, and custom post types. The floating action button places scrolling and publishing buttons at your fingertips. The miscellaneous tools lets you create your own shortcuts, hide the dashboard menu, save by using ctrl+s, and more.
I’ve used Adminyo for several months on several websites and it’s solved many of my complaints about the WordPress backend and saved me lots of time in the process. Now that I’ve used it I don’t want to be without it. It will pay for itself many times over in the time you save by using it. I highly recommend Adminyo to any WordPress user.