If I had to pick a word to describe my experience with large WordPress sites, it's “overwhelming”.
There are so many admin notices, plugin alerts, review requests, and other demands for your attention. In the post editor, and particularly in Gutenberg, there are a ton of sidebar, tabs, settings, metaboxes, and configuration options.
So with PublishPress Capabilities, we're helping you simplify the WordPress admin area. This plugin provides all the features you need for a clean dashboard and post editing screens.
I'm going to give you a guide to cleaning up both the Posts screen and the WooCommerce Products screen. All these features are available in the Free version of PublishPress Capabilities.
How to Clean Up the Post Editing Screen
I've attached a screenshot below showing a normal WordPress post without any extra plugins. With PublishPress Capabilities, it's really easy to clean up this screen.
Go to “Capabilities” and then “Editor Features”. You will see a checkbox for almost every item on the post editing screen. On the left sidebar, you can choose your post type. The image below has the option to clean up Posts, Pages, Downloads (from Easy Digital Downloads), and Products (from WooCommerce). You can also choose from “Gutenberg” and “Classic” editor, depending on what your post type is using.
To see your first example, you can check all the boxes in the “Top Bar – Left” area.
Go and visit one of your posts, and you'll see that this action has removed everything in the top-left corner of the post editing screen:
Back on the “Editor Features” screen, you can check the boxes in the “Document Panel” area. Try checking all of these boxes, as in the image below.
When you visit a post again, you'll see that the “Status & visibility” box is hidden, along with other key elements such as the Permalink, Categories, and Tags. Any user who sees this screen can not change any important details about the post. All the useer can do is update the content and then click “Switch to draft” or “Update”. And if you go back to the “Editor Features”, you can remove those items too.
This image below shows the end result. There is nothing here to confuse a writer at all. They can log in, write their content, and then click “Update” or “Publish”. This is the solution to the “overwhelming” feeling I mentioned at the top of the post. PublishPress Capabilities is bringing the relaxing, Zen-like feeling back to WordPress!
How to Clean Up the WooCommerce Product Screen
PublishPress Capabilities is capable of cleaning up most post types, including WooCommerce products. This image below shows a typical product page.
You can use the “Editor Features” option to clean up this screen too. Because WooCommerce still uses the Classic Editor, click the “Classic” tab. You should also choose the “Product” tab.
In this example, I'm going to check almost all the boxes on the screen with the exception of “Publish Box” and “Publish”. What remains on the WooCommerce products screen is what you see in the image below. A user who sees this can not update the title, content, description or other items for the product. They can only modify the product data and click “Update”.
Find out more about PublishPress Capabilities
The “Editor Features” option in PublishPress Capabilities is one of several useful features you can use to clean up WordPress. When you install the plugin, you'll see menu links with all these different options:
- Roles: You can manage all the user roles on your site.
- Capabilities: Control what users in each role can and can not do.
- Editor Features: Remove items from post editing screens.
- Admin Features: Remove items from the WordPress dashboard.
- Admin Menus: Block access to links in the WordPress menu.
- Nav Menus: Block access to links on your frontend menu.
- Backup: Automatically save a copy of all your changes, and easily import/export your settings.