Tag: WordPress Dashboard

Improving the Free Version of PublishPress Series

Improving Series

One of our favorite things to do is add new features to our Free plugins. It's a pleasure to release improvements for anyone to use.

The latest version of PublishPress Series has several new features that were previously only in the Pro version of the plugin.

PublishPress Series is a publishing plugin that allows you to organize posts into issues or series. This is ideal for magazines, newspapers, short-story writers, teachers, comic artists, or anyone who writes multiple posts on the same topic.

Here's an overview of what's new in PublishPress Series version 2.10.

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How To Hide Screen Options in WordPress

Screen Options Hide

We received an interesting question this week from a PublishPress user. One of our customers wanted to remove elements from the “Screen Options” dropdown panel in WordPress.

The “Screen Options” tab is available in most areas of the WordPress admin area. This image below shows an example from the “Pages” screen.

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PublishPress Capabilities Can Clean Up Your Post Editing Screens

Clean Editing Screen

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.

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PublishPress Series Has New Screen for Publishing Series

Publish Series Screen

PublishPress Series is the best way to manage newspaper and magazine issues in WordPress.

To help more users, we've just moved one of the most useful features from the Pro version to the Free version.

All users of PublishPress Series now have access to the “Publish Series” screen. This is available under the “Posts” link in the WordPress admin area:

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Clean Up the WordPress Admin Area With PublishPress Capabilities

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One thing we often hear from new WordPress users is that the interface is noisy. Especially once you have a few plugins installed, it's easy for the admin area to become overwhelmed with notifications, messages, links, alerts, and widgets.

We're on a mission to solve that with PublishPress Capabilities. We want to bring simplicity back to the WordPress admin.

PublishPress Capabilities 2.3 is available now, and it has a new screen called “Admin Features” which help you clean up the admin area.

In this first release, “Admin Features” allows you to control access to two key features:

  • Admin toolbar
  • Dashboard widgets

This image below shows you where those two features are in the WordPress admin area:

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How to Hide WordPress Dashboard Widgets

Hide Widgets Dashboard

When you log in to a WordPress site, you will see boxes full of information. These are called “Dashboard Widgets”.

You will probably see a “Welcome to WordPress!” widget with lots of useful links. There's also a “WordPress Events and News” widget with official updates. There's an “At a Glance” widget so you can quickly see key statistics for your site.

Those are only some of the default widgets. And when you add plugins, they will also add extra widgets. In the image below, you can see a widget called “Easy Digital Downloads Sales” which comes from a plugin.

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PublishPress Has a New and Faster Editorial Calendar

New Calendar

PublishPress 3.4 is available now, and it has a completely new editorial calendar.

The old calendar had been around for many years and was starting to show its age. The old version used PHP for 80% of the codebase and only relied on Javascript for the drag-and-drop actions. This legacy code meant that the calendar was slow to load, slow to refresh, and difficult for us to update.

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How to Control Permissions for WP Job Manager

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WP Job Manager is a popular plugin with over 100,000 active installs and a wide range of available add-ons. This plugin can add job boards to your WordPress site so people can look for work and post their resumes. WP Job Manager is built by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. There's a free version on WordPress.org and the add-ons are at WPJobManager.com.

A PublishPress customer wanted to create a user who could manage the jobs and resumes inside the WP Job Manager. However, they didn't want to give this user access to any other area of the site.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create a “Job Manager” role on your site. We'll also explore the capabilities available in the WP Job Manager plugin.

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Control User Access to Gravity Forms and WooCommerce

Gravity Forms Woocommerce

A PublishPress user has both Gravity Forms and WooCommerce on their site. They asked this is interesting question:

Can I use the Capabilities plugin to give the “Shop Manager” role user access to Gravity Forms entries?

The answer is “yes”, and we'll show you how to do it in this guide. We're going to be controlling access to this “Entries” menu link:

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Control Permissions for the Flamingo Plugin (with Contact Form 7)

Flamingo

Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress plugins ever, with over 5 million installs.

Contact Form 7 is so popular that even it's add-ons can have 100,000's of users. Click here for our guide to Contact Form 7 permissions and there's also a guide to controlling access to Contact Form 7 admin menus.

Flamingo is a plugin which stores messages submitted through Contact Form 7. Flamingo was written by Takayuki Miyoshi, who also developed Contact Form 7.

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