20 Handy WordPress Administrator Plugins to Increase Productivity


WordPress have an awesome administrator area, but despite that there are very productive WordPress Administrator plugins available.

WordPress is by far the most loved Content Management System, old news, right? But what makes it so? It is not only because WordPress is friendly with visitors, this is because  WP is also very friendly for administrators.

I wasn’t able to to focus on WordPress for a while, and that is because of the mega posts we are making related to graphic design, so you are in for a treat this week if you are in the field of designing.

Admin Management Xtended Plugin

It adds some icons to the Manage posts/pages view with AJAX-driven CMS-known functions like toggling post/page visibility, changing publication date and title without having to open the edit screens or reload the page.

WordPress as CMS

Free Tool

Fluency Admin 2.4

The might of WordPress administration tools. A bundle of tools for administrators whether they are running a blog or a website.

administration tool

Scripts n Styles

This plugin allows Admin users to individually add custom CSS, Classes and JavaScript directly to Post, Pages or any other custom post types.

WordPress admin plugin

Admin Drop Down Menu

A specific admin navigation bar just for the for the top brass of the blog/website. WordPress 3 already has an admin bar but this one can be customized according to your needs. There are many other options as well.

free wordpress plugin

Theme Test Drive

Safely test drive any theme as an administrator, while visitors use the default one.

Free Plugin

WP Security Scan

Scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions.

free for administrators

Mini Mail Dashboard Widget

Send and receive e-mails on the administration panel and optionally receive SMS messages when new messages or comments arrive.

Free tools for wordpress

WordPress phpinfo()

It’s important for a non technical administrator to be able to diagnose server related problems in WordPress but also rapidly retrieve feedback regarding their web server. This simple plugin adds an option to an administrator’s Tools menu which displays standard phpinfo() feedback details to the user.

wordpress administration tool

Post Ideas+

Manage and keep track of your blog articles and post ideas. Option to allow all users to view the Administrators post ideas and write them (great for multiple author blogs).

WordPress plugins


Backup your WordPress Database and Files, and more!

Wordpress administration tool

WP Super Edit

Get control of the WordPress wysiwyg visual editor and add some functionality with more buttons and custom TinyMCE plugins.

Administrator wordpress plugin


WordTube is your Media Center plugin for WordPress.

video streaming plugin

WordPress Admin Theme Adminimize

Although this plugin is not available in English right now, it gives a huge control over administrating the view of the website, from user end as well as admin end.

Peter’s Post Notes for WordPress

Simple plugin that leaves sticky notes on the WordPress admin dashboard for other admins and editors etc.


CMS Dashboard

Improve the usability of your WordPress CMS system. This plug-in creates a dashboard widget with clearly labeled large buttons of the most common tasks one would perform when using WordPress as a content management system.


Easy Admin Color Schemes

The Easy Admin Color Schemes plugin allows users to easily customize the colors of the administration interface for WordPress.

wordpress plugin

Custom Admin Branding

The Custom Admin Branding Plugin allows you to brand and customize the WordPress administration area for clients or for personal use.

administrator plugin

Instant Upgrade

Administration Plugins

Fully automatic upgrades of your WordPress blog

The InstantUpgrade plugin downloads the latest WordPress version from the WordPress server and unpacks it at your server. In the next step, it deletes all of your old WordPress files (except wp-content/and wp-config.php) and puts the new files into your WordPress directory. Finally, it runs the database upgrade script. That procedure is exactly what the official guide proposes, only 30 times faster and with you leaning back.

Just Unzip

Just Unzip (LGPL Licensed) takes a zip file you upload from the “Write” page, unzips it, stores the zipped files in your upload folder, and associates.

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  1. Tayyab June 15, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Cincinnati Web Design!

    I revisited all the sources, and all say “The plugin requires WordPress 2.8 or Higher
    You might be referring that Admin Drop Down Menu is not required anymore, since it is already included in 3.1, so the answer is that Admin Drop Down Menu can be customized and it has a lot more options than the default one.
    If you are a programmer and can edit the default menu (as big bro Ayaz Malik has done for us at Designzzz) then you don’t this plugin at all.

  2. solidworm August 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

    tnx !!

    1. Tayyab August 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

      you’re welcome 🙂

  3. faisal khan April 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    so which one of these do you guys use?

    1. Tayyab April 26, 2012 at 1:22 am

      that’s a very good question. From this list we’re only using “Scripts n Styles”.
      We don’t use many plugins because most of the stuff here is hand-coded.

  4. faisal khan April 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    and where did u learn all these things?? could you refer any source… not in lahore.. i would prefer in peshawar….

    1. Tayyab April 27, 2012 at 4:29 am

      We learned it all on internet, by following tutorials and practicing them.
      And that’s the only way you ‘learn’. In colleges you can study but you ‘learn’ only with practice.

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