Let’s be honest. Navigating the WordPress dashboard can be a chore. It can take several clicks just to edit a post. Not to mention that if you have multiple plugins installed or work with a page builder, there are always new menus, tabs, and levels to work your way through.
And if you manage a lot of sites as a freelancer or in an agency, then you know that time is money. Those precious seconds clicking around add up over the course of a day. The faster you can get where you need to be, the more money you keep in your pocket.
If you manage a site where you occasionally blog about your cat’s hijinks, you’re likely not too worried about the “time is money” thing. Still, getting around your dashboard can be a slog when you just want to get to the fun part.
What if you could magically jump to where you want to be with a simple key command? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have a spotlight-style search bar right in your WordPress dashboard?
It’s absolutely possible with a plugin called CommandBar.
The CommandBar for WordPress Plugin
CommandBar for WordPress is a barebones yet incredibly useful tool for your WordPress dashboard. When installed, it adds a search bar to the top of your admin screen, plus quick actions and shortcuts that help you get where you want to go — faster than ever.
Tucked neatly into your Admin toolbar area, the CommandBar search interface stays out of your way. The plugin also includes features such as:
- Spotlight-style Search
- Pro Shortcuts
- Contextual Editor Actions
In the next section, I’ll show you how to install and use CommandBar on your WordPress site.
Using CommandBar on Your WordPress Site
CommandBar is super easy to use, and there’s not much to configure. Let’s install it, and I’ll walk you through the features.
Install the Plugin
Start by downloading the CommandBar plugin directly from its WordPress.org page.
After you’ve downloaded the plugin zip file, navigate to the Admin Dashboard of your WordPress site. Select Plugins>Add New. Click Upload Plugin and browse for the .zip file you saved. Click Install Now, then activate it.
You can, of course, also find the CommandBar plugin by searching in the Add New Plugins section of your WordPress admin dashboard. Simply search for “commandbar,”
This article was written by DJ Billings and originally published on WP Mayor.