If you’re developing a complex WordPress site for clients, need to deal with content policies and flows, want to make the user interface easier to work with, or add custom content without writing code, you may well need a CMS plugin.
CMS plugins give WordPress additional Content Management System functionality and appearance. The way in which they do this varies between plugins but they tend to give you one or more of the following:
- The ability to add your own branding;
- The option to remove elements from the admin screens such as dashboard widgets and meta boxes;
- Improvements to the user interface, making screens easier to work with;
- The capacity to manage multiple streams of content and publishing privileges;
- Changes to the admin menus, letting you remove menu items you don’t need or rearrange the menu to suit your needs;
- The ability to create complex content without writing code, such as custom post types and custom fields.
We examined a number of excellent plugins intended to make WordPress easier to use, minimize unwanted functionality, and speed up content publishing. We picked the best of these and present them to you here, we hope, saving you hours searching through the WordPress repository.
Covered in this post:
- CMS plugin categories – a brief look at different groups of CMS plugins and why these are important.
- Top CMS plugins – a list of the most useful CMS plugins you can use to open up the full capabilities of WordPress as a powerful CMS.
So, let’s jump in and get straight to it…
CMS Plugin Categories
CMS plugins can be split into the following broad categories:
Plugins for Admin Customization and Branding
Plugins in this category generally let you add your own logo, customize the look of the admin screens, and/or remove elements of the admin screens such as dashboard widgets and meta boxes on editing screens.
Plugins for Creating Custom Content Without Code
These plugins let you add custom content without having to write code in functions or template files. The content types they’ll let you create will be one or more of custom post types, custom taxonomies, custom fields, and shortcodes.
In some cases these plugins are aimed at developers to create content types that non-coders can then use to add content to, meaning that the developer can add template tags to theme files so that the custom content is displayed. But the best plugins of this type will also let you create and display custom content without having to write code, even if the options offered via this route aren’t as flexible.
Plugins for Organizing and Managing Your Content
Without good systems to organize and manage a growing pile of information, even the world’s best content management system can become unwieldy. Some plugins are designed specifically to help site administrators manage things more efficiently and
This article was written by Rachel McCollin and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.