If you build client sites for a living, you should always be on the lookout for tools to help you create a better experience for your clients. Sure – delivering a great-looking site is important, but you also want to make it easy for your clients to use that site going forward.
Or, if you work on a lot of WordPress sites, you might be interested in a way to make your experience better, too!
In our WP Swift Control review, we’ll be looking at a tool to help your clients, or just you or logged-in users at your site, have a better experience.
In a nutshell, WP Swift Control lets you add a sticky front-end menu that lets logged-in users access key areas of the WordPress dashboard. Here’s an example of what it looks like…
It starts as a compressed gear icon. Then, when visitors click to expand it, they can see a customizable list of dashboard options:
You can think of it kind of like a more user-friendly version of the WordPress toolbar.
In this post, we’ll share a little bit more about what you can do with both the free and premium versions of this plugin. Then, we’ll take you hands-on and show you how it works.
WP Swift Control Review: The Feature List
WP Swift Control comes in both a free version at WordPress.org and a premium version with additional functionality.
With the free version, you can add the following selection of widgets to the control panel:
- Edit [post] or [page] or [post type] (depending on the post type a person is looking at)
- Open WordPress Customizer
- Create new post or page
- Access themes list
- Access plugins list
For each item, you can:
- Change the text
- Choose whether or not to open the page in a new tab
- Choose the icon from FontAwesome
You also get a few color choices for things like the background, accent, icon color, etc, as well as an option to remove the native WordPress toolbar.
So that’s all available for free…
Then, if you upgrade to the Pro version, you get new features like:
- Custom widgets/controls – take people to any internal or external link.
- Page builder support – automatically detects if a piece of content was created using a page builder and will launch the interface when you click to edit. Works with Elementor, Brizy, Divi, or Beaver Builder.
- Custom post types – automatically creates a widget for you to add any publicly available post type. It adds an „Add Post-Type“ widget for each post type that’s available. Let’s say you have a post type registered that’s called
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.