Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

WordPress Cookbooks: Tips, Tricks, and Plugins

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

WordPress Cookbooks: Tips, Tricks, and Plugins

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Abstract

Chapter 3 has five parts that focus on creating successful content publishing workflows, secure sites, flexible designs, enjoyable user experiences, and a full-blown social network. Each section is presented with an overview and either a list of top-notch plugins or tips and tricks for success.

Part 1: A Better Workflow

Section 1: For Administrators

Overview

Administering a site of any size and complexity is a tough project, but as the level of content increases, varieties of user roles are created, and plugins are included to increase functionality, the responsibilities of the site administrator increase exponentially. To enable the administrator to handle such extensive duty successfully while staying as stress-free as possible, multiple plugins could be employed.

The plugins discussed below increase administrative functionality in a variety of ways. WP Maintenance Mode pulls a site down temporarily while updates are being made. The Theme and Plugin Visibility Manager plugins allow site admins to limit who has access to what theme and plugin. Role Scoper and User Role Editor allow the administrator to create, edit, and limit user roles. Finally, Admin Menu Editor helps to reorganize the administrative panels and limit (or enable) access to certain settings pages based on user roles, and Adminimize lets you target specific elements, all the way down to targeted CSS IDs and classes, of all settings screens and hide them based on particular roles. While some of the plugins may repeat certain types of tasks, it's important to note how they approach different settings and additions to the overall functionality of the system. Always test plugins and combinations of plugins to figure out which one or ones work best for your particular setup.

WP Maintenance Mode

There will be times when your site needs to go down for scheduled maintenance. Instead of having visitors see a blank white screen, using a plugin like WP Maintenance Mode makes that experience informational. WP Maintenance Mode allows you to create a styled theme for your splash page (figure 3.1), including a countdown to when the site will go back live.

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WP Maintenance Mode

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode

Theme Visibility Manager

If you're managing a WordPress Multisite installation you may find yourself with multiple themes installed, especially if you're allowing any user to create a blog, as might be the case for a community site. On the same installation you might be hosting the central library website. In such a situation, you wouldn't want a community site to have access to your library's theme.

Theme Visibility Manager will limit what themes are accessible by default and what themes aren't.

Theme Visibility Manager

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-visibility-manager

Plugin Visibility Manager

Much like Theme Visibility Manager, Plugin Visibility Manager limits who has access to what plugins. Site administrators need to pay special attention to the kind of access non-system administrators have to plugins, as some have amazing settings that will transform WordPress installations. Unwanted access and accidental settings changes could drastically affect how a site works.

Plugin Visibility Manager

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-visibilitymanager

Role Scoper

A highly popular program among WordPress administrators, Role Scoper enhances access to the inherent roles and capabilities built into the software by allowing administrators to change permissions on granular levels. Role Scoper also supports custom post types and taxonomies.

Role Scoper

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/role-scoper

User Role Editor

Like a pared-down Role Scoper, User Role Editor provides a quick and simple interface for adding roles and editing built-in roles. …

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