Supercharged WordPress Admin Dashboard for MyListing Websites With Admin 2020
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Our Supercharged WordPress Admin Dashboard for MyListing Websites With Admin 2020 guide will show you to configure this solution to enhance the performance and functionality of the otherwise stale dashboards you’re accustomed to.
This plugin has a ton of options and while we’ll be touching on most of them, there is so much more than Admin 2020 offers.
One of the first things people may think is they don’t need to add yet another plugin to their website and as performance-minded folks, we totally get that.
Admin 2020 may actually help you eliminate plugins (ex. Menu Role Permission) or complicated code snippets that you’re currently using, depending on the website.
Will This Affect Site Speed?
Admin 2020 doesn’t load on the front end so it doesn’t affect performance at all.
As for the back end of your website, Admin 2020 is modular (i.e. options can be turned off when you don’t need them), and even with every possible option turned on, you will not notice a performance hit.
- Install and activate the Admin 2020 plugin.
- Enter your license key and click the ‘Activate’ button.
At this point, you will be presented with a WordPress Admin Dashboard that’s looks completely different, with a cleaner look and additional functionality.
The default theme is ‘Light Mode’, which you can easily change, as outlined in the next section of this guide.
While the new dashboard look is great out of the box, some may be drawn to the ‘Dark Mode’ feature.
Note: In ‘Dark Mode’ you may notice some areas are not perfect as far as having the “darkness” applied, but the good news is everything can have CSS thrown at it so that it looks consistent. We are working with the Admin 2020 team to further enhance Dark Mode as it specifically relates to MyListing websites and they have been kind enough to provide some CSS.
To turn that feature on we perform the following steps.
- Click on the avatar in the upper-right portion of the dashboard.
- Click on ‘Preferences’.
- Toggle on ‘Dark Mode’.
Admin 2020 Theme
Whichever mode (Light or Dark) you choose can be further customized to match your branding, accessibility needs, etc.
Since we will be ‘Dark Mode’ for the purposes of this guide, here’s how to change the background and accent color.
- Settings > Admin 2020 (Note: You can also use the search feature of Admin 2020 to quickly find any setting you’d like to change.).
- Theme > Dark.
- Using the color selector button, choose the desired background and accent color. (Note: Here, we have chosen to leave the background as is and apply an accent color that matches that branding of Starter Site 3.).
As we see in the screenshot below, our new accent color that was applied using the ‘Primary Color’ option, is applied to the Save button.
This same accent color will be applied all throughout the WordPress Dashboard and anyone that is familiar with MyListing’s accent color option, this is the same concept.
You can easily connect your dashboard to your Google Analytics account, so you have a convenient way to view your stats without leaving your website.
- Settings > Admin 2020 > Analytics.
- Analytics Account > Click the ‘Sign in with Google’ button.
- Run through the screens to allow Admin 2020 to pull down your Google Analytics data to your dashboard.
Note: After you complete these steps, the Analytics settings tab won’t really give you a visual indication that you are successfully connected to Google Analytics, but if you pull up the cards section of Admin 2020, you should see your stats populated.
Admin 2020 provides a super-easy way to see your analytics for a particular day or day range.
Enhanced Content Library
All content can be accessed from a centralized location (WordPress Dashboard > Content) and once in the library, some powerful options open up to you.
- Elementor Templates
Organize and speed up your workflow by grouping content, using simple drag-and-drop.
Search and find content without refreshing your screen.
Filter content based on the month, year, or specific users.
This is a great feature that replaces other plugins like ‘Media Library Assistant’, with a number of built-in ways to batch rename files with ease.
- Original Filename
- Text Entry
- Date Uploaded
- Original Alt Text
- File Extension
- Sequence Number
- Meta Value
As an example, let’s say we have a handful of images that were uploaded for a particular Listing we want to rename them in one shot, using the ‘Text Entry’ option.
- From the Content Library, use the ‘Media’ tab to locate the images to renamed using the search option, filtering option, or just manually locating them.
- Select the images by clicking on each one.
- Click the ‘Batch Rename’ button.
- Choose the ‘Text’ option.
- Click the ‘Add’ button.
- Enter the text to reflect the newly-desired file n
- Click the ‘Rename’ button
Full-Featured Image Editor
The full-featured editor includes powerful image manipulation, filters, free draw, icons/shapes, text, and various mask filters.
To edit an image with Admin 2020, locate the image by going to Content > Media and start the editing process by clicking on the ‘View Details’ link for that image.
Once the image details are pulled up, click the ‘Edit’ button, to invoke the editor.
In the screenshot below, we can see just how powerful this image editor is, and it will make you wonder why this was never included in WordPress core.
By including the functionality, Admin 2020 allows you to streamline your workflow and save money by not having to use 3rd party tools outside of your website.
Advanced Menu Editor
Admin 2020 allows you to do some pretty awesome things with the WordPress Dashboard menu.
Settings > Menu Editor (Admin 2020)
- Rearrange Menu Items (ex. Group menu items together that make more sense to you, move less-used menu items towards the bottom, etc.)
- Rename Menu Items (ex. ‘Listings’ > ‘Ads’).
- Restrict Menu Item Access (ex. Prevent authors from accessing the WordPress Users menu item.)
- Change Menu Item Links (ex. Change the WooCommerce ‘Marketing’ menu item to link to somewhere useful.)
- Set Custom Menu Item Icons
WordPress Admin Login
Some website owners use a plugin to customize the admin login screen of their WordPress website, and Admin 2020 includes this functionality.
Note: This only applies to those logging into the backend, so there is no worry of this showing up for your MyListing users.
While there are more options, here are the steps we took to add a logo and urn on dark mode to match our dashboard theme.
- Settings > Admin 2020 > Login.
- Dark Mode > Toggle on. (Note: You can also use the search feature of Admin 2020 to quickly find any setting you’d like to change.).
- Settings > Admin 2020 > Admin Bar.
- Admin Logo > Dark > Click the ‘Set Dark Logo’ button. (Note: While this setting is being done in a different module, it applies to both the login screen and the admin bar.).
Note: If you are not going to use this feature, we recommend turning it off under Settings > Admin 2020 > Modules > Login.
Admin 2020 provides four tabs (All, General, Analytics, and WooCommerce) so you can quickly toggle between the views you need.
Under these tabs, you will find various cards that provide insight into your website, which can be disabled, rearranged, etc.
Also, if you disable a module altogether, like ‘Analytics’ for example, the tabs and cards related to ‘Analytics’ will be hidden automatically.
As we continue to see, this plugin is really flexible and allows you to only see what you want to see.
As we briefly mentioned above, Admin 2020 has a great search feature built in to help you quickly find settings in the dashboard.
For example, if you enter ‘listing’, you can see all of the items with the word ‘listing’ available to edit in the dashboard and then quickly get to them.
Note: If you are not going to use this feature, we recommend turning it off under Settings > Admin 2020 > Admin Bar > Disable Search.
When you need to view additional options like exposing the slug, setting how many items to display on the dashboard at a time, etc., you can easily toggle on/off ‘Show Screen Options’.
Role and User-based Permissions
Just about every module (i.e. feature) in Admin 2020 can be locked down based on a user’s role or based on a specific user account.
This can be very useful if you have multiple people contributing to your website that don’t necessarily need to see certain parts of your dashboard or the ability to change things.
By default, WordPress stacks notifications on top of each other in the dashboard, and this can be a bit alarming (or annoying) depending on who’s logging in.
Website admins may not mind the way notifications are by default but think about times when non-techie business owners log in to view their analytics, for example.
Admin 2020 moves all of the WordPress notifications to an off-canvas sidebar, while also displaying a small notification bubble to get your attention.
Note: There is currently a bug that we’ve identified, where some, but not all notifications are going to the off-canvas sidebar. We have alerted the Admin 2020 team and they have the fix ready for the next release.
Once you have everything where you like it, you can export your entire configuration and import it into another website where Admin 2020 is installed.
- Settings > Admin 2020.
- Click the ‘Export” button in the upper right of the dashboard.
Once you dive into Admin 2020 you’ll see how powerful and flexible it is, and looking to the public roadmap/feedback areas we can see they are listening to customers.
From our personal experience with the Admin 2020 team, they are very talented and responsive, so be sure to let them know how they can make your MyListing website management better in terms of the WordPress Admin Dashboard.