The admin area is where you spend most of your time when working on your website or blog. New WordPress admin bar has new CSS, options and code. Hence all old abandoned plugins doesn’t works for it anymore. Today I will be showing you some of the best free plugins for WordPress which will improve the admin area and increase productivity and your user experience.

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Admin Bar Button

Admin Bar Button is a plugin that will create a simple button to replace the default WordPress Admin Bar on the front end. When using this plugin, the full height of the page is used by your site, which is particularly handy if you have fixed headers.

Admin Bar Button
Admin Bar Button

WordPress Helpers

WordPress Helpers opens up the missing settings you wish were in WordPress. Customize your login screen logo and background color. Show ID’s on edit screens for Posts, Pages, Categories, Tags, Users, Media, Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies. Expose the hidden WordPress settings page.

WordPress Helpers
WordPress Helpers

Auto Hide Admin Bar

Auto Hide Admin Bar makes the WordPress Toolbar disappear – and reappear when hovering the mouse pointer over the top of the browser window. You end up with a clean view of your site, and keep having access to the WordPress Toolbar.

Auto Hide Admin Bar
Auto Hide Admin Bar

Disable Toolbar

This humble plugin adds an option in Settings > General that controls who sees the WP Toolbar when viewing your site. You can turn the Toolbar on or off per user role. Note that this controls the public, front-end version of your site. When viewing the dashboard, the toolbar always appears.

Disable Toolbar
Disable Toolbar

Multisite Enhancements

When you work quite a bit with WordPress Multisites, sometimes you need more information or menu items. This plugin enhance the network area for super admins with useful functions. Enables an ‘Add New’ link under the Plugins menu for Network admins. Adds several useful items to the multisite ‘Network Admin’ admin bar.

Multisite Enhancements
Multisite Enhancements

WP Basic Tricks

This plugin allow you to manage admin bar to show or hide in front end, change the post auto-save interval or disable and limit your post revisions or disable the feature. Disable post auto-save or change auto-save interval. Change limit for post revisions or disable post revision.

WP Basic Tricks
WP Basic Tricks

DD Roles

DD-Roles is an extra User settings-page to manage your roles but keeps the default roles and capabilities intact. You can add new roles and update their capabilities. You can migrate users and delete unnecessary capabilities.

DD Roles
DD Roles

Better Admin Bar

Admin bar moves your website 32px down by default, but now it doesn’t. This plugin was developed, because sometimes when you’re using absolute positions, admin bar causes problems with top positioning.

Better Admin Bar
Better Admin Bar

PRO WP ADMIN Free

The FX Digital Pro Admin WP Plugin has been designed to allow you to allow you to customize the WordPress Admin area so that it is totally client friendly. Your clients will love you, as they will be able to log in, be presented with a nice user friendly dashboard customized to suit their particular needs.

PRO WP ADMIN Free
PRO WP ADMIN Free

Global Hide Admin Toolbar

This plugin add global options to hide front end admin bar or toolbar according to logged in user roles. Hide Frontend Toolbar for logged in users according to your own roles. Settings Page with Plugin Options Control Panel. Compatible with bbPress and BuddyPress.

Global Hide Admin Toolbar
Global Hide Admin Toolbar

WP Scheduled Posts

WP Scheduled Posts is a very simple but super useful plugin. It will enable a widget in dashboard and/or in admin bar which will show all future Scheduled post. This is specially useful for multi-author blog. Even its useful for single author blog who use the built-in Schedule function of WordPress.

WP Scheduled Posts
WP Scheduled Posts

Gravity Forms Toolbar

This small and lightweight plugin just adds a lot Gravity Forms related resources to your toolbar / admin bar. Also links to all admin settings pages pages of the plugin are included, making the life of form administrators/ developers a lot easier.

Gravity Forms Toolbar
Gravity Forms Toolbar