WordPress developers and implementers are a pretty lucky bunch when you think about it. You get to work on a platform that’s inherently intuitive, secure, and chock-full of features. How many people get to say that about their digital platforms?
Sometimes, though, all that “stuff” clogging up the WordPress admin can get in the way of you achieving your full potential building websites.
Let’s face it. What works for you in terms of menu options, widgets, and layout probably doesn’t work for the other guy or gal. So, while WordPress does attempt to cover the basic requirements we need for managing a website within the admin, it’s not the ideal setup for many people.
Decluttering is something I always urge in web design and development. It improves communication, enhances focus, and gives you more control over directing visitors around your site. We already know that minimalism works, so why not use some decluttering techniques to improve your own communication, focus, and direction while working within WordPress?
A minimal WordPress admin may be the exact type of spring cleaning effort you need right now to create a more streamlined workflow in 2017.
Interestingly enough, 65% of Americans believe that cluttered workspaces negatively affect their ability to think and focus. I think it’s fair enough to say the “clutter effect” can apply both to our physical and digital workspaces.
Now, whether it’s in the physical world or the digital one, minimalism is a powerful tool. When you’re trying to run a business based (mostly) out of a single platform like WordPress, giving your workspace a good cleaning can do wonders for streamlining your workflow.
Here are some of reasons why you should give your digital WordPress admin a minimal makeover:
Unsurprisingly, there is a plethora of information online about how to create a minimal physical workspace since this applies to a larger segment of the population. But what about when it comes to WordPress? Do those same tips for decluttering physical workspaces (declutter, simplify, and open up your space) also apply to WordPress?
WordPress is an intuitive platform, but sometimes there’s just too much to sift through. Do you really need to see all those widgets on the admin or tabs on the sidebar? Sure, they’re not hurting anyone, but they are distracting and often unnecessary.
When optimizing any workspace, you should aim to make it fit into your personal workflow and not the other way around. If you want to work more efficiently, create a space that works for you and not against you.
Here are some tools that will enable you to minimize your admin and better streamline your workflow within WordPress:
A minimized workspace can do good things for your overall frame of mind and ability to streamline and tackle each day’s work. Be careful not to go overboard though. Simplifying WordPress is one thing. Creating a too-sparse and uncomfortable digital workspace is another. Keep it minimal and smart, and you’ll be alright.