White Label CMS 1.5
If you’re a web developer building websites for clients using WordPress, you probably spend a bit of time explaining all the references to WordPress in their new dashboard. The login URL (wp-login.php), the login screen, the dashboard and all the admin menu items can be confusing. The White Label CMS plugin allows you to customise the entire client experience including the login URL, login screen, dashboard and admin menus.
Quick Overview of the White Label CMS Plugin
New In White Label CMS 1.5
You asked for it, so we’ve added a new import/export feature to the White Label CMS plugin. This allows you to setup White Label CMS even faster, and if you have a preferred setup, replicating it is now possible with just a couple of clicks. To learn more about this feature click here.
We have also added a RSS widget which you can add to the dashboard. Once you hand over a site to the clients, your relationship with the client should not end there. If you put your own business feed into your clients dashboard, your client can easily keep in contact with what your up to. Just ran a successful SEO campaign for one of your clients? Now all your clients will know about it! This is accessible through the dashboards panel. Read more about this feature here.
Version 1.4 includes lots of new changes designed specifically for the new admin interface in WordPress 3.4. They are as follows:
- The ability to add your logo to the dashboard
- Add more than one welcome dashboard
- Add custom CSS to the login page
- It now supports child themes (or most requested feature)
- And much much more
Watch this short video to get started using the import/export feature in the new version of the White Label CMS plugin.
To import the settings from another installation of White Label CMS simply click the import button and upload the setting file.
If you want to export the current settings you have 3 possible options and they all relate to the images that you are currently using in the plugin on the site.
Yes: Selecting this option will export all the images you have added from external sites, the filename of any images you have uploaded yourself to the theme/images folder, and the path to the images you uploaded using the media uploader. This means that when you import the settings to a new domain, any images that were uploaded using the media uploader, will point to the original domain. E.G. If you uploaded images using the media uploader and the domain name is http://abc-widgets.com, when you import your settings to your new site at http://abc-news.com, the image paths will still point to http://abc-widgets.com. It is unlikely that you will want this, which is why it is not the default option.
No: This will not include any images uploaded in the media uploader, but will include any external images, and the filename of any images you have uploaded to the theme/images folder. This is probably the option you are going to use the most often which is why it is the default setting.
Partial: Any images that where uploaded using the media uploader will now have the old domain name replaced by the domain of the new installation. External images and the filename of any images you have uploaded to the theme/images folder remain unchanged.
It’s actually quite simple. Watch the video for clarity.
Watch this video to learn how to setup an RSS dashboard panel in your clients dashboard. This is a great way to stay top of mind with your clients every time they login.
The Dashboard Logo
The first thing you will notice in version 3.4 of WordPress is the new admin bar/ This really reduces the branding opportunities for web developers who want to hand over sites to their clients which are branded for their clients. We thought about this a lot, and decided the best option was allow users to change the dashboard logo and text, so they can brand it with their clients logos.
You can also change the 16 pixel logo in the admin bar for your own version, but lets face it, how many of your clients have a logo that looks good at 16 pixels?
The branding on your dashboard might not seem like much, but we think it will make a big difference to how your clients view their CMS. If you disagree, then you don’t have to use it. This options is turned off by default.
There Is More
We developed this plugin to have these vital features which every professional WordPress developer needs:
- Choose what menus appear using 3 CMS profiles: Website, Blog or Custom
- The ability to remove navigation menus for user roles of editors and below (perfect for clients!)
- The ability to make widgets and menus available to editors
- The ability to remove all panels from the dashboard
- The ability to add your own ‘welcome’ panel to the dashboard
- The ability to customize the head and footer logos
- The ability to customize the login logo (and we have removed the WordPress alt text)
- The ability to hide the nag update
- This has been tested on WordPress multi sites
- Use /login instead of /wp-login.php (must use permalinks in order for this to work)
No longer will you have to tell your clients to ignore the dashboard!
The current release is version 1.5 This version works in WordPress 3.3 and above.
Please note that if you grant the editor privliages in order to view the widgets and menu page, it is possible in theory that if the editor types in the correct url to switch themes, they will be able to do so. We have removed all links to switch themes for the editor, however we want you to be aware that this is possible, however remotely.
You can download it from the White Label CMS WordPress Plugin Page
This plugin was inspired through both our own experiences/needs and these great articles: Cats who code, Smashing Magazine, Net Tutsplus, Craig Buckler and by our own hard working developers here at Video User Manuals.
What Would You Like To See In The Next Version?
We would love to hear how you are using the plugin, so please leave your comments below!