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Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu: A must-have plugin for WordPress as CMS

When I install WordPress on any domain, the first thing I do is install Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu.

And any WordPress user still suffering under the default menu should do the same thing. Ozh’ Admin organizes WordPress’ default left-side vertical navigation into a horizontal navigation bar with vertical drop-down menus.

Sure, it’s a simple change. But it’s a big time and frustration saver. The plugin improves the menu by:

  1. Placing your main WordPress controls in the top 70 pixels of your browser window, giving you more real estate for posting, comment moderation, etc.
  2. Eliminating the ridiculous amount of scrolling necessary with the default vertical navigation.
  3. Putting subpages within one click instead of the two required for many functions in the default WordPress admin menu.
WordPress' admin UI with Ozh' Admin Drop Down Menu enabled.

WordPress' admin UI with Ozh' Admin Drop Down Menu enabled.

The navigation can be further simplified with the plugin by reducing each menu top item to just an icon, ditching the one-word description. The color of the menu can also be easily customized with the color picker, and good documentation makes this an easy plugin to get under the hood and refine to one’s liking.

Ozh’ Admin doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel—it just makes it a smoother ride.

All of which makes this plugin a dream for any large blog or full site WordPress administrator, who will not only save time by virtue of less scrolling, clicking and searching but also probably hear less from clients and/or other users who will have an easier time getting around their WordPress install. In fact, it’s a wonder that the WordPress team hasn’t made this superior UI the default one. Maybe in WP 4.0?!

There are plenty of WordPress admin themes out there that will do all sorts of things to the interface (and cause all sorts of problems). I like Ozh’ Admin because it doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel—it just makes it a smoother ride.

I’m not the only one who will rave about the plugin, so give Ozh’ Admin a try by downloading it from the plugin directory or get more details by visiting Ozh’s website.