Parents, Collect Your Children!
One of the downsides of using WordPress as a CMS (content management system) is that you end up with a ton of unorganized PAGES in your admin dashboard.
Menu systems are nice, but they only help the visitor.
Making pages a “child” (sub-page) of a page of that topic name can greatly help improve navigation (and adds that keyword to the page URL). This is done by assigning a “parent” to the child in the child’s edit page.
However, even if you set the post/pages view to display more than 20 posts, there’s a probability you’re going to run many pages deep.
I have a little microsite (product sales funnel) that is mostly pages and was suffering this issue.
Fortunately, this little site runs very few plugins so I was able to justify digging through the repository until I found…
WordPress Plugin: Admin Collapse SubPages
You can find “Admin Collapse SubPages” for free in the WordPress repository and it does exactly what it says on the jar… adding (+) and (-) expand/collapse structure to your admin view of your pages listing.
Once installed you will see a viw of http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page that looks a lot like this…
As you can see, this greatly improves the useability of the pages listing.
Clicking (+) expands the child pages (aka sub pages) and lets me see everything under it.
Clicking (-) tucks all the children up into hidden view until I need them.
If you’re using WordPress as a CMS and find that dealing with all of your pages of pages becomes overwhelming this plugin will really help with navigation.
I haven’t decided if I will add it here on my main blog, which does badly need it, as I already have about 20 plugins so adding more is not advisable.
Really handy little plugin for my little sales funnel sites! (Four stars because it’s not a must-use by any stretch of the imagination but it is stable and handy.)