As a developer of over twenty years, I often get very simple WordPress work requests. Let me rephrase that : I get work requests that I feel are very simple.
For the most part – much of the work I do to assist small business owners consists of training them how to use their CMS’s as much as it does actually programming new features. Here’s a nice little gem that most developers and WordPress admins overlook :
The WordPress screen options contains just what it implies : options for the screen that you are currently on. But because this feature is tucked away nice and neat in the WordPress GUI (graphical user interface) – forgetting it exists is easy. This is a handy tool that allows you to share some things with your trusted admins. (I say trusted, because if given to the wrong type of person – things will break quickly)
An example is showing Custom Fields. Most site owners and managers don’t need to know how custom fields work or operate in order to use them. Many sites I run across that have had other developers on them , often use the custom fields to further classify store items (WooCommerce) or CPT (custom post type). Giving access to these fields can often help your admins by enabling them to add or customize the fields, and at the same time build a good foundation of trust.
This is usually the first place to look when you or your clients think some fields are missing or have disparity with your views. (they don’t see what you see but have the same permissions.)
Pages and Post Columns Help
This tool comes in especially handy when you are dealing with the main posts or pages screens. Within the Screen Options setting there, you will be able to control what fields you want to be shown when viewing each type of post. (yes, a page is just a post type – but we can visit that more later)
In this case, you can see that I have some fields available to my columns that you might not have. In most cases you won’t know what fields a plugin will make available to you until you install it and check it out for yourself. This becomes really useful on these screens if you are dealing with thousands of posts/pages and you need to only see certain fields. If you were working on SEO for example, you can use the SEO Title and Focus KW that you see above (from Yoast SEO) to give you a great overview of to use in your SEM efforts.
There are also tons of tools out there that will help give you more screen options in this view. While it’s not the point of this quick lesson, I will point out that Admin Columns is a great choice to help here.