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Zen Dash – Version 1.5 released

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I’ve just released an update to my Zen Dash plugin. Besides adding funky zen-bamboo artwork to the WordPress.org page, I’ve made the following minor amendments:

  • the option to hide the Jetpack menu now only shows up when Jetpack is activated, otherwise it’s hidden
  • I’ve verified compatibility with the immanent release of WordPress 4.4
  • added funky zen-artwork (see above, courtesy of GraphicStock)

I’ve you’re one of the 70+ active lucky users, you can upgrade the plugin from within WordPress as usual, or you can download a copy from GitHub or the WordPress.org plugin repository:

  • https://github.com/versluis/Zen-Dash
  • https://wordpress.org/plugins/zen-dash/

Questions, suggestions, translations and pull requests are always welcome!

What is Zen Dash again?

Zen Dash is a magical plugin that lets you get rid of the myriad of options in the WordPress admin area. I’ve created it because sometimes less is indeed more, and new users can get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of menu items, dashboard widgets and upgrade notifications.

While it is possible to let casual users have privileges less than administrators (and therefore see less items), I found this ineffective. With Zen Dash you simply flick a switch and make things disappear that you don’t want to see everyday. You can just as easily bring them back if you need them.

You can read more about Zen Dash in my release post, which even includes a video on how to use the plugin.

How to use ZEN DASH for WordPress

I’ve just released Version 1.3 of ZEN DASH and thought a quick video demonstration is in order – and here it is:

In this podcast I will show you how to use ZEN DASH for WordPress and explain how you can easily hide menu options, dashboard widgets, admin footer links and suppress Update Notifications (for WordPress core, plugins and themes).

This plugin comes in handy if you’d like to hide functionality before giving the site over to a client. For example, you may not want your client to have access to plugins so he can accidentally deactivate a shopping cart and break the site.

You can download Zen Dash

  • from the WordPress repository http://wordpress.org/plugins/zen-dash/
  • or from GitHub: https://github.com/versluis/Zen-Dash

Here’s my release post for Zen Dash with more info:

  • https://wpguru.co.uk/2013/09/introducing-zen-dash/
Catch this episode on my WP Guru Podcast:

Introducing Zen Dash

zen-treeIt is my pleasure to share with you my latest WordPress Plugin: Zen Dash. It allows you to selectively hide those Dashboard Widgets, Menu Items, Update Notifications and even Footer Links.

Inspired by Joseph Lowery and my recent post about how to do this in code, I wanted to create the same functionality without users having to use code.

After a few days of coding I really got into it and added several other features, including some nice jQuery UI tabs.

Continue reading Introducing Zen Dash