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How To Make WordPress Easy To Maintain For Your Clients – Smashing Magazine

smashingmagazine.com | Jul. 7, 2016 | 14 min read

This article has a bunch of interesting snippets for customizing the WordPress admin. Most of them involve removing elements to simplify or make it harder for a client to make mistakes. I liked, for example, adding a help 'tip' to the editor page to explain about new lines.

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Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with 'sketch')

I think this article has the wrong title. It should be called "How to keep your clients from turning their site into GeoCities."

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Omaar Osmaan

Hahaha- surprised to see such article on Smashing Magazine. While these steps sounds fine on a "Demo/WIP" project- it doesn't sounds right for a live site.

I bookmarked, and plan to follow the topic in future again to see if I get to understand it better.

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Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with 'sketch')

It seems pretty extreme. I've seen some of those suggestions before (like disabling the editors), but disabling bold, italic, and headings? How are people actually supposed to write? I don't think most of my clients are interested in learning basic HTML, nor Markdown. They're probably going to want to write it in Word and paste it in, and that works a lot better these days than it did 5 years ago.

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Intriguing Networks

Agreed totally Sally. Most clients are not the fools some of the dev community would have you believe.

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Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with 'sketch')

What we really need is some element in core that can pull in styles from the theme's stylesheet, so that the body and headings show up in the appropriate fonts, sizes, and colors. It might be harder to automate pulling in other text styles, but to be able to do that without having to create an editor-style.css file would be extremely helpful. I'm sure that the people creating the content would be less confused and less inclined to apply the wrong formatting.

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