The philosophy behind OrganizeWP stands behind the idea that content management in WordPress is broken. That may sound counter-intuitive when at the same time WordPress has proven itself to be more than capable for over a decade.
WordPress is a powerful publishing platform, but the way content is housed in the admin area can be confusing and time-consuming to navigate. OrganizeWP fixes this problem by giving you a unified outline view that let’s you visualize and access all of your public-facing content from a single screen.
When it comes to setting up a site in WordPress, the Pages dictate the underlying structure of the whole site. One of the most powerful features of WordPress is the ability to create custom content types (referred to as Custom Post Types) which act as buckets into which content can be segmented based on common traits. For example if you’re running an ecommerce shop you are likely utilizing a custom post type for your Products. That’s because Products need a unique set of data for each entry compared to Pages on your site.
Custom Post Types changed how WordPress was viewed, and made it an adaptive platform upon which any kind of website can be built. The drawback to something so general, however, is that in many cases there is a disconnect between your site structure and the various content types you’re utilizing:
This screenshot is from the WordPress Administration Area (commonly called the Admin) for a site that has a healthy mix of Pages—which define the underlying structure—combined with a number of Custom Post Types to help facilitate content segmentation and customization of that content. Also note that there are a number of one-off landing pages in the mix as well.
At first glance this feels overwhelming in many ways. You can’t tell what are landing pages nor what represents the main site structure. There are some Pages that encompass content from Custom Post Types, but it’s not clear where the Page stops and the Custom Post Type begins.
- Why is there a page called “Blog” with a label of “Posts page” but managing the Posts is in a completely different area of the Admin?
- Where do Services entries show up on the site?
- Why is there a Team page and a Team listing in the Admin Menu? What does what?
These are just a few questions that will need explaining to anyone needing to manage content on this website. It can be better:
OrganizeWP recognizes the confusion here and brings all of your content into a single page within the Admin. It can be set up to match the structure of your website, making it intuitive to edit the content (not frustrating!)
Note in particular that the links to manage Custom Post Types have been moved from the Admin Menu to a main site outline, integrated with your Pages so as to better match how the website itself has been set up. Additionally we can see that the landing pages have been given their own management area outside of the site outline so as to remove confusion for editors.
Presenting all of your site content in a single outline that respects the way your site has been set up all but removes confusion for editors in locating the content that needs to be managed. Further, the entire outline is drag-and-drop enabled, allowing you to refine how the content is displayed to make it even easier to work with!