This article will show you how to use Uncle Chuckles Underwhelm plugin to make your WordPress admin menu a calmer place to spend some time.
Underwhelm is a plugin that allows you to create multiple admin menus that you can switch between depending on what hat you’re wearing at any time.
For instance, if you’re wearing your shop manager’s hat, you can create and switch to a menu that just displays the WooCommerce menus.
Alternatively, if you’re wearing your writer’s hat, you might prefer a menu that just shows the posts, pages and media menu items.
Underwhelm lets you create as many menus as you want and does a couple of other things too. Before you commit to installing Underwhelm, you should quickly read the article on making WordPress admin less mental. That also shares suggestions for some other plugins that do similar things to Underwhelm but which you may prefer.
If you think the Underwhelm approach of multiple menus suits you best, have a look at how to use it.
How to create new menus
After installing and activating the plugin, you’ll find a new Underwhelm menuu item under Dashboard. Click that and you’ll see the Hats screen. The screenshot shows I’ve already added a menu, but yours will be be blank.
Click the Add new hat button to add a menu.
- Enter a name for the new menu – make it descriptive so you know what to expect when you use it
- Check the check boxes of the items you want to appear in this menu. I’m setting up a menu called Shop so I’ve selected all the menus related to WooCommerce
Many menus have sub-menu items. You can also choose which of these to show in your new menu.
- Click the [Submenu] link next to a menu item to dhow the sub-menu
- Turn off the check boxes of items you don’t want to appear in the sub-menu
- When you’re happy with your new menu, click the Save your hat button
Your new menu now appears on the Hats screen.
- If you want to edit the name or items of a menu, just click on it to open the edit form
- You can delete a menu at any time by clicking the X sign
You can switch between your menus by hovering the hats item in the admin bar and clicking the menu name you want to use. Click the All entry to display the complete admin menu.
Add new Custom Post Types
WordPress lets developers create new post types to help separate different types of content. Underwhelm includes some basic features to let you add new Custom Post Types.
For more advanced features, such as adding categories or tags, there are some alternative suggestions in the article on making WordPress admin less mental.
If you just want a quick and simple solution to separate content, click the Post Types menu item and then the Add new post type button.
- Enter a name for your new post type – I used Chuckles Page
- Enter the name of the post type as a plural – I used Chuckles Pages
- The Post type slug is auto generated and can’t be edited
- You can select an icon that will appear next to the post type name in the admin menu
- Click the Save your post type button to save and create the new post type
- Your new post type should appear in the admin menu – if you’re using an Underwhelm menu, you’ll need to switch to All to see it
- You can edit the name of your post type and change the icon by clicking the post type name to open the edit form
- Click the X icon to delete a post type. This cannot be undone and any posts created under this post type will be converted to normal pages, accessible under the Pages menu item. Deactivating the plugin also has the same effect
Media library quick links
Underwhelm adds one more little organizational aid.
Under the Media menu, you’ll see a few more links for Images, PDF, Video, Audio and ZIP. These are just a quick and convenient way to filter the items you’ve uploaded by file type.