Most of the WordPress users tend to create meta boxes to add custom piece of data to the pages or posts. A meta (or write) box is added to the post editor screen that allows users to choose and enter any information besides the main content. And so, meta boxes proves to be very useful as it allows you to add a lot of things other than the main post content, like a category, tags and so much more. But you might encounter a problem after creating meta boxes for your post.
The problem is: with too many meta boxes present on your post editor screen, you might find it difficult to concentrate on the task you want to complete. Put it simply, lot of meta boxes can make the screen crowded and distracting. In addition, after installing other plugins to the screen, like one for search engine optimization, another one for increasing your website speed and any other plugin makes the post editor screen to look even more cluttered. But this makes it difficult for the WordPress beginners to locate a particular meta box.
Most probably, you’ll think about hiding the meta boxes from the post editor screen. But that isn’t an ideal solution if you still want to use those meta boxes.
So, what’s the solution?
Fortunately, there’s a free plugin named – Tabify Edit Screen – that helps to streamline your WordPress post editor screen. This plugin enables tabs for the post types and meta boxes are placed under the tabs, so as to make the post editor screen less distracting for WordPress users.
In this post we’ll explore key aspects about the “Tabify Edit Screen” plugin and how it helps in making the editor screen easy to understand and navigate.
Make Your Post Meta Boxes Less Messy With Tabify Edit Screen
Tabify Edit Screen is a WordPress plugin that helps in managing your post editor screen by creating tabs, making the editor screen easier to navigate. Using the tabs you can separate the different post meta-boxes present on your WordPress site.
Once you’ve installed Tabify plugin on your website (as shown in the screen above), you can create a set of tabs for the post editor screen for each of type of post displayed on your site. The best part about this plugin is that it is compatible with meta boxes (that are added to the WP powered site) by other plugins, such as the JM Twitter Cards plugin and others. Once those plugins are installed and activated, you can access their functionality via Tabify’s settings – that is present on the left-hand navigation menu of your WordPress site dashboard.
How to Create Tabs Using Tabify Edit Screen Plugin?
Once the Tabify edit screen plugin is activated, you can enable tabs in the post editor screen for varied post types. And each of those post types will have their own set of tabs. And so, each post type will be having multiple tabs (as needed). You can assign name to the individual tabs, prior to moving the tabs to their right position.
Once you’ve selected the option to display tabs for a particular post type, simply hit the “Create a new tab” button to get started.
Note: Make sure to assign a meaningful name to your tabs, as it will enable your website contributors to easily identify the meta boxes displayed under a tab.
Organizing the Meta Boxes
After creating a new tab, you can “drag and drop” your post meta boxes upon that particular tab area. This will result in reorganizing the editor screen, and will make your WordPress site free from clutter.
After completing this step, if you want to preview the changes you’ve made so far, just save the changes, and then click on the “Add New Post page”. Look at the screen shot as given below to view the tabs arrangement.
While switching from one tab to the other, you will see that the “Post Title” and “Publish meta boxes” will be displayed under a particular tab. This will make you and the users to view your post status and its title easily.
In case, you want to edit the configuration, you can move back to the Tabify edit screen plugin option and make the required modifications. Activating any additional meta boxes using the installed plugins will automatically add those meta boxes, to the last tab in post editor. You can move the additional meta boxes under suitable tabs, by returning to the settings page and making the desired changes.
During a fresh WordPress installation, often the post editor screen might look like difficult to navigate and confusing – because of too many meta boxes displayed on the screen along with the main post content. As a result, often when looking for meta boxes make us scroll the page up and down, which can be a lot time-consuming and frustrating for your and your site contributors.
So, if you want to organize your post editor screen, then Tabify Edit Screen plugin is the right choice for you. But, the tabify plugin helps to organize your meta boxes under tabs, making it easy for you to locate a meta box in no time.
In fact, the tabify plugin allows to apply the same tab configuration to all the post types, saving you from the hassle of creating a tab for each post type individually.
About the Author: Amy is a WordPress developer by profession and works for WordPrax Ltd. In case, you have made up your mind on developing WordPress theme it is better to hire professional WordPress expert – if coding is not your thing. Blogging meanwhile is a new found hobby for Amy.