If you use the hosted blog service at WordPress.com, you would be familiar with the admin toolbar that appears on top of your blog whenever you are logged into the service. The admin bar is a user-friendly tool that I’ve long wanted to deploy in my blog and WordPress sites I help manage.
What’s great about the admin bar is that this is only visible when your are logged into the blog. Regular users don’t see this bar. (Click on photos to view larger images)
It’s not available out-of-the-box if you install WordPress in your own web server but Easy Admin Access, a recently released WordPress plugin, allows you to put up a WordPress admin toolbar in your blogs.
The plugin, however, isn’t just a copy of the WordPress.com admin toolbar, it improves on it by providing even more links to functions you need to run and administer your blog. WordPress.com would do well to copy the plugin written by blogger Jonic Linley
The WordPress.com admin toolbar only provides links to:
2. New post: when you click on it, you are sent to the post editor
3. My account: for managing your account profile
The Easy Admin Access plugin, on the other hand, provides links to most admin functions in your WordPress blog:
2. Write: the link sends you to the blog post editor
3. Mange: the link sends you to a listing of your recent posts, where you can edit the articles. You can also choose to manage comments, links, categories etc.
4. Links: it sends you to the WordPress link management facility
5. Presentation: the link sends you to the theme manager of your blog
6. Plugins: the link leads you to a listing of the WordPress plugins in your blog
7. Users: the link opens the user management interface of WordPress
8. Options: the link to manage a lot of blog and plugin options
Updated: I forgot to post a link to the plugin, here it is.