At the last WordCamp I attended there was a great session all about customizing the WordPress backend to make managing a WordPress site easier. This was my favorite session from the entire three days, and we are continually using ideas I learned at the event to improve the usability of the WordPress backend for our clients.
One thing that is less than an optimal in the WordPress backend is managing your pages within the Dashboard. By default WordPress pages are sorted alphabetically, unless you control the ordering using Menu Order in the Page Attributes box within the page editor. It works, but can a be a little confusing.
Keeping the WordPress pages organized in the Dashboard using menu order is what we used to do until we discovered the WordPress plugin, Simple Page Ordering. The speaker at WordCamp Phoenix whose session I was so found of, works for the company who wrote and published this plugin.
Simple Page Ordering extends the drag and drop feature of WordPress widgets and navigation menus to the pages screen. The plugin has no settings, you just install and activate. Once activated you can now drag and drop your WordPress pages around the Dashboard to keep them organized. This feature is so simple yet effective, I hope to see this added to WordPress core in the future.
Reminder: When adding any new plugins to a site, you should always perform a complete backup and test thoroughly first.
And, for more plugin ideas and recommendations, see our ever-changing and continually updated post, Top WordPress Plugins. As we discover new plugins, we add them to this list, and Simple Page Ordering is definitely making the list.