I regularly take notes for the websites I run. Over the last few years I have used the excellent Google Docs service to note down any good articles, plugins and themes that I have come across. I also use it as a place to note ideas and research future articles.
Lately I have been trying to make myself more productive and centralise everything through my websites. For example, I check my Feedburner stats through my admin area using Feed Stats for WordPress and check my traffic there too with using the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin. Therefore I looked into what plugins are available for taking notes directly in your WordPress area.
Below you will find a list of the best note plugins I have found. Some plugins only allow notes to be viewed by admin whilst others allow staff members to view notes too. My peronal favourite is Dashboard Notepad. It allows you to add notes to your dashboard very easily and you can set which usergroups can edit the notes and which can view them.
Dedicated Note Pages
These plugins create a dedicated page in your admin area where you can add notes and edit them when necessary.
1. Sticky Note
Sticky Note adds a simple page that allows you to leave notes for yourself. The page is linked from the settings area in WordPress. I tested the plugin in my test area and it didn’t work because my test area is installed in a sub folder (e.g. www.site.com/subfolder/). The plugin works fine if your WordPress installation is in the root of your domain.
Sticky Note: Info & Download
Similar to Sticky Note, Kahi’s WP Notes adds a page to your admin area in which you can add extensive notes. A useful plugin if you want to write more than just a few sentences.
Kahi’s WP Notes: Information & Download
3. Admin Notes
Places a notes page in the tools area of your website.
Admin Notes: Information & Download
Dashboard Note Widgets
Plugins that add a note widget directly to the WordPress dashboard area.
Adds a configurable widget to your dashboard in which you can add notes. OK for those who just want something basic though be aware that the text will be erased when the plugin is upgraded.
Dashboard Post-it: Information & Download
A plugin that is almost identical to the Dashboard Post-it plugin.
ZigDashNote: Information & Download
The plugin that I am currently using on WP Mods. Like other plugins, a widget is added to your dashboard area, however Dashboard Notepad also allows you to set which user group can edit notes and which user groups can view them.
Dashboard Notepad: Information & Download
Peter’s Post Notes is an interesting plugin that website owners with a lot of staff will find useful. Firstly, the plugin gives you the ability for authors to leave a note in the sidebar next to the post editor. The note is then displayed prominently to everyone who edits that post.
Notes that authors have left are also displayed in the dashboard area under ‘Collaboration Notes’. There is also a general notes widget an option to make notes private.
Peter’s Post Notes: Information & Download
Allows you to add up to three different note plugins to your dashboard. Each notepad can be configured to only be edited or shown by certain user groups.
Dashboard Notepads: Information & Download
Leave Short Messages For Other Admin
The following two plugins allow you to leave short messages for fellow administrators.
Adds a short message to the top of the admin area that all administrators can see. You can make the text linkable too so you could always place a permanent link to another area that displays more information.
Admin Header Note: Information & Download
A peculiar plugin that allows you to post secret notes to other admin in posts and pages. By using the short code [adminnote]text here[/adminnote] you can add your secret message to any article.
The message is shown in red to draw attention to other admins. Would be useful if many people were modifying the same article.
In Context Admin Notes: Information & Download
What’s your favourite plugin for adding notes to WordPress?