It’s arguably the most complete admin plugin for WordPress that has been released. There is not much it can’t do. In this article I will walk you through the mean features of the plugin to give you a better understanding of what it can do for you.
The plugin home page gives you an overview of your server status, the backups you have made, clean up statistics, sitemaps and security setup.
GD Press Tools is like 10 plugins rolled into one that could be used to replace many essential maintenance plugins that you are using just now.
Building a sitemap using the plugin is very straight forward. You can choose which post types and taxonomies are added to the sitemap, the priority of each type of content and the frequency in which the sitemap should update the content.
You can notify Google, Bing, Ask and Yahoo whenever your sitemap is updated and you can build separate files for taxonomies, custom post types and archives. You can also set how often the sitemap is rebuilt.
The plugin includes some useful SEO options such as Facebook open graph integration and an option to verify your site with Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo and Bing. It is easy to blog search engine robots from certain areas of your site in this section too. For example, you can block search engines from indexing your login and admin areas.
The security tools that GD Press Tools provide are excellent. The overview displays a list of recommended and optional changes that will help you make your WordPress website more secure (such as changing the admin username from admin). Making a necessary change is incredibly easy; all you have to do is click to activate the change and the plugin will take you to a page where you can do so.
You can also get a free report from Securi Security using the plugin to check for malware and blacklisting.
I found the file manager incredibly handy. Every single file from your server can be downloaded or deleted from here, including backups that the plugin saves to your server. You can upload files here and create new directories however you cannot change the permissions of files.
Through the settings area you can switch lots of features on and off. You can set who can view the admin bar, set the number of post revisions to save, adjust user groups roles and capabilities, track views of posts and pages, activate maintenance mode and disable RSS feeds.
Other features include:
- A timesaving auto tagger that can update your posts and pages with appropriate tags.
- Database management tools.
- Cron scheduler tools.
- Database backup functionality.
- A useful pruning feature that lets you remove inactive users.
- Maintenance mode that blocks your site to visitors until you have finished modifying your site.
- Post editor meta box.
- Dashboard widget, GD Press Tools Admin Bar and Google Page Rank checker.
- And much more….
GD Press Tools has a similar pricing model to GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools plugin (which we reviewed last week). There is a limited version of the plugin available for free though the standard license retails for Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬120 (around $165). Both versions of the plugin allow you to use the plugin on an unlimited number of websites. To get 30% off the cost of any license just use the exclusive code WPMODS30. The code is valid until November 15 2011.
Without doubt, GD Press Tools is one of the most complete WordPress admin plugin I have ever used. It’s not cheap but you will find it difficult to find a plugin that offers you are many features as it does. I recommend checking it out.
If you have any questions about the plugin please let me know and I’ll do my best to address them. Also, remember to check WP Mods later today as we will be publishing details as to how you can win a copy of this amazing plugin!
Link: GD Press Tools