The admin area is the heart of WordPress. It is where you configure your settings, customize your design, and add content. So, wordpress plugins for admin are the most useful tools for your wordpress dashboard area. Today I would like to share with you 20 amazing and free plugins that improve the WordPress admin area in some way.

There’s a lot of plugins available for WordPress and you often miss out on some of the gems, purely because there’s so many to trawl through and you might not know what you’re after until you stumble upon it. Maybe you’re interested to take a look at the following articles:

1. Easy Media Gallery

Easy Media Gallery is a wordpress plugin designed to display portfolios and various media support including gallery sets, photo gallery or image gallery, google maps and google street view, video, audio and link with very ease and elegant.

Easy Media Gallery
Easy Media Gallery

2. Visitor Maps and Who’s Online

Displays Visitor Maps with location pins, city, and country. Includes a Who’s Online Sidebar to show how many users are online. Includes a Who’s Online admin dashboard to view visitor details.

Visitor Maps and Who's Online
Visitor Maps and Who’s Online

3. AtContent Plugin

Make your posts available for reposing to other sites and increase an audience by 30% – 300% in just 3 months! Backlinks included, SEO friendly.

AtContent Plugin
AtContent Plugin

4. WYSIWYG With CKEditor

WYSIWYG 3D Visual HTML Editor & Drag And Drop Web Page Editor With CKEditor, Desktop Publisher For WordPress.

WYSIWYG With CKEditor
WYSIWYG With CKEditor

5. Shortcodes Ultimate

Shortcodes Ultimate is WordPress plugin that provides mega pack of shortcodes. This is really premium plugin that you can get absolutely for free!

Shortcodes Ultimate
Shortcodes Ultimate

6. Peter’s Collaboration E-mails

This plugin enables automatic e-mails to the relevant users during the collaboration workflow.

Peter's Collaboration E-mails
Peter’s Collaboration E-mails

7. The Welcomizer

This Ajax powered plugin allows you to quickly animate your WordPress blog using jQuery effects.

The Welcomizer
The Welcomizer

8. Column Shortcodes

Adds shortcodes to easily create columns in your posts or pages. Sometimes you just need to divide your page into different columns.

Column Shortcodes
Column Shortcodes

9. Codepress Admin Columns

Customise columns on the administration screens for post(types), pages, media, comments, links and users with an easy to use drag-and-drop interface.

Codepress Admin Columns
Codepress Admin Columns

10. Kaltura All-in-One Video Plugin

This is not just another video embed tool – it includes every functionality you might need for video and rich-media, including the ability to upload/ record/import videos and publish them directly to your post, enable video comments, centrally manage and track your video content.

Kaltura All-in-One Video Plugin
Kaltura All-in-One Video Plugin

11. Share Buttons by AddToAny

Share buttons for WordPress including AddToAny’s universal sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and many more.

Share Buttons by AddToAny
Share Buttons by AddToAny

12. HC Custom WP-Admin URL

With this plugin you can change wp-admin and wp-login.php to any of your choice, making it impossible for the hackers to access your administration login page.

HC Custom WP-Admin URL
HC Custom WP-Admin URL

13. Email Users

A plugin for WordPress which allows you to send an email to the registered blog users. Users can send personal emails to each other.

Email Users
Email Users

14. Tweet Blender

Tweet Blender is tag-aware and has support for multiple authors, lists, hashtags, and keywords all blended together.

Tweet Blender
Tweet Blender

15. NextScripts

This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to your Social Network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, FriendFeed, DreamWidth, Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), YouTube, WordPress, etc.

NextScripts
NextScripts

16. Fancy Gallery

Fancy Gallery associates linked images and galleries with the jQuery Fancybox. This Plugin has been granted the “Famous Software” Award!

Fancy Gallery
Fancy Gallery

17. InfiniteWP Client

InfiniteWP allows users to manage unlimited number of WordPress sites from their own server.

InfiniteWP Client
InfiniteWP Client

18. Admin Management Xtended

Adds AJAX-driven options to some admin management pages with CMS-known functions without having to open the edit screens.

Admin Management Xtended
Admin Management Xtended

19. Editorial Calendar

The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog.

Editorial Calendar
Editorial Calendar

20. CMS Tree Page View

Adds a CMS-like tree overview of all your pages and custom posts to WordPress – much like the view often found in a page-focused CMS.

CMS Tree Page View
CMS Tree Page View