Assistant – Every Day Productivity Apps

Description

Assistant is a new way to work with WordPress. It’s an every day productivity tool that lets you navigate your WordPress site and handle quick tasks without needing to go to the WordPress Admin area. For example, you can quickly find a page or post and update its title or slug. You can upload media and navigate to attachment pages.

Note – This is an early preview release. A full 1.0 release of Assistant will be coming later this year.

Assistant is an open source project from the same team that makes Beaver Builder. It’s free and being developed in public. Try it and let us know what you think!

Watch this intro video to see it in action!

Assistant Features

  • Access the Assistant UI from any frontend page (post, archive, term, etc…)
  • Get a glance of your recently edited posts and new comments on the Dashboard app.
  • Quickly find posts, pages, categories, and more with the content app.
  • Upload media to WordPress media library by dropping files on the Media app.
  • The Notifications app shows your comments as well as available plugin and theme updates.
  • Access your user profile.

You can also try Assistant on a demo site here.

Screenshots

  • Assistant is a collection of productivity tools that you can access from any page on your site.

  • Content - The Content app can help you find posts and pages and quickly navigate to them.

  • Media - The Media app gives you a quick glance at what's in your media library. Drop items on the app to upload.

  • Media - Clicking on any media item will show you details about that item.

  • Notifications - The Notifications app gives you quick access to comments and plugin and theme updates.

  • Notifications - Navigate to an update item to update themes and plugins.

  • People - Quickly view your user profile.

Installation

  1. Install Assistant via the WordPress plugin directory or by uploading the files to your server at wp-content/plugins.

  2. After activating Assistant on the Plugins screen, navigate to the front end of your website.

  3. Assistant will be open. You can dismiss it using the x icon in the top right corner.

  4. A small pencil icon will appear in the bottom right corner. Clicking it will show Assistant.

  5. Use the icons across the top of the panel to navigate between the different apps.

FAQ

Is Assistant Free?

Yes! All of the core Assistant features are free and will remain so.

Does Assistant require Beaver Builder to work?

No, Assistant is a standalone plugin and can be used with any WordPress installation on its own.

Does Assistant provide a public API for developers to create new apps?

While we do not currently offer a developer API, that is on our roadmap for the 1.0 release. We’ll be sharing more details about that as we get closer to that milestone.

Reviews

March 13, 2019
This is a brilliant idea. I have tried other productivity tools to navigate WordPress, but nothing that feels this easy and fun to use. Like all the best things it seems so obvious when you see it! This is an early release so you probably have already thought of this, but I can imagine situations where I may wish to turn it off for some users, but still want to use it myself.
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Contributors & Developers

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Change log

0.2.2 (2019-04-16)

  • Fix “Show Dashboard App” button not working
  • Edit actions on dashboard now open in same tab

0.2.1 (2019-04-15)

  • Dramatically reduce js bundle size
  • Style Hardening
  • Improve Error Handling
  • Fix date archives showing “Untitled” in Dashboard app
  • Fix first time experience for Dashboard app
  • Fix user list for multisite admins

0.2.0 (2019-04-12)

  • Overall design iteration
  • Added ability to stub new posts, pages, categories and tags.
  • Added Update detail screen.

0.1.0

  • Initial Public Build