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Organize your post edit screen with tabs using Tabify WordPress Plugin

A known thing is that the longer you have your WordPress site the more plugins it has installed. From time to time I make some effort to review the list of plugins installed on my WordPress sites and delete the ones I do not need very much. This sounds easier then it is, as every time I do it, all my installed plugins occur very important. Therefore the amount of plugins grows over time. One of the drawbacks of such situation is that many plugins add metaboxes to your post edit screen. As a result of such situation, the post edit screen gets really messy, making it hard to use. This also usually applies to every custom post type edit screen.
There are 2 ways to solve this issue:

Solution 1 :: WordPress Screen Options

WordPress by default offers a way to hide metaboxes. On your post edit screen scroll to very top, and in the top right corner you will notice a tab “Screen Options”. When clicked, this tab slides out, showing a list of metaboxes names with checkboxes.
WordPress Screen Options :: The Screen Options tab location

WordPress Screen Options :: The Screen Options tab location

WordPress Screen Options :: Screen Options opened

WordPress Screen Options :: Screen Options opened

Solution 2 :: Tabify Edit Screen WordPress Plugin

Tabify Edit Screen is a small and very nice plugin, that allows you to add tabs to your post edit screens. You can create your own tabs, and using drag&drop you can put every metabox in a separate tab. This is so simple and yet simplifies a lot. I have all my regular metaboxes in “Writing” tab, ale SEO related metaboxes in “SEO” tab, all other required to be filled in before publishing in “Required” tab, and if there is anything left I either switch it off as described in solution 1, or put it into “Other” tab. And it does support custom post types for which you can organize things differently. Sounds Interesting? So let us check how it works.

Step 1.

After installing and activating Tabify Edit Screen, in your admin panel go to Setings->Tabify Edit Screen. You will see the following screen.
Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Settings screen

Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Settings screen

Step 2.

Using “Create new tab” button, add as many tabs as you want. Tabs are represented as containers with a name at the top. If you would like to edit a tab name, double-click on its title. Once you create all tabs, drag and drop metaboxes into the fields representing the tabs. Finally drag and drop tags to order them as you like.
Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Edit tab name

Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Edit tab name

Tabify Edit Screen WordPress Plugin :: Finished settings

Tabify Edit Screen WordPress Plugin :: Finished settings

Step 3.

Repeat the above steps for each custom post types.

Step 4.

Now go to post edit screen to check if it works
Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Final effect

Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Final effect

Issue you may encounter

When configuring the plugin, you may face the issue I had. The plugin did not work. After installing and configuring the plugin, the tabs did not show. I spent some time to finally find a small checkbox “Show tabs in this post type”. It is in the plugin settings page at the very top of tabs list and can be easily missed.

Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Remember to check this checkbox

Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin :: Remember to check this checkbox

Conclusion

I really enjoy Tabify Screen Edit WordPress Plugin. It really helps to organize the edit screen, and therefore boost your productivity. It is easy to use and lightweight. I would recommend it to anyone having to much metaboxes. It is really much more convenient to switch tabs then turning metaboxes on and off in WordPress Screen Options.
The plugin is not ideal though. What I have found out is that in most cases you organize metaboxes in the same way for each custom post type. So setting the same over again 6 times or more is a bit annoying. I would like to see some “duplicate settings of a custom post type to other” function.
And what do you do to organize your metaboxes?

Bogusz Houszka

A PMP® certified Project Manager and a WordPress enthusiast. Always trying to get most out of it, spread the word and share knowledge. A fan of DYI, squash and baking.