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How to Get a Siri Like Butler in Your WordPress Dashboard

WordPress has a very clean admin interface. There is a neat sidebar with menu item for each section of your site, e.g. posts, pages, comments, media, etc. However, you might want to try some shortcuts to do things more quickly. We discussed keybord shortcuts in WordPress a long time ago, unfortunately these keyboard shortcuts don’t work in all browsers. How nice would it be if you could just instruct WordPress like iPhone’s Siri? Actually you can do something very similar. In this article we will show you how to get a Siri like Butler in your WordPress Dashboard.

First, install and activate the WP Butler plugin. Once you have activated the plugin, press ALT + Shift + B on your keyboard and a nice little text box would appear asking What would you like to do?

WP Butler Text Prompt

Now if you want to write a post, type post in the text box. You will notice that as soon as you start typing the Butler starts looking for results. As soon as it finds a match, the butler will show you a drop down list of actions like this:

WP Butler showing actions matching  your text

Select the action and press Enter. The Butler will take you to the page you have selected. Try typing some other actions, like comments, themes, install:

WP Butler comments action

WP Butler install action

You can also use butler to quickly search posts on your site. Type search keyword in the text box and it will show you a list of posts matching your keyword.

WP Butler search posts

We hope that this Siri like Butler for WordPress will help you save time while working on your site. Let us know what other shortcuts you use to work more efficiently on your WordPress sites?

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  1. This approach likes good to me. For instance it is implemented on desktop, like in Ubuntu and Macs, and I use it all the time. I hope it works with custom stuff, guess I have to try this plug-in in the near future.

  2. It seems like a long way around. I can simply throw my mouse to the left to access posts, then click. 1 move, 1 click. If I had to type it in, it would be 5 key depressions for “posts” and then 1 click to select it.
    I am not sure how this is quicker, but I can see that many people would use it if they do not know where the options are within wordpress. I am sure you are like us and can navigate the menu in our sleep.

    • It’s a personal preference. Before Siri, you knew how to touch the phone icon, and dial for someone. But now people ask Siri to do that. I know I do. -Syed


    • Thanks for the feedback, David. Most things you can do with keyboard shortcuts can be done with a mouse. It’s a lot easier to make a shortcut on your desktop for an application than typing it out into Launchy or Alfred, but some people like to keep their hands on the keys, not swap to and from the mouse :)

  3. Nice idea, reminds me of launchy for Windows, but that is one ugly keystroke combination. Is the ALT + Shift + B customizable to something a more comfortable or preferred combo?

    • Hi Yosef! Thanks for the suggestion. I’m in two minds about this. I like the idea of the keyboard shortcut being ubiquitous… but then, some people might prefer to customise it.

      You’re the second person to ask for this feature, so I might create a hook that lets you change it programmatically in the next version, so those who really want to can do so.

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