Have you ever wanted to make a minor tweak to your WordPress site but couldn’t figure out how to do it? Sometimes what you want to do is too simple for a dedicated plugin, but unless you’ve got some coding chops, it can be hard to make the change all by yourself.
Ultimate Tweaker solves that problem by giving you one simple admin interface to make over 200 different tweaks to your WordPress site. There’s no programming required and you can change everything from your WordPress login page to your comments section to lots, lots more.
And my favorite part is this:
You can make different tweaks based on user role. The plugin includes a user role manager to let you tweak your site depending on a user’s role (or lack thereof).
Despite the rather unfortunate double meaning behind the name (Google can help you out!), Ultimate Tweaker is a powerful plugin that offers hundreds of helpful ways to customize your WordPress site. Keep reading to dig into all of the features and get my thoughts.
Ultimate Tweaker Features – What Tweaks Can You Make?
Ok, I already told you that Ultimate Tweaker includes over 200 different tweaks. I’m not going to list all of them out. Instead, I’m going to try to pick out what I think are the most helpful tweaks. Just know that this list is nowhere near complete…
- Add a custom 404 page
- Customize pretty much every aspect of the WordPress admin (including for individual user roles)
- Automatically rename media uploads
- Minify theme code
- Clean up <head> code
- Turn off site search (if you’re using an alternative search method like Google Search)
- Exclude/include categories or tags
- Automatically open external post links in a new window (saves lots of time compared to manually making all the links you add open in a new window!)
- Disable right-click
- Various security features
- Remove “link” field from comments
- Allow anonymous comments
- Add login page logo and customize login page styling
- Add Google Analytics tracking code
- Turn off RSS feeds
- Add featured images to RSS feeds
- Add custom header or footer code
- Enable admin keyboard shortcuts
- Add maintenance mode and customize page
And that’s just the condensed version! You can make lots of additional minor tweaks as needed. Check out the plugin description for all the potential tweaks you can make.
Now, I’ll take you through the interface:
Ultimate Tweaker Interface – Dense but Intuitive
Ultimate Tweaker adds a packed admin panel to your WordPress dashboard. You can make all your tweaks from this panel.
The first thing you’ll want to do is choose the user roles you want your changes to apply to:
You can always create new user roles using the Role Manager if needed. You can also manage permissions using the same Role Manager.
Then, you can go through the sidebar tab and make your tweaks:
The devs have done a really good job with the Ultimate Tweaker admin. When I started reviewing the plugin I instantly saw two potential issues:
First, with over 200 tweaks, it would be incredibly frustrating to have to save the settings after every tweak (or lose your tweaks because you didn’t save them). To remedy this, the devs added an autosave feature:
When checked, all your changes will automatically save to avoid accidentally losing your changes.
The second problem I saw was that 200+ tweaks would just be flat out overwhelming. It would be difficult to tell how each toggle box affects your site and what exactly each tweak accomplishes.
To remedy this, the devs have added plain language descriptions to the toggle boxes so you can know exactly what each setting is doing in its different states. Here’s what I mean…
If this box is toggled off, the plugin gives you a plain language description like this:
But when turned on, it changes to this:
It’s a small thing, but it makes the interface immensely more user friendly. I’ve used a number of massive admin panels and I wish more developers would put thought into small features like this.
Overall, the admin panel is both well-designed and quick loading. I never had to wait for option menus to load and I didn’t experience any glitching when clicking toggles.
With the interface, I think Ultimate Tweaker has done a great job at making it easy for even inexperienced WordPress users to tweak their site.
Making Some Tweaks – Customizing the WordPress Login Page
To give you an example of how well the plugin functions, I decided to the customize the login page for my test site.
First, I added a logo to my login form:
Then, I switched up the color scheme a bit:
I’m not going for a beautiful design here, so no criticism of my color palette, please!
Finally, I removed the “Back to Blog” link from the login page:
Let’s see how Ultimate Tweaker renders those changes I made on the front-end. Here’s what the login page for my test site looks like now:
Ok, so I definitely didn’t create the most aesthetic page. But Ultimate Tweaker did everything it was supposed to. My new logo is there, the colors are different, and the “back to blog” link is gone.
Does Ultimate Tweaker Slow Down Your Site? No.
200+ tweaks – that’s a lot to load right? You might understandably be worried that Ultimate Tweaker will slow down your site with bloat.
Thankfully, the plugin doesn’t load code for all 200+ tweaks. It only loads the minimum files necessary for the actual tweaks you’re using. Tweaks you ignore will not add any size/requests to your site, which should eliminate any chance of unnecessary slowdown.
To double check this, I ran Ultimate Tweaker through P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) and it only added 0.0105 seconds of runtime to my test site, which I would classify as “not worth worrying about”.
Ultimate Tweaker Pricing and Support
Despite offering over 200 different tweaks, Ultimate Tweaker remains affordably priced at just $18. I think this is a good price-point – it’s not a huge investment to gain access to hundreds of helpful tweaks.
Amino Studio, the developer, also provides tutorial videos to help you use the plugin. But honestly, I think the plugin is easy to use out of the box. You should be able to jump in and start tweaking without any prior knowledge.
I thoroughly enjoyed my test run of Ultimate Tweaker.
Because of how many tweaks the plugin includes, you can probably eliminate some existing plugins on your site. For example, if you’re already using a custom login page plugin, Ultimate Tweaker will completely eliminate the need for that plugin.
Since Ultimate Tweaker is lightweight, you may even be able to improve your performance by installing the plugin.
No matter what, you’re getting 200+ tweaks for one low price. Combine that with an intuitive and user friendly admin panel, and I think Ultimate Tweaker is an excellent plugin for anyone who wants to tweak their site but doesn’t want to dig into code to do it.