Slash Edit – Add “/edit” to Almost Anything

Editing a Document
License: Adobe Stock

I created the plugin Slash Edit seven years ago. The plugin is simple: add “/edit” to most items on the front-end and you’re taken to that item in the backend.

I wanted to take the opportunity to take a look back on the plugin and its use-cases. Perhaps you’ll find it valuable to your workflow.

Use-case: a shortcut to the admin when you’re not logged in

Say a client sends you a link to a post that has an issue.

You could:

  1. Visit the link
  2. Open a new tab, and log into WordPress
  3. Refresh the link
  4. Click “Edit” on the admin bar

If the admin bar is disabled, now you have some hoops to jump through.

A workflow could be:

  1. Visit the link
  2. Log into WordPress
  3. Find the item in the backend
  4. Edit the item

Another example is you’re browsing an item. You’re not logged in. You spot a typo or error. Now you have to log in, and either edit via the admin bar, or find the item in the backend to edit it.

Slash Edit aims to solve those issues with a convenient shortcut.

Slash Edit Demo
Slash Edit Demo

Use Case: Sending Client Links

Another use case is sending client links directly so that they can edit the post without jumping through the hoops mentioned in the previous use case.

For example, you can send them this link to edit a post:

https://beaverbuilder.local/wp-admin/post.php?post=9696&action=edit
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

It’s not exactly a friendly-looking URL and could confuse non-technical clients.

Instead, with Slash Edit, you can send them a URL like:

https://beaverbuilder.local/highlight-and-share/edit
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Reception

It was met with quite a positive reception at the time of release (yes, seven years ago).

Yes, that is WAY back in 2014! I’ve only released two updates since then. The plugin still works and works rather well.

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If the workflow makes sense, please give Slash Edit a try. It supports all post types and taxonomy archives.

Please leave any comments if you have any questions.

Ronald Huereca
Ronald Huereca

Ronald Huereca

Ronald has been part of the WordPress community since 2006, starting off writing and eventually diving into WordPress plugin development and writing tutorials and opinionated pieces.

No stranger to controversy and opinionated takes on tough topics, Ronald writes honestly when he covers a topic.

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Ronald Huereca
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Ronald created MediaRon in 2011 and has more than fifteen years of releasing free and paid WordPress plugins.