WP Help is a great plugin that allows you to add help documents directly into a clients or friends WordPress dashboard. I’m talking about stuff you might create or add to help someone. I am not talking about copying someone else’s documents and using them as your own.
I use this plugin for my WordPress online classes. There are some limitations, but I will get to those in a minute.
Once you have searched for the plugin and installed and activated it, you will find ? Publishing Help in your dashboard menu.
Once you click on it, you will start with a blank list and three options. Settings. Manage. Add New.
By clicking on the settings you get a window like this. You have a few options for choosing where the menu is located. The Sync Source, this is what you will give others so they can pull in your docs. And the Sync Pull is where they will put in what you have sent them.
You will get started by adding new documents. It’s really quite simple, no different than adding a post or page.
Once you have added your documents, you can go back and edit by simply click on the manage button.
Once you have created a document or several documents, they now show up in the menu. And as you can see, to order them you can just drag and drop.
Now if I was to tell you to install the plugin on your site. Sent you my Sync Source and had you paste it into your Sync Pull setting, you would now have access to all of my help documents. From this screen shot you can see that by clicking on A Walk Through of Your First To-Do Steps, the help document appears to the right and is available for easy access in your dashboard.
The beauty of this plugin is that if I update the documents on my end, the list you have in your dashboard will sync with the new version and you will have the latest updates as well. You can also create hierarchical documents as well.
How am I using this? With all my online classes over on BobWPonline, each lesson has what I call keypoints. This basically is a recap of the video lessons with key content pulled out and added as text and screenshots. This helps students to remember what they learned without having to watch the entire video lesson again. The keypoints is what I’m giving my students using this plugin.
Two challenges I had.
1. You can have only one set of help docs. In other words, I have several online classes that have specific lessons. And people who are taking my classes need to have access to specific docs. There is not an option to do that so instead I have created separate sites and WP installs for each class.
2. As long as they have your Sync Source and keep the plugin installed, they have access to the docs. So it was a simple solution for me. A benefit of taking one of my classes is you can have indefinite access to these docs, even when they are updated.
So if you find the need to create your own help docs, or maybe you want to give your clients some resources via the dashboard, check this plugin out. Or there might be some other creative use you will find it for.