I have spent the last day using the functions.php file to fully customize WordPress for my client sites. I am amazed at how much I have been able to accomplish and how much easier it will make things for my clients.
I have just a couple of things remaining that hopefully someone can help me with. My hope is to not use plugins if needed.
1) I would like the dashboard to be one column by default. This is only for the main dashboard page. I know it can be changed under screen options but if the client adds new users it will not default that way.
2) I have removed certain menu items for users that are not logged in as an admin. What I am hoping (and from what I have read know it can be done) is to find a way to rename some of the menu items (left sidebar in the admin area). For instance change Posts to Articles.
3) I would like to move the placement of some of the menu items. For instance I would like to make Menus (under appearances) be shown as a main button. Could I remove the appearances tab all together for these users like I have done already and then create new tabs that links to that page (ex. /wp-admin/nav-menus.php).
If anyone can supply the code for the functions.php file or point me in the direction I would greatly appreciate it!
After I figure this out all I have left is to start adding my own meta boxes to certain areas. Thanks for the great help found in this community.