One of Drupal’s weaknesses, I feel, is that out-of-the-box usability for administrators is a little poor (the Drupal team themselves would probably agree with me, however this is something that’s now being addressed in a big way). There are, however, plenty of ways to make the experience better through a set of Drupal modules which I’ll be covering in this post. However before even thinking about modules, it’s important you have a good admin theme — and there are a few good options. Rootcandy is a perennial favourite, and comes in three flavours; standard, fixed (i.e. a fixed width) and dark.