I am looking to create a plugin to appear on the right-hand (main) pane in edit mode. This is replace the page with Preview | Edit | etc tabs rather than adding another tab. This 'page' would driven from a links in a plug-in tab in the left-hand pane. The overall objective is to provide a user, with only edit rights, with a custom set of functionality normally available in admin mode, e.g. user management.
Is this possible? If so, any guidance or pointers to existing articles would be much appreciated.
Alternatively, is there a way that the functions available in admin mode be drastically (virtually all) reduced - either removed or hidden - for specific user roles? That may help me to achieve the same goal.
Then I don't know how much of the admin functionality that can easily be exposed this way. You can try to open up parts of the web.config admin location to the editors, but you might want to create your own limited versions. Have you considered building gadgets for online center for these tasks?
Many thanks Magnus. The linked pages have helped and I achieved what I am trying to do.