To say the truth, the admin interface of WordPress is pretty minimal and the recent update has added features to make writing a post as distraction-free as possible. However, some of us do love to customize things, in this case, its look and feel, to our liking, and also to hide unnecessary items from other users. WordPress, by default, doesn’t come with many options to customize the admin interface, but thanks to the following plugins, you can now customize almost every aspect of the admin interface. Let check them out.
1. Adding Post Status to Posts menu
Under the Posts menu, you can only access to “All Posts” and “Add New”. However, most the time, your Posts will either be in Draft, or Pending Review status (for multi-writers site) and I am sure you will want to find a way to access them quickly.
Post status menu items is one plugin that you can use to add links of various Post statuses to the Post menu section. Once installed, you should find the links for all the various Post Status, and with the number of post beside it.
For configuration options, you can access “Settings -> Writing” and customize which Post Status is visible or hidden.
2. Admin Menu Editor
Do you hate the item order in the Menu and wish you can rearrange the items to your preferred order, and/or hide certain items from showing up in the menu? Admin menu editor is the plugin for you. Once installed and activated, it allows you to rearrange the items in the Menu. You can also remove items from the Menu and prevent them from showing up.
The good thing about this plugin is that you can change the default access permission of each item in the menu so your users can only see the items that you want them to see.
If you like the Admin Menu Editor plugin above, but find that it is rather limited in options, Adminimize is a more powerful plugin that allows you to customize every single part of the admin interface, including the menu, sub-menu, screen options, write options, wp nav menu, dashboard, etc. With Adminimize, you can go through every single list and item and activate/deactivate it for different user roles.
4. WP Admin UI Customize
WP Admin UI Customize allows you to customize several aspects of the admin UI, including the widgets to show up in the Dashboard, which items show up in the main menu and admin toolbar, the meta-boxes to appear in Posts and Pages, login screen etc.
WP Admin UI Customize lies somewhere between Admin Menu Editor and Adminimize. It comes with more customization options than Admin Menu Editor, and it is easier to use than Adminimize.
5. Change the Admin Color Scheme
Dislike the default color scheme of the admin interface? Yes, you can change it in your user profile section, but if none of the color scheme caught your attention, you can add additional color scheme with Admin Color Schemes. With this plugin activated, you will have an additional 8 color schemes to choose from.
If you want to create your own admin color scheme instead, you can try out Admin Color Schemer which allows you to customize the color for each and every item of the scheme.
Change the default color scheme for new users
If you have chosen a new color scheme and want to make it the default theme for all your newly registered users, paste the following code in your
Don’t forget to change “flat” to the name of your selected color scheme.
Thanks to the open-nature of the CMS, it is easy to customize every single part of the software, including the admin interface. The plugins above will allow you to easily customize your admin interface, and no coding skill is required.