Revamp Your WordPress Admin With These Eight Awesome Plugins

Revamp Your WordPress Admin With These Eight Awesome Plugins

When you think about making WordPress more useful, the dashboard probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you spend a lot of time logged into /wp-admin/ but have never taken the time to customize your experience, you can almost certainly get more out of it than you’re getting right now.

If you run a Multisite network, maybe your own experience is less of a concern than that of your network’s users. Customizing the admin area and dashboard across a Multisite network can help differentiate your network, improve user experience, and create new opportunities to monetize the network.

Perhaps you manage a website with multiple authors, contributors, and editors. Customizing the admin for each user role can help ensure that they only see the admin screens they actually need to use.

There’s a lot you can do to customize the WordPress admin and dashboard to make them easier to use and more useful.

One Clarification Before We Get Started

Before we jump into the customization options, I want to clarify two terms: admin and dashboard. Those terms are often used interchangeably, but in this article, they are used to refer to two different things.

  • The WordPress admin includes all of the pages that include /wp-admin/ in the URL.
  • The dashboard, on the other hand, is just one screen in the admin. It’s the screen you reach when you click on the Dashboard link in the admin menu.

So when you log into /wp-admin/, every screen that you access in the WordPress backend is part of the admin. When you click on Dashboard, you’re taken to the dashboard, which happens to be part of the admin area.

Now that we’re on the same page, let’s get to the task at hand: turning a ho-hum WordPress admin area into one that is useful, efficient, beautiful, and customized to meet your specific needs.

Give Your Admin a New Look

1. Blue Admin

One simple way to update your WordPress admin area is with an admin theme. If you know what you want, and aren’t afraid of writing CSS, then you can make your own without too much trouble.

If coding an admin theme isn’t something you’re interested in, there are several high-quality admin theme options available from Just keep in mind that you’ll find them in the Plugins Directory rather than the Theme Directory.

If all you want is a nice and fresh new theme for your dashboard, look no further than Blue Admin.

A very simple but practical plugin.

Blue Admin grants a clean new look to your WordPress Dashboard – it may even remind you of a certain social media platform…



This article was written by Kirstan Norman and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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