[UPDATE January 25, 2013: I have decided to no longer actively develop this plugin. It desperately needs an options panel, but there are other plugins that have the same functionality as this one (and perhaps more) that already have options. I simply lack the time to keep tweaking the Dashboard Tweaks plugin.
I have placed a clear notice in the WordPress Plugin Repository (as you can see below), not only to inform potential users that the plugin no longer is in active development, but also to invite anyone interested to take over the development to step forward.
Thanks for your understanding!
With WordPress version 3.3 around the corner (at the time of writing) I checked yesterday whether the admin tweaks I use to customize the WordPress Dashboard of website I develop for clients still would work.
But, since the admin bar (which from version 3.3 is called toolbar) has received yet another makeover, some things didn't work anymore. I sort of expected that already...
Since I depend on those tweaks to make the WordPress Dashboard of the websites of my clients look a bit different, I don't have time anymore to wait around until someone comes up with something, so I decided to wrap all the code I need into a neat plugin: Dashboard Tweaks.
Below follows the
readme.txt and at the bottom you will find the download link.
Please let me know in the comments whether you like the Dashboard Tweaks plugin!
=== Dashboard Tweaks ===
A collection of Dashboard Tweaks that enables website developers to customize the WordPress Dashboard more towards their clients.
== Description ==
With the arrival of WordPress version 3.3 the WordPress Dashboard once again received an overhaul/makeover. The tweaks we have been using since 3.2 no longer cut it and that inspired me to develop this plugin for WordPress version 3.3 or higher.
I have not included an options panel as this plugin is catered to developers and you are meant to play around with it. If you don't develop WordPress websites for clients, then most likely you won't have much use for this plugin and if you do, then be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.
If you try to install the plugin on any WordPress version lower than 3.3 it will die nicely and you will be taken back to the Dashboard.
A list of the tweaks included in the Dashboard Tweaks plugin:
- change the WordPress logo in the top-left of the toolbar with a custom admin logo
- link that logo to the home URL instead of the new wp-admin/about.php
- hide the entire sub-menu with links to Codex, forums and what not
- hide the Visit Site sub-menu under the site's name
- hide the Comments balloon in the toolbar
- change "Howdy" into "Welcome back"
- add a special favicon for the Dashboard only (ideally different from the frontend, but up to you)
- change the tab title into a standard "Dashboard of [sitename]“
- hide icons in front of Dashboard menus
- reduce page heading size
- hide publish icon of Add new Post/Page screens
- add colored background to sidebar active sub-menu to add contrast
- add colored background to activated plugins to add contrast
- add custom footer text
The plugin comes localized for use on sites other than the English language and/or on bi/multilingual websites.
== Installation ==
The Dashboard Tweaks plugin requires WordPress 3.3 or higher.
dashboard-tweaks.zip to the
2a. Edit the files
/css/wp-admin.css to your liking (link:
/wp-admin/plugin-editor.php?file=dashboard-tweaks/dashboard-tweaks.php). See below what can be changed on which lines.
2b. Alternatively you can unzip the file on your computer, do your edits and then upload the entire directory
dashboard-tweaks to the
3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress and enjoy your customized WordPress Dashboard!
Change images for admin favicon and dashboard logo:
Use FTP to upload your own images, the admin favicon is called
dashboard.png and the dashboard logo is called
adminbar-logo.png; both files are located in the images folder of the dashboard-tweaks folder.
Which lines of `dashboard-tweaks.php` can be edited?
lines 63-81: change menus that are hidden and/or the text that shows when hovering over the new toolbar logo
line 89: If you want to change “Welcome Back” to something else
line 96: change tab title text
line 103: change custom footer text
Which lines of `/css/wp-admin.css` can be edited?
lines 6, 10-11: (hover) background color for toolbar logo
line 18: change page heading size
line 25: change colored background to activated plugins to add contrast
lines 28-29: change colored background to sidebar active sub-menu to add contrast
== Frequently Asked Questions ==
= On the front-end the WordPress stuff in the toolbar is still visible! =
Disable the toolbar for the user when viewing the site. Most clients rather see their own website in its full glory instead of with that ugly toolbar at the top.
= Are you planning to add an options panel? =
Yes. That will be the last “problematic” update where you have to edit your edits. You can definitely expect a working options panel for the next version!
== Screenshots ==
== Download ==
The Dashboard Tweaks plugin has been downloaded 4,609 times.
The Dashboard Tweaks plugin was last updated on January 25, 2013 to version 1.0.9 and as such is no longer in active development.