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How to Customize the WordPress Admin Menu

How often do you look at the admin screen and wish elements were laid out a different way? Perhaps you would like to customize the WordPress admin menu to add, edit or even hide certain features. Whatever the reason, you can alter and rearrange how the WordPress admin menu appears.

All it takes is a flexible plugin that gives you those features at the click of a mouse.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you a quick and easy way to customize the WordPress admin menu to your liking. It’ll streamline the appearance and help you control what elements are available for other users.

Why Edit the WordPress Admin Menu

The admin panel in WordPress is easy to edit to some degree. The system already comes with a few ways in which you can customize the admin area.

What if you have a lot of plugins installed for various purposes? The left panel can become quite long at times, and you could have to scroll pretty far to find the tools you need. Editing the menu layout will give you the change to make it easier on yourself.

For example, you could create separate menu items for various tools and keep them organized. This would drastically cut the amount of space used in the left panel.

Another reason to edit the menu is to customize the layout to fit your needs. You could create a menu item called “My Tools” and fill it with the functions you use most in WordPress. Perhaps you want to change “Posts” to the word, “Content.”

The bottom line is you can modify the WordPress admin menu to be more flexible according to your specific needs. You don’t need to simply rely on the out-of-the-box experience.

Using Admin Menu Editor

Today, I’ll demonstrate the Admin Menu Editor plugin. Although the “pro” edition has more functions, the free version has a lot in terms of features and flexibility.

Install and activate the “Admin Menu Editor” plugin.

Admin Menu Editor

Go to Settings and click, “Menu Editor.”

Menu Editor

Adjusting Your Settings

The Menu Editor screen shows you an interactive layout of your admin side panel. By clicking on any of the sections, you can see what submenu items are available. But first, we need to make sure the plugin is behaving like we want.

Click the “Settings” tab from the top of the screen.

Menu Settings

In this screen, you can change who has access to the Menu Editor, modules or plugins you can change, the color scheme and where the a menu appears.

You should note that Admin Menu Editor supports WordPress multisite abilities. This means you can alter how the menu appears across your website network.

For this tutorial, I’m going to leave the settings as they are. However, you can change anything you need. Click the “Save Changes” button on the bottom when you’re done.

Save Changes

Modifying the Admin Menu

This plugin uses a drag-and-drop function to rearrange the WordPress admin menu. For instance, let’s say we want to list the “Page” tool to appear directly under “Posts.”

Just drag and drop the item where you want it.

Drag Pages

This means you can change the WordPress admin menu order according to what makes the most sense for you and other users.

It’s all about streamlining the process of creating content to get the most out of one’s time.

What if you want to rename the function or change where it links to? Click the small down arrow on the right.

Menu Edits

This opens a drop down window where you can make changes. For example, you can edit:

  • Menu title: You can use this to rename admin menu items in WordPress.
  • Target page: You can choose to have the menu item link to any page in WordPress or add your own URL. This is helpful if you create new menu items specifically for external sources to help you write content, advertise or link to social media profiles.
  • URL: This becomes editable if you choose sometime like “Custom” in the target page. You can add the URL of the site you want to access.
  • Require capability: Only users with specific capabilities will be able to see the menu item. In the case of create Pages, a user would need the “edit_pages” ability linked to his or her account. It’s not available in all options of the target page.
  • Extra capability: From here, you can hide admin menu items from specific users in WordPress. This lets you choose certain roles and capabilities of users who can access the menu. It’s a great feature to have in a team environment.

Drop Down Settings

When you’re done making adjustments, click the “Save Changes” button on the top right.

Save Menu Items

It’s All in the Customizations

Customizing the WordPress admin menu is a great way to help you keep materials organized. And if you buy the “Pro” version of Admin Menu Editor, you can take customization even further.

It’s all about what helps you build the best website possible. And having quick and easy access to your tools only improves the experience.

What kind of additions do you have to streamline the creation of your website? What would you change to improve the functionality of the admin panel?

Author: Kaumil Patel

Kaumil Patel is the Chief Operating Officer of GreenGeeks and has over 13 years of experience in the web hosting industry working for and owning web hosting companies. Kaumil’s expertise is in marketing, business development, operations, acquisitions and mergers.

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