PLUGIN NO LONGER IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT! INSTALL AT OWN RISK!
As there are better alternatives to this plugin - also with option panels - I have decided to no further pursue its development.
If someone is interested to take over the development, please contact me, so we can arrange that.
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.