This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Admin Color Schemer


Create your own admin color scheme, right in the WordPress admin under the Tools menu. Go simple with the four basic colors, or get into the details and customize to your heart’s content.


Pull requests and issues on GitHub welcome.


  • Admin color schemer in action


Admin Color Schemer is most easily installed automatically via the Plugins tab in your dashboard. Your uploads folder also needs to be writeable in order to save the scheme.


Why do I have to click a button to preview?

The preview currently operates by generating a complete stylesheet and reloading it. While in some environments this happens near-instantaneously, the time and resources it takes to reflect a change are not ideal for live previews. We do hope to solve this in a later release.

I’m getting an ugly screen asking me for a username and password.

This means that your uploads folder requires credentials in order to save the the scheme files. If you’re not sure how to fix that, please try the support forums. We’ll also work on making this prompt more beautiful in the future.

What should I do if I’ve updated this plugin or WordPress recently and now my color scheme doesn’t look right?

Some versions of WordPress or this plugin may change how the custom color scheme output is generated, so if you see something funny, first try re-saving your custom color scheme. If it’s still broken, then please let us know.


April 28, 2022
Doesn’t work with latest versions of WP. Throws a critical error when trying to save any color change. Not sure why the WP Core Team leaves it in the repository if it’s not going to be maintained. If I could give it 0 stars I would.
January 10, 2021
Everything is perfect, but it’s not allowing for hex codes now and the Preview button makes everything change as desired, however, when you Save, it resets. Please update to include the hex code input box and actually save the changes.
May 7, 2020
This plugin offers exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately it does not work properly but returns an error when you try to safe your color scheme. It’s a shame that a plug-in by the WordPress Core Team is so poorly developed and maintained.
June 24, 2019
this plugin everytime i save changes for a new color my website goes down and says there is technical difficulties, and nothing happens.
January 22, 2019 3 replies
There’s a newer, working version of this plugin on the GitHub repository. Please update the version here. This is a great and very useful plugin and deserves to be accessible to all WordPress users, not just those savvy enough to grab the newer version from GitHub.
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Contributors & Developers

“Admin Color Schemer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Updated phpsass library to fix PHP 7 bug (with many thanks to @KZeni).
  • Ensure custom color scheme can be previewed when using the default admin color scheme.
  • Avoid a potential PHP notice.


  • Initial release