Contextual Adminbar Color

Description

This plugins provides custom admin bar colors to differentiate environments (staging, preprod, production). It’s really easy to use and developer-friendly.

The plugin provides a settings screen which several options:

  • choose between several color predefined schemes.
  • use a favicon to better differentiate your environments in your browser’s tabs.
  • add a custom message in your admin bar, like “Production website”, “staging version” or whatever your want.
  • choose the user roles that will see the color scheme (other roles will see the default admin bar).

It also offers few PHP constants you can use in your wp-config.php file (see Frequently Asked Questions below).

Since WordPress Core will probably deprecate alternate admin color schemes in mid-term, this plugin is meant to be use by those who rely on colors to know is they are in staging, preproduction or production environment.

Last but not least, all provided color schemes are accessibility-ready!

Screenshots

  • Plugin settings screen.
  • Use favicons to differentiate your browser tabs.
  • Front-end rendering.

Installation

  1. Activate the plugin.
  2. Good to Tools > Adminbar settings to configure the plugin.
  3. Save your changes and enjoy 🙂

FAQ

How to use the PHP constant in wp-config.php?

Use CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_COLOR to force color scheme.
Accepted values: blue, red, green, purple, orange and darkgray.
Example: define( 'CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_COLOR', 'purple' );

Use CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_MESSAGE to force your custom admin bar message to display.
Accepted values: any valid string.
Example: define( 'CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_MESSAGE', 'This is the staging website' );

  • CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_FAVICON to force a favicon.
    Accepted values: 0 (don’t force a color based favicon) or 1 (force WordPress Admin to use the favicon that is related to your selected color scheme).
    Example: define( 'CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_FAVICON', 1 );

  • CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_SETTINGS to remove the settings screen from WordPress Admin, and manage the plugin’s settings only within the wp-config.php file.
    Accepted values: 0 (remove the settings screen) or 1 (keep it).
    Example: define( 'CONTEXTUAL_ADMINBAR_SETTINGS', 0 )

Reviews

December 2, 2019
OMG this is what I need. I actually use the alternate colors, but I don't like to change the good "blacky" interface 😉 So, this is the best option ever. And since the alt colors will disappear (soon?), it's a good idea to use this to prevent wrong wabsite updates and tons of wasted hours trying to figure "why this is not updating? HO CRAP I AM ON THE PRODUCTION SITE *phone rings* "hey, client… well listen… you won't believe me ha ha ha :|"
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Contributors & Developers

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

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Changelog

0.2

  • Plugin initial version, now on WordPress.org!

0.1

  • Plugin initial version, only released on GitHub.