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Dashboard Notepad


This dashboard widget provides a simple notepad. The widget settings allow you to choose which roles can edit the notes, and which roles can merely read them. Version 1.30 also adds support for custom roles and integrates with the Members plugin for role settings.

You can display the contents of your notepad using a template tag and/or shortcode. The widget permissions apply to these tags as well: only users with permission to read the notes will see the notes on the front end. You can use div#dashboard-notes in your theme’s CSS file to style the notes.


  • Belorussian (be_BY) by FatCow.
  • Bulgarian (bg_BG) by SiteGround.
  • Dutch (nl_NL) by Axel Vanderhaeghen
  • German (de_DE) by Guido Kerkewitz
  • Italian (it_IT) translation by Francesco Bevivino
  • Romanian (ro_RO) by Web Hosting Geeks (Web
    Geek Sciense
  • Swedish (se_SV) by Rabatt
  • Ukranian (uk_UA) by Michael Yunat


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  • The notepad
  • The widget options


  1. Upload the plugin directory to /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to your Dashboard and configure the widget by clicking the link in its upper right corner.
  4. To display your notes in a theme file, use the <?php dashboard_notes(); ?> template tag.
  5. To display your notes in a post, page, or text widget, use the [dashboard_notes] shortcode. (To use it in a widget, you’ll have to enable shortcode parsing in text widgets, if you haven’t already. Add add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode'); to your functions.php file.) You can use div#dashboard-notes in your theme’s CSS file to style the notes.


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Contributors & Developers

“Dashboard Notepad” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Dashboard Notepad” has been translated into these 2 locales: Italian, Dutch. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Dutch (nl_NL) translation by Axel Vanderhaeghen


  • Italian (it_IT) translation by Francesco Bevivino.
  • Ukranian (uk_UA) translation by Michael Yunat


  • Romanian (ro_RO) translation by Web Hosting Geeks.


  • Fixed a bug in which users’ permissions could not be removed once given.


  • Swedish (se_SV) translation by Rabatt
  • Corrected German translation.


  • German (de_DE) translation by Guido Kerkewitz.


  • Added an option to set the height of the notepad.


  • Fixed a bug where submitting the form redirected you to the wrong site when used in a multsite/subdirectory installation.



  • Fixed a problem where the widget would not appear for some users after upgrading from 1.24.


  • Fixed a problem with the widget options that could cause a couple of error messages to appear on some servers.


  • This version should seamlessly update the role options from the previous versions.


  • Fixed the roles to work correctly, added support for custom roles, and added Members integration. (December 15, 2010)


  • Belorussian (be_BY) translation by FatCow. (November 22, 2009)


  • Publicly displayed notes are now surrounded by a div tag with an ID (‘dashboard-notes’) for styling (November 18, 2009)


  • Fixed bug where the dashboard widget disappeared when unregistered users were allowed to read the notes. (November 17, 2009)


  • Added option to allow the public (unregistered users) read the notes. (November 16, 2009)


  • New template tag and shortcode to display notes publicly.
  • Security fix, as a result of the new tags: now checking whether users can post unfiltered HTML in the notes.
  • Added translation support.
  • Fixed CSS bug that threw off column widths. (November 14, 2009)


  • Fixed bug in the role configuration.
  • The widget now disappears entirely for users who aren’t allowed to read its contents. (August 24, 2009)


  • First release (August 5, 2009)