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Dashboard Widget Manager


WordPress 2.5 introduces a widgetized dashboard, but unfortunately no manager for it to rearrange and remove widgets. This plugin fills that need by creating a new admin page very similiar to the new sidebar widget manager.

It also makes it so that both widget order and widget options are stored on a per-user basis rather than everyone sharing a common configuration. Great for those multi-user blogs.

Via this plugin’s settings page, you can also choose a default dashboard for users without a customized dashboard of their own and disable non-admins from customizing their dashboard effectively forcing all non-admins to see the dashboard of your choosing.


  • Widget management page, based on the normal WordPress widget manager
  • Dashboard with a custom widget order ("Other WordPress News" is normally at the very bottom)


Updgrading From A Previous Version

To upgrade from a previous version of this plugin, delete the entire folder and files from the previous version of the plugin and then follow the installation instructions below.

Installing The Plugin

Extract all files from the ZIP file, making sure to keep the file structure intact, and then upload it to /wp-content/plugins/.

This should result in the following file structure:

- wp-content
    - plugins
        - dashboard-widget-manager
            | dashboard-widget-manager.php
            | readme.txt
            | screenshot-1.png
            | screenshot-2.png

Then just visit your admin area and activate the plugin.

See Also: “Installing Plugins” article on the WP Codex

Using The Plugin

Visit the new admin page. It’s titled “Widgets” and is available from your dashboard page.

You can find the admin-only settings page at Settings -> Dashboard Widgets.


Does this plugin support other languages?

Yes, it does. See the WordPress Codex for details on how to make a translation file. Then just place the translation file, named dashwidman-[value in wp-config].mo, into the plugin’s folder.

I love your plugin! Can I donate to you?

Sure! I do this in my free time and I appreciate all donations that I get. It makes me want to continue to update this plugin. You can find more details on my donate page.

Contributors & Developers

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



Version 1.3.1

  • Add compatiblity for WordPress 2.6.x by loading the widgets stylesheet. Sorry it took so long.

Version 1.3.0

  • Options page for setting defaults and permissions.
  • Allow non-admins to rearrage their dashboard as well as edit the widgets on their dashboard. Widget authors: see plugin source for details on making your widget editable by non-admins.
  • Custom text and RSS widgets until I get multi-instance widgets working (i.e. the default text and RSS widgets).
  • Added widget descriptions.
  • Lots of internal improvements.

Version 1.2.1

  • I screwed up on the per-user widget order. When one user saved, it’d erase the other users’ orders.
  • Fixed bug that didn’t allow for no widgets to be displayed on the dashboard. Thanks to Kimmono for pointing this out.

Version 1.2.0

  • Store dashboard widgets options on a per-user basis. Now you and all of your fellow administrators can have seperate widget options. Non-administrators will see the configuration of the last person to update. This how WordPress does it on it’s own and I couldn’t think of a better solution.

Version 1.1.0

  • Store dashboard widgets order on a per-user basis.
  • Make the sidebar widget count on the dashboard accurate (it was combining the sidebar and dashboard widget counts). Thanks to Bob for pointing this out.
  • Missed translation string.

Version 1.0.1

  • Accidental version bump when commiting a minor POST detection code improvement.

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial release.