Ultimate Dashboard


Ultimate Dashboard is a clean & lightweight plugin that allows you to create a custom WordPress dashboard.

Replace the default WordPress dashboard widgets with your own set of icon- & text widgets.


  • Create icon widgets
  • Create text widgets
  • Remove all or individual default WordPress widgets
  • Export/Import dashboard widgets & settings
  • Add custom CSS to your WordPress dashboard

Get even more Features with Ultimate Dashboard PRO.

Ultimate Dashboard PRO

  • Remove 3rd party widgets
  • Create video widgets
  • Create contact form widgets
  • Create HTML widgets
  • WordPress multisite support
  • White Label the WordPress login & admin area

Learn more about Ultimate Dashboard PRO


  • Icon Widget Dashboard
  • Text & Icon Widget with Tooltips
  • Create an Icon Widget
  • Create a Text Widget
  • Ultimate Dashboard Settings Page


  1. Download the ultimate-dashboard.zip file to your computer.
  2. Unzip the file.
  3. Upload the ultimate-dashboard folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  4. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.

To access the settings page navigate to Settings > Ultimate Dashboard through your WordPress menu.
To create new Dashboard Widgets, navigate to Dashboard > Dashboard Widgets through wour WordPress menu.


Does this work on my multisite installation?

For multisite, third party Widget support & more check out Ultimate Dashboard PRO


January 6, 2018
Thanks David for this awesome plugin. It allows me to customize the dashboard specifically for each of my clients based on what they need to see and do and gives me the ability to simplify the "entry point" for each based on their technical comfort level. It has been a great help in selling to folks that are easily intimidated by what appears to be a complex workspace (the default dashboard). Looking forward to checking out the pro version soon.
May 16, 2017
I love this plugin. So light and simple, and yet very effective ! And what's even better is that my clients love it too :-p Thanks so much David Vongries. Great job !
September 3, 2016
I have given this a try and it works really well, nice and clean which would be great for clients. I however compared the Pro features. remove 3rd party Dashboard Widgets - What is the point of creating a dashboard plugin when you cant hide 3rd party widgets without the pro version? is that not the point to a dashboard plgin!!! create your own Text Widgets - This should be in the core of the plugin. Don't think I can justify paying 20 euros for me to add some text widgets. This should just be a plugin without a pro version. That is the reason for my 3 star rating
September 3, 2016
I have been looking for a way to customize and edit the WP dashboard for a long time. This plugin is not only easy to use, but it does EXACTLY what I need it to do. Can't wait to see what else the plugin will have to offer in the future :).
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Contributors & Developers

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


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2.5 | September 27, 2019

  • Maintenance Release

2.4 | April 30, 2019

  • New: Text Widgets
  • New: Tooltips for Icon Widgets
  • New: Import/Export Widgets & Settings
  • New: Custom Dashboard CSS field
  • New: Improved UX/UI

2.3.1 | January 28, 2019

  • Tweak: cleaned up codebase
  • Fixed: internationalization

2.3 | November 30, 2018

  • Tweak: set required PHP version to 5.6
  • Tweak: tested up to 5.0
  • Tweak: highlighted pro link
  • Fixed: internationalization

2.2 | August 1, 2018

  • Tweak: Updated Settings Page UI
  • Tweak: Updated Links & Descriptions under Widgets -> PRO

2.1.1 | 05/31/2018

  • Fixed: Number of Dashboard Widgets is limited by the “Reading” settings under Appearance -> Reading

2.1 | 03/18/2018

  • Maintenance release
  • Added: Action Link
  • Tweak: save deactivated dashboard widgets in a single array
  • Fixed: wrong hook used to remove dashboard widgets

2.0.1 | 11-17-2017

  • Minor Tweaks & Improvements

2.0 | 11-14-2017

  • Rewritten the plugin from ground up
  • Ultimate Dashboard now has it’s own, top-level menu in the WordPress Dashboard
  • Tweak: metabox styling
  • Tweak: embedded font-awesome instead of loading it from an external source
  • Tweak: removed roboto as default font
  • Tweak: minor security tweaks

1.3.1 | 10-28-2016

  • Updated: Plugin Header & options page sidebar

1.3 | 10-06-2016

  • Added: filter/search functionality for dashboard icons (Dashicons & Font-Awesome)

1.2.1 | 08-21-2016

  • Fixed: The Plugin Generated xxx Characters of Unexpected Output During Activation message

1.2 | 08-21-2016

  • Removed: Ultimate Dashboard PRO notification
  • Added: Sidebar to Ultimate Dashboard options page
  • Added: Custom Post Type columns (icon, link target)
  • Tweak: Default plugin language is now english
  • Added: German translation

1.1 | 07-20-2016

  • Removed the limit of 5 dashboard widgets

1.0.3 | 07-07-2016

  • Added: all WordPress Dashicons
  • Tweak: new font for Dashboard Widgets (Roboto)
  • Tweak: Added an accordion to sort icon groups

1.0.2 | 07-05-2016

  • Moved the Ultimate Dashboard CPT from the main menu to Dashboard > Dashboard Widgets
  • Added better descriptions while creating a Dashboard Widget for absolute and relative urls


Removed a bug that only allowed to create 1 Dashboard Widget.


Initial Release