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Dashboard Editor

Description

This plugin allows you to add whatever you want to the WordPress dashboard through PHP and HTML even Sidebar Widgets. You can also wipe the entire dashboard or individually remove some of the more irritating sections like the Dev news, Planet WordPress and the getting started section.

In WordPress 2.5, the code is cleaner, the plugin is more responsive and you can add both “real” sidebar widgets, or add “fake” ones to match the dashboard.

Screenshots

  • A screenshot of an edited dashboard with widgets in 2.3.
  • My actual Dashboard in WP 2.5

Installation

Basic Installation (If you are new to WordPress you should probably use this.):

  1. Download the zip file
  2. Unzip and upload dashboard.php to your wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  3. Go to your dashboard. There will be a new sub-menu item.
  4. Select any options you want and add any PHP or HTML code that you want to the textbox.

FAQ

How do I add Widgets?

To add a sidebar widget to your dashboard (after selecting the option from the Dashboard management page) use the code:

<?php dynamic_sidebar('admin');?>

The Admin sidebar is modified and controlled the exact same way as any other sidebar.

How do I display UserOnline stats from the WP-UserOnline plugin?

If you use the WP-UserOnline plugin you can use:

My new content doesn’t show up nicely. It is pushed to the bottom.

If you find that your new content doesn’t align nicely you can add:

      <div style="float:left; width:460px;">
           //
           //Add all other content here
           //
           </div>
Can everyone see the information I add?

Yes, you can use User Roles (See WordPress Codex). Or just use:

<?php if(current_user_can('edit_users')){ ?>
// Content you don't want people to see here
<?php } ?>
What else can I add?

Any code that can be used in a WordPress Theme can be used in the dashboard.

I’m on WordPress 2.0, but none of the settings work.

Unfortunately, the only way to get the plugin to work on 2.0.x is to completely wipe the dashboard.

Contributors & Developers

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

Contributors