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Goodbye Admin Bar, Hello Toolbar Posted on: January 13, 2012 by Jeff Starr

When the Admin Bar hit the streets in WordPress 3.1, people seemed to either love it or hate it. And rightly so, it was a significant change in the appearance of the WP Admin area, and if not disabled in your User Profile, the front-end of your site as well. Many tips, tricks and plugins for customizing the Admin Bar began appearing around the Web. And then just as the dust began to settle, BAM - the "Admin Bar" transforms into the "Toolbar" with the WordPress 3.3 update.

The WordPress 3.3 update focused heavily on streamlining and optimizing the Admin experience. The Admin Bar of WP 3.1 was intended as the "first step toward a front-end editor". The original Admin Bar was debated for several good reasons:

  • Enabled on the front-end by default
  • Gobbles up too much vertical screen space
  • Redundant, all links available elsewhere
  • Not visually appealing in general

Using the many Admin Bar tricks that became available around the Web, WordPress users dealt with the thing in their own way and moved on with their lives. Some use plugins, some custom snippets and scripts, some just love it as-is.

Admin Bar is dead long live the Toolbar

If you've updated to WP 3.3, you've seen the smaller "Toolbar" tucked neat above the Admin area. The new Admin Bar Toolbar seems to address some of the main concerns about the old Admin Bar:

  • No longer enabled on front-end by default
  • Uses less vertical screen space
  • Integrates the Admin header area, so no longer redundant
  • It looks a little better (in my opinion)

For those who have not yet updated or have no idea what's going on, here is a visual comparison of the old "Admin Bar" and the new "Toolbar":

The new Toolbar certainly looks better, but concerns remain. From what i've gathered, the main gripe is that the Toolbar is mandatory, and possibly still redundant, depending on site setup and configuration (plugins, networks, etc.).

Is it really mandatory?

Requires: 3.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.5
Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
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