What file(s) changes the look of the Dashboard theme? (6 posts)

  1. _AngelicLies
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I want to redesign my dashboard theme. What file(s) are used to do this? I don't just want to edit colours, etc. I want to edit the entire look. I want to change the way the sidebar looks, where its located, everything. Can anyone help? What files do I need to edit?

  2. MichaelH
    Posted 4 years ago #

    This article was recently updated and should point you in the right direction...Creating_Admin_Themes.

  3. _AngelicLies
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That doesn't point me in the right direction as I've read that already. Please actually answer my question.

  4. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Please actually read that information.

    You do not edit any file, per se. You would need to create a new file. Either a plugin, or add information to your themes functions.php. I do mine from a plugin, so that it is not theme dependent.

    You must completely write the new admin theme from scratch. Or use a premade plugin

    Often, a tool such as firebug, or the dev tool built into chrom can help you find out the name of each part of the admin interface so that you can write your new css sheet

    If you were to simply go in and edit the core WP admin styles, those changes would be lost at some point on a future WP upgrade.

  5. _AngelicLies
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I don't know how to build a plugin. And how do I create a "new admin theme from scratch"? I have read that entire page and it doesn't help.

  6. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    by using google.

    There are tonnes of resources out there for the motivated.
    When I wanted to build a plugin, I googled it and made one... It's honestly not hard

    Same goes for an admin theme

    There are a bunch of tutorial sites out there from which you can literally cut and paste code

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