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How to customize the menu of your WordPress dashboard

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Every WordPress admin has their own dashboard navigation requirements. For example, one could frequently access articles without accessing the appearance menu. Another might have a custom post format that they access frequently more than any other.

In some cases, developers place the different menus of their plugins at the top of the dashboard. JetPack is a concrete example.

Admin Menu Manager is a new plugin that allows you to take control of your dashboard and reorder the various elements of the side menu. This plugin created by Pascal Birchler, adds an interface Drag & Drop Which will allow you to quickly move the different menus and organize them according to your preferences.

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As you can see from the demo, Admin Menu Manager allows you to drag and drop the different menu items anywhere. However, it does not allow you to move the sub-items of a menu and it does not have a settings page.

I got an idea for a plugin when I came across a plugin with a Drag & Drop interface that allowed menus to be reordered.

Birchler said. After looking for other comparable solutions for the dashboard, he decided to take inspiration from what he had seen and the result is this very useful plugin.

You can download the 1.0 version of the plugin Available on You can also install the plugin directly from your dashboard. But already, you should know that a next version is in development. This version will allow in particular to:

  • Modify menus including their icons
  • Add custom menus
  • Remove a menu completely (or restore)

As it stands, this plugin is a great solution to reorder the dashboard based on your or a customer's opinion. That's it for this article. Feel free to share it with your friends on your favorite social networks.

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