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How to Customize WordPress Admin Menu with Admin Menu Editor

How to Customize WordPress Admin Menu with Admin Menu Editor

By default, a list of menu items is included in the dashboard menu bar, like Posts, Pages, Media, Comments, Appearance, etc. Most users new to WordPress think there is no way to make a change at all. As a matter of fact, WordPress leaves enough room for dashboard customization, among which the function for admin menu customization is mentioned here in details.

This guide is just about the way to edit your admin menu using Admin Menu Editor plugin. That makes users feel free to rename and reorganize all menu items or hidden something if needed. Start with the plugin installation & activation and then make a real difference to your WordPress admin menu.

Set Up Admin Menu Editor on Your Site

Search and install this plugin via your WP-admin. The item “Menu Editor” appears under Settings. Before making some changes to your menu bar, go to Settings > Menu Editor and click “Settings” button to set up the menu editor.

Original Admin Menu

Make a decision on who are allowed to access to this plugin so as to modify menu items. Select one type of user role from three options. If you are running multiple sites on one WordPress installation, you should decide whether to make the current settings valid for all network sites via “Multisite settings”. Hide advanced menu options as needed.

There are two color schemes available for this admin menu editor, including Blue & Yellow and Grey. The first color scheme is much livelier than the second one. Leave the last option “Debugging” and then save all changes.

Customize WordPress Admin Menu

Go to Settings > Menu Editor and here you come to an interface including all items on the admin menu. The first column of this editor appears in the same order with the current menu bar. The second column is where to display items subject to a parent menu. An array of options enables an easy manner for you to make any change to the admin menu.

Reorder menu items – The Admin Menu Editor allows you to drag & drop certain items to reorder them at will. That is also true of all sub-items.

Drag & Drop Item

Rename a menu item – If there is a need to rename a menu item, expand it in Menu Editor to change the menu title, target page, URL and required capability according to personal needs. Here, we rename the “Posts” item as “News” and leave the other settings default.

Rename Posts Item

Add new menu item – Since the default menu items can no longer satisfy your needs, click “New Menu” button and create a new menu. Give it a proper name and target it to anywhere as needed. Here, we name the newly created menu item as “Test Menu”.

Add New Item

Copy and paste a menu item – A menu item can be duplicated as many times as you need. Target an item and click “Copy” & “Paste” buttons.

Copy and Paste Menu Items

Delete or hide a menu item – Select an item and click “Delete Menu” button to remove it from the admin menu. Perhaps, you can hide certain items with the Show/Hide function so as not to delete anything from the admin menu.

Finally, click “Save Changes” to confirm all settings. The “Undo Changes” is used to cancel the changes for this time while the “Load default menu” is used to override all changes you’ve made before and return your admin menu to the default state.

In addition to Admin Menu Editor, there are some other plugins worth going, like Admin Menu, Admin Menu Tree Page View and Ultimate Admin Bar. Have a shot at the recommended plugin since the selected option in this guide cannot make a big difference.


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