WordPress Admin Bar

Note of Plugin Discontinuation:

WordPress 3.1 features a built-in admin bar like this, so I will no longer continue development of this plugin. I recommend uninstalling this plugin as it will no longer be maintained.


This plugin creates an admin bar at the top of your site for logged in users (i.e. you) based on the design of the admin bar located at WordPress.com. It has links to all popular areas of the admin area, saving you time.

It requires no theme editing whatsoever — just upload and activate and you’re done.


Adding Custom Themes:

If you’re the author of a WordPress theme or just otherwise wish to add an custom admin bar theme of your own, please check out this plugin’s theme API.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Some plugins don’t show up in the admin bar. What gives?
A: The author of the problematic plugin has a is_admin() test when creating their admin menu which means that if you’re outside of the admin area, their plugin won’t register it’s admin menu. Therefore it of course won’t show up in my admin bar. Contact them and ask them to remove the is_admin() test (or do it yourself).

532 thoughts on “WordPress Admin Bar

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  2. For some reason my dashboard is not like yours in the top screen shot. It is all the way at the right under an arrow button…any ideas?

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  4. Where is the user sign in, and search bar? Why does WP make it so hard to have a login or registration form. You specifically state this admin bar is like WP.com, but thats a lie

    • No need to get your panties in a bunch. It’s styled like the WP.com one. If it were identical, it wouldn’t be as useful as that one is designed for WP.com.

      Either way, one more similar (but not the same) will be coming built into WordPress 3.1.

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  6. Hi, I just started to upgrade my blogs to WP 3.1. Yes, the new WP version comes with its own admin bar, but no, that is no real replacement for your fantastic plugin! Actually, the built-in admin bar is very basic and does not allow ne to access many of the back-office features with one mouseclick as your plugin did. I do understand that you won’t take the challenge of adapting your plugin to somehow “override” the offical WP 3.1 stuff, but I want to thank you for providing a great utility that I was enjoying to use regularily for many, many months. You really did a great job. Thanks again.

    Greetings from Germany,

  7. Alex, you see that your great and very useful plugin is appreciated all over the world. We all know, however, that with the arrival of WP 3.1, your plugin has (sadly) become osolete in its present form and does not work anymore.

    But you showed us a “silver lining at the horizon” by stating that you “will likely rewrite it at some point to add more functionality to the 3.1 admin bar instead”.

    This is a great perspective, however one question remains: How do the fans of your discontinued plugin get the message when a sucessor is released somewhen? With the old plugin disabled and deleted, there will be no notification out of the WordPress backend. I’d suggest that you may create a mailing list for people interested in that yet unwritten substitute for your “WordPress admin bar” plugin?

    Another possibility would be to post an update message at


    where everybody who is interested might have a look at the current status from time to time…


  8. I did not see your plugin’s admin bar in WP 3.1 anymore, but that was before I found out that the new admin bar can be switched off in the user profile. Didn’t try that out yet, though. However, since the new one actually has its merits (like the mini visitor statistics provided by the WP stats plugin), a fresh approach combining the new standard with the configurable item selection provided by your plugin would certainly be the best of both worlds… 😉


  9. This plugin gives you control over who will see the admin bar based on user role or site wide. Also if you have absolutely positioned to the body it gives you the option to get rid of the annoying 28px bump. If you are a theme developer it also lets you disable it on a single page or across the whole site for a single sesison. This is really helpful if you dont want to have to log out just to get the admin bar to go away for a bit.


  10. I would seriously love you forever if you could make this ‘float’ or stay stuck at the top of the screen- or tell me how- or another plugin, I am tired of scrolling up/down to get to the darn menus- lazy I know but it would really save me time… any ideas?

  11. Eve, try the plugin “Auto Hide Admin Bar”. It enables the WordPress 3.1 default admin bar to slide in gently whenever you move the mouse pointer to the top of your blog. This works in any scrolling position of your site, so it is exactly what you are looking for!

    The downside is that the default admin bar of the current WordPress release lacks many items that would be helpful (i.e. the plugins menu).

    Hope that helps!


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  13. Hey Viper – I love your plugin (have made a few of my own tweaks to it) but when I upgraded and it was hidden I was heart broken.

    Good thing they show how to hide it network wide on wordpress:

    One item that I am not sure how to fix is items that are now in the Network Admin menu – they still show up in your menu but the links are broken as they point to wp-admin not wp-admin/network.

    I’ve looked through the code and not sure exactly how to fix this. It was very handy for me as I have a support system that I access regularly from your menu that I now can’t because of the broken link.

    Any ideas on how to fix would be appreciated.


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