How to Customize Your WordPress Admin Area

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Did you know that you can change the default style of WordPress admin area? You can do it by overriding the old stylesheet. To do this, you have to create a new css file in your theme folder, and then include it in WP-Admin using the admin_head hook.

In this article, we’ll show you how to customize your WordPress dashboard by overriding the old stylesheet.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

Make sure to change paths and then upload the new stylesheet in the correct location place that you want to override. Location: /wp-admin/css/colors-fresh.css. You might want to copy the old stylesheet and use as a template for your new one.

function customAdmin() {
    $url = get_settings('siteurl');
    $url = $url . '/wp-content/themes/my-theme/styles/wp-admin.css';
    echo '<!-- custom admin css -->
          <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="' . $url . '" />
          <!-- /end custom adming css -->';
add_action('admin_head', 'customAdmin');

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 62 best free WordPress blog themes or 7 best WordPress contact form plugins.

[code] <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="' . $url . '" /> <!-- /end custom adming css -->'; } add_action('admin_head', 'customAdmin'); ?>[/code]

Comments   Leave a Reply

  1. This code used to work but no longer works due to the change in the WP core. Basically, there is a function that removes injected css in the core file now. (probably due to a security reason) I haven’t figured out a way to bypass this.

    Really frustrating.

  2. It was probably the server or your device not rendering them. I’ve noticed the same thing while viewing code on certain sites/devices

  3. Not sure why you are mixing html entities (e.g. <) with the characters themselves (e.g. >). To get this to work, I used ‘<' instead of '$lt;'.

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