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How To Customize the Admin Menu Order

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Are you looking for a way to customize the admin menu order? This snippet will allow you to change the order of the admin menu items.

Instructions:

  1. Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.
  2. Edit the order of the strings in the returned array on lines 4 through 13 to change the order of the admin menu items.
   function custom_menu_order($menu_ord) {
       if (!$menu_ord) return true;
       return array(
        'index.php', // this represents the dashboard link
        'edit.php?post_type=events', // this is a custom post type menu
        'edit.php?post_type=news', 
        'edit.php?post_type=articles', 
        'edit.php?post_type=faqs', 
        'edit.php?post_type=mentors',
        'edit.php?post_type=testimonials',
        'edit.php?post_type=services',
        'edit.php?post_type=page', // this is the default page menu
        'edit.php', // this is the default POST admin menu 
    );
   }
   add_filter('custom_menu_order', 'custom_menu_order');
   add_filter('menu_order', 'custom_menu_order');

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: How to Properly Create a Custom Login Page in WordPress (Step by Step).

Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. Do I have to past it into a specific place in the functions.php? I am using the theme Twenty Thirteen and it’s not working for me.

  2. Thanks, it worked like a charm!!! I really didn’t like the default WP Admin order, or top level menu names for that matter, so with the help of your code and another tutorial, I got it pretty much just the way I want it. I think it’s going to be more user-friendly and intuitive for my clients.

    Peace.

  3. Hi Kevin!
    How can I include a menu created by a plug-in into the array?
    I’m trying “admin.php?page=chat” but doesn’t work.

    Thanks!

    1. I’m having the same problem!

    2. Solved!! Instead of “admin.php?page=chat” put only “chat” – Simple as that!

      1. doesn’t work for me =(

  4. Harish Chouhan June 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Hello, Thanks for the script, just one question?

    When using above code, all menus appear below each other. Is there a way to add the divider after few menus just like the default menu in WordPress?

    1. Yes you can do this however it is a little bit of work to get things right. I found a tutorial online that should help you get things going. 

      http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/2666/add-a-separator-to-the-admin-menu

      1. It’s actually really easy if you can live with the default number of separators (i.e. two) – just use ‘separator1’ and ‘separator2’ in the array instead of a php filename.

  5. Perfect! Most elegant solution on Google, so far

    1. Thanks glad I could help out.

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