If you have always wanted to reorganize the WordPress admin menu, I have some very good news for you. Yes you can, with the Admin Menu Editor plugin. Allows you to move any menu item to any site,
This will allow you to fully customize your WordPress experience and takes less than five minutes to complete. The plugin also allows you to determine which user roles can see which menu items, so it’s great for teams.
Today I will show you how to customize the admin menu in WordPress.
Is There An Advantage Of Editing The Admin Menu?
Yes and no.
In fact, there are no performance improvements associated with editing the admin menu appearance. It will simply change the appearance for you and your staff. However, to say that this has not improved your work efficiency is well subjective.
Everyone is different, and in some cases, changing appearance can help improve work efficiency. This can save you time getting too specific parts of your site and can help distract you from the menu.
So how effective is editing the WordPress admin menus completely for the individual.
How to Customize the WordPress Admin Menu
Step 1: Install Admin Menu Editor
The Administrative Menu Editor a plugin allows you to change the order and appearance of admin menu items in WordPress. With it, you can not only rearrange the items but hide them completely from yourself or other users. And this is done with a drag and drop interface, so it’s easy to do.
One of the coolest features is being able to make your own custom menus. For example, you could build a menu for a member of staff that only contains the links they need to work. This can simplify the process and help new staff.
Let’s start by clicking on Plugins and selecting the Add New option on the left admin panel.
Search for Administrative Menu Editor in the search box available. This will remove additional plugins that you may find useful.
Scroll down until you find the Admin Menu Editor plugin and click the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin to use it.
Note: There are actually two plugins that have this name, make sure the plugin by Janis Elsts.
Step 2: Rearrange Menu
Although there is a settings tab that we could configure first, I will cover this at the end. Mainly because the settings will influence global settings and other things that won’t affect the real menu editing. Instead, the first thing we will look at is how to rearrange the menu.
On the left admin panel click on Settings and select the Menu Editor option.
On the left side of the screen, you should see a replica of your admin menu. You can expand each item by clicking on the small arrow.
Here you can change the menu title name, where it links to, and select which user roles it has access to.
The menu to the right of this represents the submenu items that you would find by clicking on it. In the case of Posts, you would find All Posts, New Adds, Categories and Tags. You can use the small arrow to adjust it the same way.
And for menu items and submenu, you can click and drag the item to any location. This will allow you to rearrange your menus as you see fit.
Click on the “Save Changes” button to save the work.
Note: You will also find the “Undo Changes” and “Upload the default menu” buttons here. These can help you return the menu to its original state.
Step 3: Create a New Menu Item
One of the biggest benefits of this plugin is the ability to create your own menu items. With it, you can create menus for specific employees, jobs, almost anything else you might need.
To do so, click on the New menu icon.
This will add a customized menu item to the existing menu. Similar to the other items, you can change the name, target page, and add additional capabilities (determine user roles). You can also drag it to any location. This also applies to submenu items.
You can repeat these steps to add several custom menu items. Don’t forget to save your work.
Step 4: Delete or Hide Menu Items
There may come a day when you want to delete existing or new menu items you have just made. In either case, it is easy to do so.
The plugin actually provides two ways to do this. The first is to actually delete the menu item and the second is to hide the menu item from view, although it is still accessible.
To delete the menu item in full, click on the menu item you want to delete and click on the Delete menu icon.
A small popup will appear asking if you’re sure. Confirm the deletion and the menu item has disappeared.
Note: You can retrieve any default menu item by using the “Default Load” button. However, custom menu items are permanently deleted. You’d have to do them again.
To hide it, select the menu item and click on the hide menu icon.
Hidden items on the menu will have the hidden symbol next to their name. You can retrieve the item by clicking the hide icon again.
Remember to save your work after making changes.
Step 5: Plugins and Settings
The Admin Menu Editor also allows you to hide specific plugins and settings. At the top, you may have noticed two additional tabs for Plugins and Installations respectively.
Click on the Plugins tab.
Here you will find a full list of plugins that are currently installed (they do not have to be active). By default, they are visible to everyone. To change this, uncheck the box.
Note: The last option on this list is for new plugins. This means you can make all new plugins hidden automatically. This ensures that you don’t have to come to this page every time you add a new plugin.
Save any changes you made and click on the Settings tab.
The Settings tab contains a series of radio buttons and check boxes. For most websites, the default options will suffice. Simply go through the settings to determine the best options for your horse website.
Congratulations on learning how to use the Admin Menu Editor to easily edit a menu in WordPress.
If you delete the plugin, the menus will be restored to their default positions.
Customizing Your Workplace
As developers, it’s our job to manage the site and create content for visitors to enjoy. However, one aspect of the website that is always overlooked is the after-weekend. Making it more efficient for the work you do is essential, and this is just one option.
Another consideration should be editing the WordPress dashboard. You can create a variety of shortcuts and at a glance to appear in this space. This is great for things like Google Analytics. You can even add to-do lists to help you remember deadlines and content ideas.
How easy did you find the WordPress Admin Menu Editor plugin to use? Do you think WordPress should have an admin menu edit by default?