Admin Expert Mode


WordPress has long provided inline documentation throughout the administrative interface that provide explanations for various features and input fields. This includes an explanations of excerpts, trackbacks, custom fields, page parents, etc. These are great for newcomers to WordPress, but for those with sufficient familiarity these bits of text are no longer necessary and merely provide visual noise. This plugin gets rid of those descriptive texts.

The plugin’s behavior is made available as a per-user profile option. Each user who wishes to enable expert mode for themselves must do so individually by going into their profile, checking the field ‘Expert mode’, and then pressing the ‘Update Profile’ button.

Specifically, this plugin removes:

  • Categories

    • Description of “Category Name”
    • Description of “Category Slug”
    • Description of “Category Parent”
    • Description of “Description”
  • Edit Post

    • Description of “Custom Fields”
    • Description of “Excerpts”
    • Description of “Trackbacks”
  • Edit Page

    • Description of comment status
    • Description of “Custom Fields”
    • Verbose descriptions of “Attributes” (parent, template, and order)
  • Edit Link

    • Description of “Name”
    • Description of “Web Address”
    • Description of “Description”
    • Description of “Target”
    • Description of “Link Relationships (XFN)”
  • Tags

    • Description of “Tag name”
    • Description of “Tag slug”
  • Widgets

    • Text indicating that widgets are added from the listing of widgets on the left.
  • Install Themes

    • Help text for search field
    • Help text for “Feature Filter”
  • Themes – Custom Header

    • Help text simply stating you can upload files from you computer
  • Manage Plugins

    • Description of what plugins are and that they are activated/deactivated on that page
    • Text indicating that broken plugins can be renamed to remove them from being active
    • Description of the “Recently Active Plugins” section
  • Add New Plugins

    • Help text for search field
    • Help text for “Popular Tags”
  • Users – Your Profile

    • Help text for “Biographical Info”
    • Help text for “Sessions”
  • Tools

    • Description paragraphs for “Press This”
  • Tools – Import

    • Description paragraph for “Import”
  • Tools – Export

    • Description paragraphs for “Export”
  • Settings – General

    • Extra help text after input fields for “Tagline”, “Site Address (URL)”, “Email Address”, “Timezone”
  • Settings – Discussion

    • Description of what avatars are
    • Description of purpose of default avatar
  • Settings – Media

    • Text that explains sizes represent maximum dimensions in pixels of images uploaded to Media Library
  • Settings – Permalinks

    • Help text about “Common Settings”
    • Help text about “Optional”
  • Settings – Privacy

    • Paragraphs of text describing the Privacy Policy page

NOTE: This plugin does NOT remove input field labels or section headers, nor anything containing actual data. In a few cases, descriptive text is left intact when it is of enough importance to warrant retention, or the markup structure does not facilitate easy removal.

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The plugin is further customizable via two filters. Code using these filters should ideally be put into a mu-plugin or site-specific plugin (which is beyond the scope of this readme to explain). Less ideally, you could put them in your active theme’s functions.php file.

c2c_admin_expert_mode (filter)

The ‘c2c_admin_expert_mode’ filter allows you to dynamically determine whether the admin expert mode should be active.


  • $is_active (bool): Boolean indicating if admin expert mode is currently active
  • $user_login (string): Login of the current user


// Never let user 'bob' activate admin expert mode
function aem_never_let_bob_activate( $is_active, $user_login ) {
    if ( 'bob' == $user_login )
        return false;
    return $is_active; // Otherwise, preserve activation status for user
add_filter( 'c2c_admin_expert_mode', 'aem_never_let_bob_activate', 10, 2 );?>

c2c_admin_expert_mode_default (filter)

The ‘c2c_admin_expert_mode_default’ filter allows you to specify whether admin expert mode should be active for users by default or not. This filter only applies to users who visit the admin for the first time after the plugin is activated. Once a user visits the admin, their setting gets set to the default state and will no longer be affected by this filter. If you wish to affect the setting for existing users, use the ‘c2c_admin_expert_mode’ filter instead.


  • $is_active (bool): Boolean indicating if admin expert mode is active by default (default is false)


<?php // Enable admin expert mode for all users by default
add_filter( 'c2c_admin_expert_mode_default', '__return_true' );


  • A screenshot of some of the panels of the 'Edit Post' admin page after this plugin is activated.
  • A screenshot of the same panels of the 'Edit Post' admin page as they appear in a standard WP 3.3 installation. See the difference?
  • A screenshot of the plugin's profile checkbox on the user Profile page.
  • A screenshot of the form on the 'Categories' admin page after this plugin is activated.
  • A screenshot of the form on the 'Categories' admin page as they appear in a standard WP 3.3 installation. See the difference?


  1. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or download and unzip inside the plugins directory for your site (typically wp-content/plugins/)
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress
  3. Each user who wishes to enable expert mode for themselves must do so individually by going into their profile, checking the checkbox ‘Expert mode’, and then pressing the ‘Update Profile’ button.


Can I view an admin page with admin expert mode turned off without turning the feature off for my account or disabling the plugin entirely?

Yes. Use the ‘disable-admin-expert-mode’ query parameter with a value of ‘1’ to disable admin expert mode for the loaded page. This would yield a URL, for example, of If the URL already has query parameters specified (you’ll see a “?” in the URL), then you have to add the new query parameter as an additional one joined with “&”, e.g.

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2.7 (2020-06-14)


  • This release is a recommended minor update that updates hiding of text on “Privacy Settings” page, hides text on “Media Settings” page, hides text relating to avatars on “Discussion Setting” page, adds a file, updates a few URLs to be HTTPS, expands unit testing, and notes compatibility through WP 5.4+.


  • New: Hide the descriptions of what avatars and default avatars are on the “Discussion Settings” page
  • New: Hide the intro paragraph for the “Media Settings” page
  • New: Add and move existing TODO list from top of main plugin file into it
  • Fix: Re-hide descriptive paragraphs for “Privacy Settings” page
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.4+
  • Change: Update links to to be HTTPS
  • Unit tests:
    • Change: Enhance test_default_hooks() to support testing for direct function callbacks rather than just method callbacks
    • Change: Remove unnecessary unregistering of hooks
    • Change: Use HTTPS for link to WP SVN repository in bin script for configuring unit tests (and delete commented-out code)

2.6 (2019-12-22)


  • This release is a minor update that fixes a bug with considering the user setting value, verifies compatibility through WordPress 5.3+, adds unit testing, and makes minor behind-the-scenes improvements.


  • Fix: Properly account for user setting value
  • New: Add unit testing
  • New: Add reset() to reset plugin to pre-pageload state
  • Change: Clarify the inline docs for c2c_admin_expert_mode_default filter to indicate it won’t override user setting value
  • Change: Remove memoization of $is_active value
  • Change: Allow class to be defined even when loaded outside the admin
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.3+
  • Change: Add inline documentation for class variables
  • Change: Add link to in
  • Change: Update copyright date (2020)
  • Delete: Remove unused class variable $config

2.5 (2019-04-04)


  • This minor release primarily adds the ability for admin users to see and edit the setting within other users’ profiles and notes compatilibity through WordPress v5.1+. All other changes were behind-the-scenes for the general improvement of the plugin and its documentation.


  • New: Permit admins to see and edit the value of the setting for other users
  • Change: Add user ID as an additional argument to the c2c_admin_expert_mode_default filter
  • Change: Allow get_options() to accept a user ID and memoize values by user ID
  • Change: Initialize plugin on plugins_loaded action instead of on load
  • Change: Merge do_init() into init()
  • Change: Modify help text for checkbox
  • Change: Cast return value of c2c_admin_expert_mode filter as boolean
  • Change: (Hardening) Escape output of user profile URL
  • New: Add file and move all but most recent changelog entries into it
  • New: Add inline documentation for hooks
  • Change: Improve function docblocks by adding missing @see, @access, @param, and @return tags
  • Change: Rename readme.txt section from ‘Filters’ to ‘Hooks’
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.1+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2019)
  • Change: Update License URI to be HTTPS
  • Change: Split paragraph in’s “Support” section into two

Full changelog is available in