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Minimal Admin


Very simple plugin to hide ‘non essential’ wp-admin functionality.
This plugin is intended for select client projects where the client is an editor.

Features include:

  • Overwrites a range of default wp-admin CSS with minimal styles
  • Hides the dashboard and directs admin’s or editor users to the edit pages screen
  • Hides non essential menu items & separators
  • Hides the WordPress admin bar (only front end)
  • Site link in the admin bar opens in new window
  • Local Development – admin bar colour change
  • Local Development – project quicklinks

Options to:

  • Hide Posts from the WordPress menu
  • Hide screen options tab and help tab

Works well with the following plugins:

  • ACF Theme Code : Typography styles
  • Yoast SEO : Hides SEO columns from the edit page / edit posts screens
  • Gravity Forms : Grants editor (client) access to manage Gravity Forms
  • Advanced Custom Fields Pro : Minimal field group listings
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Simple Page Ordering
  • Admin Collapse Sub Pages


  • Before (when logged in as an editor / client)
  • After (when logged in an an editor / client)


  1. Upload Minimal Admin to /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the Plugin via the plugins menu


How do I enable the quicklinks dropdown ?

So your project links appear in the quicklinks dropdown under the W icon in the admin bar you need to:

First, define your local URL in wp-config.php or functions.php as this only works on local.

define('LOCAL_URL', '');

Secondly, add a function similar to the following to your theme’s functions.php

function minimal_admin_project_links() {
    $minimal_admin_project_links = array(
        array("Git Repo","")
    return $minimal_admin_project_links;


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  • Local Development – Project quicklinks feature added
  • Local Development – Admin bar colour change
  • Minor CSS tweaks for Yoast SEO 3.4
  • Minor CSS tweaks for ACF Pro
  • Minor CSS tweaks for WP 4.6
  • SVG icons for Admin Collapse Sub Pages


  • Compatibility with WP Rocket
  • Compatibility with All in One SEO Pack Pro
  • Minor CSS tweaks for WP 4.3 compatibility
  • Minor CSS tweaks for ACF 5.2.9 compatibility
  • Minor CSS tweaks to keep Plugins list screen minimal
  • Tested against sample data


  • Minor CSS tweaks for WordPress v4.0+ compatibility
  • Minor CSS tweaks for ACF v5.0+ Pro compatibility
  • Minor CSS bug fix for Firefox on lists of pages
  • Minor CSS tweaks for WordPress multisite
  • Remove howdy from admin menu bar
  • Fix for redirection error for some user roles


  • Bug fix for Gravity Forms / Backup Buddy menu conflict


  • Major Update which includes compatibility with WordPress 3.7, MP6 & various other plugins.


  • Original Commit