How to simplify your WordPress admin panel

I often hear people bemoaning the fact that the WordPress admin panel has become way too cluttered. Even Matt Mullenweg finds this to be true. But while we wait for the team at Automattic to deliver a more simple WordPress, there are a couple of quick and easy things you can do to simplify your WordPress admin panel.

First, you can install a free plugin called Simple Admin Menu Editor and if you play the video, you’ll see how to install this straight from you WP admin. Second, you can use that little “screen options” tab that sits at the top of your WP admin screen. If you click it, you’ll see some check boxes. This will allow you to de-clutter the main body of your dashboard.

Within 5 minutes, you should have your WordPress dashboard looking like a zen garden – minimal beauty! This tutorial is aimed at anyone daunted by the WordPress admin panel. It may be particularly useful to those working with clients who are new to the WordPress platform. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

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About the Author: Will Ellington

Originally from the UK, I currently live in Osaka, Japan, where I work in higher education. I’ve been a WordPress user since 2004 and have developed numerous projects with it over the years. Wpliving is a place to share things i've learnt along the way, and to explore innovations in WordPress too.


  1. Thanks, really useful tips which I may use for some of my less confident clients to give them a simpler interface. Surprised there was no sound on the video but I assume it was meant to be that way – interesting – slower but it works – did you do that to make it more accessible to people for whom English is not their native language?

    1. Thanks Peter. Glad this little post was of some use. Regarding the lack of sound, I was experimenting this time with a silent tutorial precisely for the reasons you mention. But I think all things considered, it’s still better with voice. More engaging, more efficient and ultimately easier to produce.

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