Angsuman’s WordPress 2.0 / 1.5.x Dashboard Replacement: How to Trim The Fat Resource Hogging WordPress Admin Dashboard

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, December 27, 2005

WordPress developers are adding their preferred feeds to WordPress Admin Dashboard (from WordPress 1.5 onwards), which significantly slows up loading the Admin Dashboard.

Additionally few essential information has been removed frfom the official version of admin dashboard and also some information moved to hard-to-get locations in order to accomodate their copious feed data.

This drop-in replacement provides you with a lean and mean WordPress Admin Dashboard, lots of essential goodies without the fluff and super-fast.

This is version 3 of the popular WordPress 1.5 Admin DashBoard Hack.

This version looks nicer and incorporated some ideas from official WordPress 2.0 Admin Dashboard. It has been designed for improved usability. If you liked my previous version, you are going to love it even more.

Download: WordPress Admin Dashboard Replacement

Installation: Rename wp-admin/index.php to wp-admin/index.php.old
Grab the index.php from the downloaded zip file and drop it in your wp-admin directory.

In essence you are replacing the original version of the Admin Dashboard with the new version.

Alternative Installation: You can instead copy the index.php file to wp-content/plugins/ directory. This solution has the advantage that you can upgrade your WordPress installation in future by simply replacing the wp-admin directory, without having to save the index.php (and replacing it later).

The major downside of this approach is that this would not load the new Admin Dashboard automatically after you login. However if you click on the Dashboard link in the menu, the new Dashboard will be loaded correctly. This is a limitation of WordPress architecture.

Note: The alternative installation can be also used with the earlier version of the Dashboard hack.

February 15, 2009: 12:10 pm

Hello, I can’t understand how to add your blog ( ) in my rss reader
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February 5, 2009: 11:58 am

yes it is great. I regret I just now :( More bandwith

February 3, 2009: 11:53 pm

Hello, I can’t understand how to add your blog ( ) in my rss reader

October 15, 2007: 5:15 am

My previous comment refers to Wordpress 2.3, I forgot to say…

October 15, 2007: 5:13 am

The dashboard still works if you replace the blog stat section (after line 24 in the replacement file) with the section from the new wp-admin/index.php (as of line 100).

Otherwise the stats break due to the new way in which categories and tags have been included and are called.

See here: New taxonomy

March 31, 2007: 4:45 am

This excellent dashbaord replacement indeed works smoothly with Wordpress 2.1.2.

One little mistake to be rectified in line 107 of index.php: The link to writing a post should be “post-new.php” and not “post.php”.

Thanks guys!

February 1, 2007: 10:39 am

Much faster and it still works perfectly after the big upgrade to WP2.1. Thanks!

January 28, 2007: 9:12 am

I’ve added a few of my own favorites to the Dashboard, including internal shortcuts, plus external links, and a feed of my own choice.

I’d like to distribute it on my website (above). I’ll upload the website. Would appreciate you letting me know if this is okay. My adaptation draws heavily on yours.

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October 2, 2006: 10:50 pm

Thanks for the fix man! You’re a life saver

October 1, 2006: 1:23 pm

Thank you thank you thank you!

July 21, 2006: 10:16 am

Thats normal Joy, also with other software like smf forum etc. They give you latest news or feeds. Important for Updates. But they should make an extra option to disable or enable it.


July 21, 2006: 2:07 am

I agree.. this is very usefull..

July 12, 2006: 1:03 pm

Yeah! Same for me, thanks!

May 23, 2006: 9:46 am

Wow… Thank you for removing the superfluous WordPress links off the Dashboard. While I can understand the developer’s need to convey important news, I’m of the opinion that it’s up to me whether or not I want to have that info spoonfed to me or if it’s info that I seek out. Thanks again for creating a leaner admin index page and for sharing it with the class.

January 13, 2006: 8:27 am

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January 9, 2006: 1:25 pm

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December 30, 2005: 4:29 pm

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