If you manage or administer a Multi-Author Blog in form of an online news publishing portal or any form of WordPress blog where you require too many writers, it’s quite difficult to organize the WordPress dashboard, keeping in mind that many or at least, some of your authors may not be acquainted or much comfortable to use the WordPress content management system. So it is only advisable that one must make certain customizations to the WordPress CMS that cater to their organizational needs.
Organizing is something you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
The most common reasons people look forward to making tweaks in the WordPress garage a.k.a, the WordPress dashboard can be:
1.They don’t want their competition to know what Content Management System they are making use of. Although many people nowadays are well acquainted with WordPress but still many organizations who administer multi-author blog have succeeded in concealing their CMS thoroughly to beat the competition in the market.
2.They wouldn’t want their editors, authors, contributors and subscribers to get lost trying to figure out how-tos of WordPress backend functionalities but instead want them to concentrate more on content and productivity.
3.They are simply wary of the basic color and structure of the dashboard and want to give it a rejuvenating look and feel and go for the complete decluttering process.
4.They want to personalize the entire site, along with the backstage workstation with their personal branding, including logo, graphics, background, and icons to give a homely feel to their audience and users.
5.They wouldn’t want people (including their very own authors and editors) to know what plugins and other excess resources they are using to manage their great site.
Whatever be it your reason, all you need to do is install a FREE plugin from the plugins library called “AG Custom Admin”. Alternatively, you can also download it from
Here are few of the things you can do with your Multi-Author blog, after installing this plugin:
Hide the admin bar on top
Hide/keep the log-out button
Add your own logo in dashboard (like the picture of mountain above)
Add clickable link to that logo
Add header image (similar to the grassland, as seen in the picture above)
Hide WordPress logo
Hide WordPress menu
Hide the site name
Block update notifications
Change Howdy text
Change log out text
Add custom blog heading (can use HTML)
Add own page title template
Change WordPress footer and version text
Change dashboard heading
Add custom dashboard content (including HTML)
Hide “Welcome” widget
Hide “Activity” widget
Hide “Quick Draft” widget
Hide “At a Glance” widget
Hide “WordPress News” widget
Hide secondary widget area
Hide/Change “Back to Blog” text
Change login header image
Add clickable link to that login header image
Hide login header image
Make login form box, rounded
Hide/Change register link
Hide lost password link
Completely/Partly hide the left menu
Add new clickable links in the left menu (like Facebook, Twitter, or any third-party links)
Auto-fold left menu
Hide menu icons
Add logo image to left menu with clickable link
Change entire background color
Change login page background color
Change admin bar colors
Change button background color
Change button text color
Change widget color
Thus, now you have your own customized backend theme for your Multi-Author blog. Free of clutter and distractions, with look and feel of your own front-end theme.