The Qwerty Admin Panel Theme is a plugin for WordPress 2.7 (tested up to 2.8) that styles the admin panel and login screen for all users, allowing you to configure groups of colors through an options page, and css through a stylesheet. Also, it allows you to swap the wordpress logos with your own logo images, makes your favicon appear in the admin pages and allows you to hide certain parts of the admin interface to end users.
It can be useful in helping to maintain your design, color schemes and branding on multi-author blogs and sites with user-contributed content, adding a nice touch to sites developed for clients, or simply personalizing your blog’s administration, look and feel.
Download the qwerty-admin .zip file and unpack it in your /wp-content/plugins/ directory, then enable it from your Plugins menu.
Usage / Configuration
While the Qwerty Admin Panel Theme Plugin has some defaults that you might like and keep, it’s basic purpose is to make the customization process quick and easy.
The options page is under Design –> Qwerty Admin Panel Theme. From there you can configure groups of colors.
In the qwerty-admin/images/ folder there are three images, which appear in the login screen (logo-login.png), the upper left corner of the admin panel (logo-ghost.png) and the upper right corner, on the panel’s header (logo-head.png). You can substitute these with your own – read the plugin’s readme.txt for details.
The plugin also points to a /favicon.ico which you probably have in your / directory.
If you need to enter any style information of your own, you can do so in a file named qwerty-admin-imports.css, which doesn’t come with the theme but will be loaded if you create it. This way, you can update everything without worrying of losing your customizations.
Currently the plugin uses the /wp-admin/css/colors-fresh.css file to get its initial styles from, and the only information it fiddles with is colors and images. Of course, you can change dimensions to suit your needs by entering your styles in the imports file.
The limited interface options work with wordpress capabilities, checking if the user has the “Limited interface” capability and hiding certain parts of the admin interface in that case.
The options panel provides toggles to quickly hide the Dashboard, Media and Comments menus. You can place any other css styles you wish to apply for that role in a file named qwerty-admin-limited.css in your plugin directory and it will be automatically included.
Post a comment if you have any questions / suggestions / bugs / improvements / praise / criticism to share.
- A whole lot of bug fixes (thanks, Frank)
- Custom css for the limited interface
- Rewritten for the 2.7 admin panel.
- New “Limited Interface” features.
- Update friendly default images.
Initial Release! Features changing colors by entering a hex number, makes your favicon appear on the admin interface and swaps the default images with ones you supply.
To do list
You can help with that: If you have any ideas for improving this plugin post a comment!
I will be working on these next:
- Drop down / text fields for specifying different image files and stylesheets
- Some predefined color schemes
- Integrating the Farbtastic color picker into the options page