On: 2006/01/19
Shorter URL for this page: http://ozh.in/kl

One of the first things I wanted to improve in the admin area of my WordPress blog, back in the 1.5 days, was the header menu. I wanted to be able to reach any admin page in one click, instead of first clicking on the first level link ("Manage" for example) and then only on a submenu link ("Comments") So came a very neat plugin : the WordPress Admin Drop Down Menu

When WordPress 2.7 and its new and optimized user interface came, I thought there was still room for improvements: a horizontal menu gave the admin area more of a "desktop application" feel, and I think it's superior to a vertical menu. So I updated the WordPress Admin Drop Down Menu.


Get the plugin :

Download the plugin :
Extract and upload to your blog, preserving directory structure.
Note: download counter here and stats on wordpress.org may differ and reflect the number of downloads before this plugin was hosted on the plugin directory

Activate and enjoy. Another friendly install & forget piece of PHP.


  • Customizable color scheme with a neat color picker
  • Normal mode for regular users, compact mode for real estate maniacs, minimal mode for those who never have enough
  • Optional cute icons from FamFamFam
  • Enhanced compatibility with handheld devices
  • Joy and happiness for every day

Javascript is involved for advanced features and to make stuff compatible with MSIE6, but on any decent browser everything works even with Javascript disabled.

Super neat color picking.

Any color you'll love.

Normal or compact display.

Browser compatibility

The plugin has been developed on Firefox 3, Chrome and MSIE7. It should do fine with MSIE6 and Safari too.

There are glitches with Firefox 2 and Camino which both use a deprecated rendering engine. There are also glitches with Opera. I won't fix these, but if anyone wants to submit a CSS patch to resolve one of these issue, you're welcome :)

Developer friendly

The plugin comes with a wickedly cool API that will allow other plugin developers to interact with it, like adding your own custom icon for your plugin. Read the API for Coders page for examples and documentation. Also, all elements the plugin produces get custom CSS classes and id's to allow easy styling or selecting.


The plugin is ready for interglobanalization and there is a .pot template file included so polyglots can even make their own translation and sent the .mo and .po files to me that I'll include in the package.

The plugin comes with the following translations, in no particular order:

And maybe more since I might totally forget to update this list :)

Older Versions

All my plugins are designed to run on the latest WordPress version available. Upgrade WordPress whenever a new version is out, or be sorry when your site gets compromised.

If for some unintelligent reason you need to get an older version of this plugin, it might be available, yet totally unsupported or recommended. Check here: Other versions.

Feedback, Bug report, Feature request

Sure. Feed me back. Like it? Blog about it. Love it? Click on the download link, see the Paypal button appear, and give it some clicks!

If you're reporting bugs, you're welcome, but please provide a screenshot and informations about your browser & your OS. I'm not supporting deprecated blogs or plugins or browsers, and I can't respond to incomplete bug reports.

If you're suggesting a feature, you're welcome too, but I won't add an admin menu on the public side of the blog, on top of pages. If you're looking after having this menu fixed on top of page, check this companion plugin that works as a plugin to this plugin: Admin Menus Fixed.

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This page "WordPress Plugin : Admin Drop Down Menu" was posted on 19/01/2006 at 10:28 am
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  1. ozan sumer says:

    thanks.. very good

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  6. I love this plugin! The only trouble I have is on mobile and other touch screen devices like the iPhone and the Nokia 700/N800/N810. Because these touch screen devices don't generate a 'hover' event, you have to tap/click to get the menu to drop down. Because there is a link at the root of each menu, the browser will start going to that link without waiting for you to find and tap the menu item you actually want! Thus, for instance it is (nearly) impossible to ever get to the 'widgets' page, because you are directed to the 'design' main page every time you hit that menu!

    Following is the worlds quickest and dirtiest fix. Please consider taking out the link at menu root in a future version!

    Patched version 2.1:

    1. --- wp_ozh_adminmenu.php    (revision 270)
    2. +++ wp_ozh_adminmenu.php    (working copy)
    3. @@ -55,7 +55,7 @@
    4.         $anchor = $v['name'];
    5.         $class  = $v['class'];
    7. -       $ozh_menu .= "\t<a>$anchor</a>";
    8. +       $ozh_menu .= "\t<a>$anchor</a>";
    9.         if (is_array($v['sub'])) {
    11.             $ulclass='';
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  12. BigMan says:

    This is one of the most useful plugins I've found so far.

    Absolutely top notch.

  13. MixbaL says:

    great. ty

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  18. iwebie says:

    nice plugin here mate. Very useful

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  21. Stephen R says:

    Heads Up! In WP 2.6, the Plugins menu adds a little number when there are plugins that have updates available. (They're the same as the number on the Comments menu when there are comments in moderation.)

    With this plugin activated, the Menu simply reads "Plugins 2" (or whatever the number….)

  22. Les says:

    It also hides the "Turbo" link for adding Gears support to 2.6.

    Other than that, still works nicely, especially with Fluency Admin.

  23. Ozh says:

    All » 2.2 available, update! Back to my offline vacations :)

  24. Andy says:

    Hi dude! Actually I've used "Lighter Menus" so far because it simply worked like a charm. But the feature of your plugin to use it with Fluency is just too cool. Great work! Gonna give it a try.

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  28. Les says:

    Thanks for the updated version – does what it should, but doesn't seem to play nicely with Fluency any more. I'll report it on the Fluency forum, too, but you can see my screenshot here.

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  32. Ozh says:

    Les » Damn. Will check and hopefully fix in early august :)

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  36. wildgames says:

    :D The new version works fine with WP 2.6 . Many thanks!

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  38. Stephanie says:

    The new version broke in 2.6 with Fluency on my site — it took up about 90% of the page width, obscuring everything else.

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  42. James Pearce says:

    Great plugin for the admin panel – nice to see someone develop a plugin for this that is consistent across Firefox and IE, and even works with IE6 properly still :D

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