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. Ozh says:

    Brian Bailey » Please read the doc here

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  15. Abby says:

    Too cool, I agree with everyone else, this is a total must-have. Thanks!

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  18. Mat says:

    wow..nice plugin thanks
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  19. oleg says:

    Thanks for interesting post

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  23. Holly says:

    When I have this plugin enabled; everything on the right side of the toolbar including 'username', 'log out', and 'help' end up not being clickable links. If I disable the plugin those links work again. Any idea how I can fix this without losing this wonderful plugin?

  24. Ozh says:

    Holly » I don't have a "Help" link with this plugin… You sure you're running it? :)

  25. Holly says:

    I'm pretty sure I'm running it right. I took a cap of what I'm talking about. I highlighted in red the three links that won't work if the plugin is active. The only link next to the highlighted ones that works is the forum link whether the plugin is active or not.


  26. Ozh says:

    Holly » You're not supposed to see those Help and Forums links. There must be a javascript error somewhere, probably caused by a nasty plugin.

  27. Holly says:

    Oh. How does one logout then if those links aren't suppose to be shown? I can't find any logout link within the drop down menus.

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    Tiger Style Administration 3.0 – OFF
    WordPress Database Backup 2.1.5 – ON

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    Great plugin. I think, your plugin is very usefull.

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    Holly » Only "Howdy Ozh – Logout" are supposed to show.

  32. Holly says:

    Ozh, so what should I do?

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    great, this will definitely speed up my work with wp.
    thanks for sharing :)

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  40. Alex says:


    Thanks for the plug-in. I just in my blog and implemented with WordPress 2.5.1, it is easily compatible. In addition, I have the Fluency plug-in, which has a different feeling in the admin area provides.

    Greetings Alex ..

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  42. Kristie says:

    Hi, Just wanted to say thank you so much for this great plugin. I just upgraded wordpress, and found the new version a little bit of a pain in the ass to get around, now this makes it so simple. I have downloaded and started using a number of your plugins and really appreicate all the work you do! Thanks!

  43. Team Nirvana says:

    A great plugin to enhance the admin's work and yeah, I do agree with your 2nd point of "Enough lazyness to feel that sparing a click or two each day is worth it" is true to the core.Ha ha ha

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful tool.

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