An Unobstrusive ‘Dashboard’ Link

——  Posted on August 6, 2013  ——

WordPress Admin Bar Alternatives

About a month ago I came across a simple solution for an unobtrusive ‘edit’ link in WordPress. I’ve been rocking it for about month now, and can honestly say that I haven’t missed the big, grey WP Admin bar a bit. I just have one problem; I’ve found myself using the edit button to get to the WordPress Dashboard rather than to edit a specific article or page.

That doesn’t sit very well with my OCD, so I finally took a few minutes to add my spin to the concept which is simply adding a WordPress dashboard link to go along with the edit post link. Woo!

dashboard

The PHP

Place this code anywhere on your page, and then add the CSS below to your style sheet.


<?php
global $current_user;
get_currentuserinfo();
if ($current_user->user_level == 10 )echo '<a href="/wp-admin/" title="Dashboard">Dashboard</a>';
else echo '';
?>

The CSS


a.dashboard-link {
    overflow: hidden;
    display: inline-block;
    text-indent: -99em;
    white-space: nowrap;
    height: 24px;
    width: 24px;
    position: fixed;
    top: 25px;
    left: 15px;
    z-index: 9999999;
    background-position: -59px -35px;
    background-image: url("../../../../wp-admin/images/menu.png");
    }

Note: If you want to use this in addition to the ‘edit’ link, you will have to adjust the position of the edit button in your css.