Hiding the WordPress dashboard area from users or non-admins is popular among WordPress site owners.

Here’s a couple of reasons why you would want to hide the WordPress dashboard area from users:

  • You want to improve the user experience for your customers.
  • Have a “cleaner” design for your site.
  • You don’t want user’s to be aware of your tech stack (software used) on your site.

There’s no downfall in allowing customers into the backend of your website. As mentioned in the points above it’s mainly for an aesthetic point of view.

Requirements

To achieve the desired results, you will need to install the following two plugins:

Installing Hide Admin Bar from Non-Admins

This plugin doesn’t have any settings that need to be changed. It will hide the admin bar from the frontend of WordPress for all user’s except administrators. This does not restrict access to the WordPress dashboard, that’s where the Remove Dashboard Access plugin comes into play.

Installation Guide:

  1. Upload the hide-admin-bar-from-non-admins directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory of your site.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Tweak the plugin code as needed. There are no settings, and this plugin will not be updated often.

Installing Remove Dashboard Access

  1. Search ‘Remove Dashboard Access’ from the Install Plugins screen inside your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Install plugin, click Activate.
Steps to install the Remove Dashboard Access plugin from the WordPress dashboard.
Steps to install the Remove Dashboard Access plugin from the WordPress dashboard.

Configuring the Remove Dashboard Access Plugin

The Remove Dashboard Access plugin is fairly easy to setup as it has options that make sense.

After installing the plugin, you should have a menu item under Settings > Dashboard Access.

Remove Dashboard Access admin menu item.
Remove Dashboard Access admin menu item.

Once you’ve navigated to the settings page for the Remove Dashboard Access plugin, this is where we will configure how to handle non-admins.

Settings For Remove Dashboard Access

  • Dashboard Access: these settings are used for deciding which default user roles have access to the WordPress dashboard.
  • Redirect URL: Where you want user’s to be redirected to when they try to access the WordPress dashboard.
  • User Profile Access: This will allow users access to the WordPress dashboard, only to edit their profile information. See notes in Summary.
  • Login Message: This will appear above the login form on the wp-login.php page.
Settings page for Remove Dashboard Access plugin.
Settings page for Remove Dashboard Access plugin.

Something For Developers

You are able to follow this guide and use code provided by Jeroen to get a deeper understanding on how the above plugins have been built and work.

You may be interested in our article for the ‘right’ way to customize WordPress when working with custom code inside your WordPress projects.

Summary

In this article you should have learned how to hide your WordPress dashboard and admin bar from non-members by using plugins or using custom code.

This should help improve your customer’s experience overall.

Side Note: Theme My Login allows for frontend profile editing.

Theme My Login is a plugin that has similar functionalities for this. However some of these features aren’t free and require a paid version of their Add Ons to achieve.

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