WordPress Plugin: WP Admin Bar Reloaded

NOTE: This plugin is no longer in development, so I recommend Viper’s WordPress Admin Bar. If that one doesn’t work for some reason, this one still does.

WP Admin Bar ReloadedWP Admin Bar is an indispensable WordPress plugin which displays links to the Administration Panel at the top of a blog’s page – but only for users who are logged in and have permission to view the given functions.

I find this plugin to be absolutely essential to my enjoyment of WordPress. It allows me to easily jump back and forth between viewing the blog and various management functions on the back end. If you’ve never used it before you’re going to wonder how you got by without it all this time.

I’ve personally been using the WP Admin Bar from Matt Read since I started using WordPress. But with the update to WordPress 2.1 it isn’t functioning properly, Matt hasn’t updated the plugin in almost a year, and his site is currently very broken – so I decided to make the changes myself.

While I was modifying the plugin I made a number of other changes including:

  • Removed support for WP 1.5. This cuts the coding in half.
  • Removed the random message generator. No need to spend CPU cycles on this.
  • Added new Admin links directly to “Users” and “Comments” moderation.
  • Updated the links to work properly in WP 2.1.x
  • Removed the automatic STYLE insertion into the WP Header.

Please Note:

If you are using my Rapid Access theme, you don’t need to do anything other than install and activate the plugin. The theme already has all of the code in it!

Frequently Asked Questions (that I’m sure are coming)

Q: Why did you remove the automatic STYLE insertion?
A: Because style rules should always be embedded into your site’s style sheet. There are too many reasons to list. It will only take you a minute to cut and paste them.

Q: Why did you remove support for WP1.5?
A: I don’t have a working copy to test it on, plus you can keep using Matt’s old version.

Q: Why are there different versions for 2.0.x and 2.1.x?
A: Because the WP developers made some slight changes that have to be compensated for.

Instructions (PLEASE READ!):

1.) If you are upgrading from the old WP Admin Bar use the Plugin Manager to disable it. If you do not, there WILL be a problem.
2.) Download, unzip and upload WP Admin Bar Reloaded to your plugins directory. wp-admin-bar-reloaded.zip

  • If your blog is running WordPress 2.0.x upload only the version titled: wp-admin-bar-reloaded-v2_0.php.
  • If your blog is running WordPress 2.1.x upload only the version titled: wp-admin-bar-reloaded-v2_1.php.
  • There is only one difference between these two files. It has to do with the link to the Write page.

3.) Activate the plugin in WordPress.
4.) Add the following lines to the very end of your “style.css” or “style.php” file.

#wp-admin-bar {margin:0; padding:5px; background:#f9f9f9; border:1px solid #666; clear:both; text-align:center}
#wp-admin-bar ul {margin:0; padding:0}
#wp-admin-bar ul li {list-style-type:none; display:inline; margin:0 10px; padding:0}

5.) Add the following line to your “header.php” file immediately after the “<body>” tag:

<?php if(function_exists('wp_admin_bar')) wp_admin_bar(); ?>

6.) Enjoy!

If you have any problems or find a bug please drop me a comment below.

EDITED April 11, 2007: Someone sent me a private message offering a donation because they found this useful. So I added the following “license” information:

This plugin is distributed under the Nice Person license as PostcardWare. Please use it, modify it, build commercial Web sites around it, and make the Web a faster, more accessible place. Here is what you could do for me in return:

  1. If you could provide a link back to any article you find useful on One Man’s Blog from your Web site I sure would appreciate it.
  2. If you discover ways to improve the speed, accessibilty or features of this plugin, please let me know.
  3. Do something nice for someone you don’t know today.
  4. Finally, if you really like it, drop me an old fashioned post card in the mail! That would be completely awesome! You can send them to:
    John Pozadzides
    PO Box 2591
    Frisco, TX 75034

I’ll publish the really interesting ones, so include a URL!

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