Admin Menu Editor For WordPress

Admin Menu Editor is a WordPress plugin that will let you manually edit the Dashboard menu. You can reorder the menus, show/hide specific items, change access rights, and more.


  • Sort menu items any way you want by simple drag & drop.
  • Move a menu item to a different submenu via cut & paste.
  • Edit any existing menu – change the title, access rights, menu icon and so on. Note that in the free version you can’t relax menu permissions – i.e. give access rights to a role that originally didn’t have them – but you can change them to be more restrictive.
  • Hide/show any menu or menu item. A hidden menu is invisible to all users, including administrators.
  • Create custom menus that point to any part of the Dashboard. For example, you could create a new menu leading directly to the “Pending comments” page.

Here’s a screenshot :

Admin Menu Editor screenshot

This plugin also has a Pro version that offers a bunch of extra features.


The latest version of the plugin is always available on

Requirements :

  • WordPress 3.0 or later
  • PHP 5.2 or later

Known Issues

The basic idea for the plugin was suggested by several commenters way back in October. However, the internal menu system that WordPress uses is obscure and unsuitable for direct manipulation, so I spent quite a while inventing workarounds. And even after a few weeks of pondering, there are some things I haven’t quite fixed.

  • If you delete any of the default menus they will reappear after saving. This is not a bug, it’s a feature 😉
  • As I mentioned before, the access rights required for using a particular menu item can’t be lowered, but can be made more strict. This has been fixed in the Pro version.
  • Plugin menus that are moved to a different submenu will not work unless you put the full page URL in the “URL” field. This is because WP “ties” the menu item to it’s parent menu and won’t recognize it in a different submenu.
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524 Responses to “Admin Menu Editor For WordPress”

  1. Jānis Elsts says:

    There are a couple of different things that can cause that. The three most likely possibilities are:

    a) A PHP error. Take a look at the PHP error log and see if there are any entries where the timestamp matches the time when you tried to save menu settings.

    b) An excessively aggressive or misconfigured firewall. Is the server running ModSecurity or anything similar? In some configurations, a firewall like that can incorrectly flag the “save changes” request as malicious and block it. Please check the firewall logs if you have access to them. This problem can usually be fixed by adjusting firewall settings.

    c) Low request size limits on the web server. Some hosting providers impose very strict limits on how much data you can send with a HTTP POST request. The menu configuration can be pretty large – 100 KB or more – which is sometimes enough to exceed those limits. You can probably find out if this is what’s going on by checking the web server’s error log (not the same thing as the PHP error log), but I’m not certain about this one.

  2. Justs says:

    The provider loosened up the PHP-rights of the website and now everything works like it should. Thanks for the reply!

  3. Hobbs says:

    Unable to use this plugin now, due to whenever updating a page while this is enabled, the website just loads a ‘page cannot be displayed’ error and nothing updates.

    Will have to disable the plugin until next update.

    Hope you can fix this.

  4. Jānis Elsts says:

    Thank you for the report. To fix the problem, it would be useful to know what actually caused it. Are there any recent entries in your PHP error log? How high is the PHP memory usage on your site? If it’s already close to the limit, installing this plugin might be enough to push it over and cause errors like the one you’ve encountered.

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