The Sweet Plugin: Ozh’ Admin Menu Drop Down


Today’s Sweet Plugin tweaks the WordPress Dashboard a bit. And by a bit I mean it’s a change you will definitely notice when you activate it. Today’s plugin moves the admin menu to the top of the page and enables drop downs on the menu.

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The video is embedded at the top of this post’s page, with more about the plugin below.

Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu

Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu will move your WordPress Dashboard menu from the left, where it normally sits, to the top of your screen. The horizontal menu will also include drop downs, so you can jump directly to pages you’re looking for when you hover.

As I said in the video, this drastic change is a bit too much for me. But, I can see the appeal it might have to some people. Try it out, maybe it’s for you!

Video recorded with version 3.5.4 of Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu, running WordPress 3.1.3.

About the plugin author

Ozh Richards is a well know WordPress and plugin developer. Most recently he wrote a book called Professional WordPress Plugin Development with Justin Tadlock and Brad Williams. You can check out our interview with all three of them here.

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5 thoughts on “The Sweet Plugin: Ozh’ Admin Menu Drop Down

  1. I wonder how this works with WordPress 3.2, as you know they have a drop-out menu of their own which is quite cool as you mentioned. Not sure this plugin has a big future, although it’s quite cool from the dev point of view to see how Ozh will deal with the transition. Anyways, from the usability point of view drop-down/right/left menus are not the best choice, but definitely a sexy one.

    Quick question — how do the localized strings fit in the WordPress 3.2 menu? I’m not worried about the parts that drop down, but “Appearance” can be quite a longer word in some other language don’t you think?

    • I think Ozh’ plugin has a future as long as anyone wants a horizontal drop down navigation. Besides, I think he likes it, so I’m sure he’ll keep it around for that reason if nothing else :).

      I’m not sure about your localized string question, though.

  2. I don’t think I’d be willing to use this on just any old install of WordPress – I’m pretty happy with the current dashboard. Also, since so many people are familiar with WordPress, a lot of my clients like that their staff are already comfortable with it. That said, this plugin is a life saver for me in the sense that I do have 2 or 3 clients who require as much screen real-estate as is humanely possibly on their dashboard due to some custom app development that they access through the back end.

  3. I have used this plugin for years now on every WP install I have. I absolutely love it!! It kind of freaks me out a bit when I work on someone else’s install and they don’t have it installed, I’ve just gotten so used to the way the dashboard works with the plugin.

  4. Thanks Ryan. I found this plugin a few years ago and I love it! I install it on every site and I change the color of the bar to match the color scheme of my site (just because). I like it because I am not a fan of constant scrolling up or down a page to locate the item I need to click on. I also have wide monitors that allow the menu to expand across the top of my screen. I find it more efficient and intuitive.

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