The Best WordPress Admin Themes

WordPress Administration can be a bland and boring thing, after a while it becomes tiresome. Time for a change, freshen things up. The availability of WP Admin themes is not great, so below to make things easier for everyone I have compiled a list of the best admin themes available.

These themes are not only good for personal use, but also for your clients, makes it easier to customize to there style.

Below are ‘The Best WordPress Admin Themes You Could Possibly Find’.

1. WP Tiger Administration (http://orderedlist.com)

WP Tiger Administration

Name: WP Tiger Administration.
Plugin URL: http://orderedlist.com/wptiger.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2-2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Firefox and Safari only.

2. AFD WP2 Admin (http://aenonfiredesign.com)

AFD WP2 Admin

Name: AFD WP2 Admin.
Author URL: http://aenonfiredesign.com.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3. (Older versions available for download).
Browser Compatibility: IE7, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

3. Js Style Admin + Drop Menus (http://jsbox.net/283)

Js Style Admin + Drop Menus

Name: Js Style Admin + Drop Menus.
Plugin URL: http://jsbox.net/283.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: IE7, Firefox, Opera and Safari.
Notes: This Admin theme is based on the SpotMilk Admin. Its available in two colors: green and blue.

4. WP NiceAdmin (http://www.douglaskarr.com/projects/niceadmin/)

WP NiceAdmin

Name: WP NiceAdmin.
Plugin URL: …projects/niceadmin/.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 1.5 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: IE7, Firefox, Opera and Safari.
Notes: This Admin theme is also based on the SpotMilk Admin.

5. Planet X7 WP Admin (http://www.sevban.com/wordpress/planet-x7)

 Planet X7 WP Admin

Name: Planet X7 WP Admin.
Plugin URL: …wordpress-admin-theme/.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Opera, Firefox, IE 7 and there is a few minor problems with IE 6 (no surprise there then).

6. WP Barunio Administration (http://barunsingh.com/software/wp-admin)

 WP Barunio Administration

Name: WP Barunio Administration.
Plugin URL: …arunio-administration/.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Firefox and Safari only.
Notes: This theme is great for your clients, it is very easy to customize.

7. MyDashboard Plugin (http://dev.clearskys.net/Wordpress/MyDashboard)

 MyDashboard Plugin

Name: MyDashboard Plugin.
Plugin URL: …Wordpress/MyDashboard.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Opera, Firefox and IE 7.
Notes: This theme needs a fair bit of tweaking to get to work the way you want it to (if I had the time I would). Have a look at all the amazing features though: Drag and drop to reorder the gadgets location to your liking, add or remove gadgets at will, fully extend-able – easily add your own gadgets to the dashboard using the very simple API, skinable – The look of the dashboard can be changed simply by selecting a different skin (CSS style sheet)…

8. B I T B Y B I T WP Administration (http://bitbybit.wordpress.com/code/wordpress)

Name: B I T B Y B I T WP Administration.
Plugin URL: …admin-theme-preview/.
Author URL: None, no longer being supported.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Opera, Firefox and IE 7.
Notes: No longer being developed by the author, make sure you read the ‘known issues‘ section.

9. SHUTTLE WP Admin (http://www.brokenkode.com/shuttle)

 SHUTTLE WP Admin

Name: B I T B Y B I T WP Administration.
Plugin URL: http://www.brokenkode.com/shuttle.
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Opera, Firefox, Safari and IE.
Notes: This theme is not ready yet for download, but worth having a look. This will be the future of WP Admin themes. This will no doubt be the number 1 when it is released.

10. Spotmilk Admin Theme v2.2.1 (http://code.google.com…)

 Spotmilk Admin Theme v2.2.1

Name: Spotmilk Admin Theme v2.2.1.
Plugin URL: http://code.google.com.
Author URL: http://ceprix.net (Its a dead link).
WP Compatibility: WordPress 2 – 2.3.
Browser Compatibility: Opera, Firefox, Safari and IE.
Notes: The URL for the author doesn’t work, but I did manage to find a download link via Google Code. This theme is the base for a few of the other themes.

How to install your new Admin Theme

1. Download the plugin.
2. Copy/Move the Plugin to your WordPress Plugin Folder.
3. Activate the Plugin in your WordPress Admin
4. Hope it works!!!!!!!!! Of course it will.

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Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.

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