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How to add your own widget to the WordPress Dashboard

wordpress-iconNow that we’ve removed a few widgets, perhaps it’s time we add our own simple info box to the WordPress Dashboard.

For example, we could provide a direct link to our support services. It’s handy for clients to know help is just a click away.

Here’s how to add a simple box like that:

Add this code to your theme’s functions.php file. Note that if you (or your client) activates a different theme the widget will disappear.

Here’s what the code does: first we create a function that simply writes out the text that’s displayed inside our widget (contact_help). Next in register_widgets we register our widget in the WordPress Dashboard. This won’t do anything yet, as the register_widgets function is not called. We do that in the next step when we hook it into the wp_dashboard_setup action.

Remember this is sample code – you probably want to prefix your own functions with something unique.

You can find out more in the WordPress Widget API.

WordPress Workflow

In this video we will take a look at the basics of working with WordPress. I’ll show you how to use the “back end” and the “front end” at the same time with two open browser tabs.  I will also demonstrate how a change you make to your website will become live on your front page.

Getting to know your Dashboard

Get up-close and personal with the WordPress Dashboard!

In this screencast I will explain how to operate and customise your first port of call after login. You’ll learn all about how to customise the amount of information you’re greeted with and how to move the dashboard boxes around. Well worth watching even for seasoned WordPressers – you may notice something you’ve never spotted before.