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How to Hide WordPress Admin Menu Items with Zero-Code?

Simplify your WordPress Admin Menu customization by learning how to hide any of the menu and sub-menu items for specific user roles effortlessly using WP Admin Cleaner. Streamline your website management without any coding hassle. Take control and declutter your dashboard with this step-by-step method!
Mohammed Wasim Akram
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Last Updated: July 28, 2023
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If you're a WordPress beginner or a website owner, you've probably faced the frustration of cluttered admin menus, making it difficult to manage your site efficiently. Wouldn't it be great if you could tailor the menu and sub-menu items based on specific user roles, simplifying the experience for everyone?

Well, here's the good news! I've discovered a game-changing solution that will empower you to do just that – effortlessly! In this tutorial, I'll walk you through a step-by-step process of hiding WordPress Admin Menu Items based on user roles by using the mighty WP Admin Cleaner plugin, all without writing a single line of code.

Imagine having the ability to show certain menu or sub-menu items to your editors, while hiding them from authors. Or providing your clients with a sleek, customized dashboard tailored to their needs. With real-life relatable examples, you'll see just how powerful and versatile this approach can be.

I'll walk you through the process of decluttering your dashboard, ensuring a seamless user experience for yourself and your team with this innovative, no-code approach to streamline your website management. No more wasting time searching for options buried in menus, just a smooth and efficient WordPress experience.

Let's dive in together and take control like never before!

Types of Hidable WordPress Admin Menu Items

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In this section, I'll introduce you to the various types of WordPress admin menu items that can be easily hidden. We'll explore how you can simplify your dashboard by concealing unnecessary menu options and streamline your website management with ease.

WordPress Admin Topbar Menu & Sub-Menu Items

The WordPress admin topbar is a convenient toolbar displayed at the top of the screen for logged-in users. It provides quick access to essential actions like creating new posts or editing profiles.

With my method, you can easily hide any of these menu or sub-menu items. For instance, you can remove the "Add New" post option for certain user roles, ensuring they don't clutter the interface with unnecessary options.

WordPress Admin Sidebar Menu & Sub-Menu Items

The WordPress admin sidebar is a vertical column on the left side of your site, offering extra information or navigation options like plugins, settings, and tools. By using my technique, you can selectively hide specific sidebar menu or sub-menu items.

For example, you might want to hide the "Plugins" menu from clients to prevent accidental changes, while still giving them access to manage their content seamlessly.

Examples of Visible & Hidden Admin Menu Items

In this section, I'll provide visual examples of visible and hidden admin menu items on WordPress. Witness how customizing these menu options can transform your dashboard. See for yourself how hiding certain items can declutter and streamline your workflow, making website management a breeze!

Visible Admin Menu Items

Take a look at the default or third-party plugin-based admin menu items on WordPress. See for yourself how cluttered and overwhelming it can become, especially for certain user roles. From "Settings" to "Tools" and more, these menu items may not always be relevant or necessary for everyone.

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Hidden Admin Menu Items

Now, witness the difference after strategically hiding specific admin menu items. With the zero-code method that I am going to share, you can effortlessly customize the dashboard for different user roles. For example, you can hide the "Themes" or "Plugins" menu from editors to prevent accidental changes, while retaining full access for administrators.

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Reasons to Hide WordPress Admin Menu Items

In this section, I'll share compelling reasons why hiding WordPress admin menu items is a game-changer. Discover how it simplifies your dashboard, grants specific access to user roles, and enables personalized experiences. Embrace the power of customization and take control of your WordPress website like a pro!

Let's explore these reasons together and unlock the full potential of a streamlined admin menu:

  • Clean the Cutter for Yourself & Others: By hiding unnecessary admin menu items that serve no purpose or appear duplicated on the top bar and sidebar, you can declutter your WordPress backend. This creates a cleaner and more organized interface, making it easier for you and your team to navigate and manage the website efficiently.
  • Give Necessary Access to Each User Role: Tailor the different admin menu access for each user role. For instance, allow authors to focus solely on their tasks by showing them only the essential menu items like "Posts," "Media," and "Comments." Meanwhile, administrators can retain access to all functions for seamless site management.
  • Give Necessary Access to a Particular User: Imagine being able to tailor the WordPress dashboard for a specific user account. By using plugins like User Switching, you can log in as that user and customize the admin menu to display only the necessary options for their unique needs. This level of personalization enhances user experience and ensures a focused workflow.

By understanding and implementing these reasons, you can create a more user-friendly and efficient WordPress experience, optimizing your website management and empowering each user with the right tools and access. Embrace the power of zero-code solutions and take complete control of your WordPress admin menu today!

Easiest Way to Hide WP Admin Menu Items for User Roles

In this section, I'll walk you through the simplest way to hide WordPress admin menu items for specific user roles using the powerful WP Admin Cleaner plugin. No coding is required!

Let's dive in and discover how to streamline your website management effortlessly. Follow along and unlock the true potential of customizing your WordPress admin menu with ease.

Install & Activate WP Admin Cleaner Plugin

Begin your journey by installing and activating the WP Admin Cleaner plugin. This powerful tool opens up a world of possibilities, making it a breeze to enhance your WordPress dashboard experience effortlessly.

If you're unsure how to install a new plugin, check out WPBeginner's step-by-step tutorial to learn the process.

Hide WordPress Admin Menu Items Using WP Admin Cleaner

In this section, I'll guide you through the step-by-step process of customizing your WordPress admin menu items using the powerful tool, WP Admin Cleaner. Let's begin with the process now!

Open the Settings Page of WP Admin Cleaner

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To begin customizing your admin menu and sub-menu items, locate the "Tools" menu in the WordPress Admin Sidebar Menu. Hover over it and click on "WP Admin Cleaner" to access the settings page.

Select the Hide for Current User or Per User Role Option

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On the WP Admin Cleaner settings page, choose between "Hide for Current User Only" or "Hide Per Role" based on your needs.

Both options offer identical features, with a slight difference being the ability to select user roles in the hide per role option, which we will explore in the next step. However, if you just want to hide menu items for yourself, then go for the hide for current user only option.

Select the Specific User Role from the Available Options

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If you opt for "Hide Per Role," select the desired user role from the "Select Role" dropdown menu. This allows you to hide specific WordPress admin menu items for that particular user role. However, keep in mind that the Administrator option will not affect Super Admins.

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In this step, you'll find all the available WordPress admin menu items that can be hidden for the selected user role. You can either select or unselect all items with the "Select/Unselect All" checkbox option.

Under the "Top Bar" section, you'll see the "Menu and Submenu Item" checkboxes related to the WordPress Admin Topbar. The "Left Bar" section contains the "Menu and Sub-Menu Item" checkboxes from the WordPress Admin Sidebar.

Simply check the boxes you want to hide for the selected user role, hit "Save Changes" button, and you're done!

By following these simple steps, with the help of the WP Admin Cleaner, now WordPress beginners and website owners like you and I can effortlessly hide the admin menu or sub-menu items without any coding knowledge for a streamlined admin menu management.


In this tutorial, we've unlocked the full potential of WordPress Admin Menu customization with the powerful WP Admin Cleaner plugin, all without writing a single line of code! We learned how to declutter our website's backend area, provide personalized menu access to different user roles, and even tailor the menu for specific users.

Now, let me ask you - how will you utilize this newfound knowledge to enhance your WordPress experience? Will you streamline your admin dashboard for a smoother workflow, or provide clients with a customized access that boosts their productivity?

The possibilities are endless, and I can't wait to hear about your use cases! Share this tutorial with fellow WordPress beginners and website owners to empower them with this game-changing solution.

Don't forget to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section - I'm here to help you take your WordPress journey to the next level!

Remember, with no-code solutions like WP Admin Cleaner at your fingertips, you hold the key to unlocking a more efficient and tailored WordPress customization. So go ahead, put your newfound method into action, and let's make managing your website a breeze!

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