How To Change Your WordPress Back End Theme

How To Change Your WordPress Back End Theme

Whether you are a greenhorn or a seasoned webmaster, tweaking the backend theme would be on your nearest agenda.

For all intents and purposes, WordPress is a CMS most revered for its superb flexibility. The WordPress website owners keep on finding new ways to customize their website's front end in order to cater to the changing market dynamics and audience's sensibilities. But the backend of any website is what should suit the sensibilities of the admin.

How To Change Your WordPress Back End Theme

For what it's worth, your WordPress may have the best design and the most awesome content, but if its admin panel is complicated, you may not be so motivated to play around its features much too often. So, to make things simpler for you and to let you spread your wings a little more, we share some customization tips that can make your WordPress site's backend far more attuned to your taste:

Changing the Whole Appearance of the Theme

Let's start by giving tips on how you can jazz up the WordPress theme's dashboard in a way that that it doesn't look monotonous to the eyes.

We can have a separate stylesheet for your theme, and for the same, add the following code to your theme's functions.php file

function custom_admin_style() {

echo ' rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="'.get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/admin_theme_style.css">';


add_action('admin_head', 'custom_admin_style'); //hooked the "custom_admin_style()" function to "admin_head".

We have created a function called “custom_admin_style()”, in that particular we have just write add stylesheet code.

“add_action” is the default wordpress function which is used to hooks a function on to a specific action.

“admin_head” is an action event and can be hooked by add_action hook.

Create a stylesheet file(admin_theme_style.css) inside your theme folder. Here you can write the style relates to our wordpress admin HTML elements.

The WordPress Login URL

How To Change Your WordPress Back End Theme

Now, the default login URL of standard WordPress website is or Now, not everyone finds it too easy to remember and thus you can change it to something you don't have to memorize or something that has your brand name right in the URL itself.

For the same, you need to tweak the .htaccess file of your WordPress theme. You need to head to the root of your WordPress installation and this file may be lying hidden in there. Once you locate the file, open it and add the following line right on top:

RewriteRule ^login$ [NC,L]

Replace the login word with the word of your choice and your site's URL. That's it. You have a login URL you always wanted.

Change the Logo on the Login Screen

To state the obvious, your logo is your brand's face. So, it only makes sense that you have it at just about every place that serves as a gateway to your website – even at the login screen. The default login screen looks like this:

So, in order to add your logo to the login screen, you can add the following lines into your theme's functions.php file:

// Custom WordPress Login Logo

function login_css() {

            wp_enqueue_style( 'login_css', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/login.css' );


add_action('login_head', 'login_css');

The third line in the code brings into the picture a separate stylesheet.

Alter the Footer of the Admin Panel

Again, the WordPress site's admin panel has a footer that links directly to Now, when your website is representing a business, you surely would want a link to something that is related to your brand.

For the same, we again need to make some tweaks to the functions.php file. You can find it at Appearance>Editor.

One you have the file with you, add this code:

// Custom WordPress Footer

function remove_footer_admin () {

            echo 'The website is a copyright of XYZ Motors, 2015';


add_filter('admin_footer_text', 'remove_footer_admin');

You can include content of your choice inside the echo.

Adding Custom Summary Boxes to the Dashboard

While there are a number of summary boxes in any WordPress theme, there are always instances when you need to have more data on the dashboard for you to have an insightful idea about your website.

Again, you will head to the functions.php file of your theme and make add the following code to it:

// Function for outputting the dashboard widget content

function dashboard_widget_function( $post, $callback_args ) {

echo “Hi, this is the custom widget!”;


// Function used in the action hook

function add_dashboard_widgets() {

wp_add_dashboard_widget(‘dashboard_widget', ‘Example Dashboard Widget', ‘dashboard_widget_function');


// Register the new dashboard widget with the ‘wp_dashboard_setup' action

add_action(‘wp_dashboard_setup', ‘add_dashboard_widgets' );

The first step displays the text defined in the echo. The second section labels the widget. And then, we register the widget with wp-dashboard-setup that eventually finalizes our widget.

A WordPress theme's backend can thus be changed in a several number of ways, depending on how you wish to align it with your suitability.

Written by Emily Heming

Emily Heming is a professional WordPress developer for WordPrax Ltd a PSD to WordPress conversion company. She has served many companies helping them in developing user-friendly website.

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