Adventskalender Day 5 – Change WordPress Dashboard Title

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What is the home page of a website? Naively we could say: the top page in the hierarchy of the URL, for example example.com/. However, that’s true, at best, for visitors who just come through a search engine, and even they often start with a more specific page deeper in the hierarchy. Regular visitors, however, select the page on which they can do the most important thing.

On plus.google.com this is for me the community overview, because I moderate three communities, and of course this task takes precedence over my normal reading. On wordpress.stackexchange.com where I’m a moderator too, I start usually with the review list, because these tasks are more urgent than most others.

Surely you have your own examples of such special home pages.

For the WordPress blogs that I manage, my home page is the Dashboard, where I see open comments, pending updates and my own Dashboard widgets with additional information. And because I’m lazy and manage quite a few blogs, I’ve created a directory in my bookmarks for all dashboards that I visit regularly.

And here’s the problem: the title of all of them begins with the same word Dashboard. That’s not helpful when I go through the list or have multiple tabs open. Although the favicon helps a little, a better title would be nice.

This title is created in the wp-admin/admin-header.php file, and there is a filter, which we can use.

So if we now want to have the domain name at the front, we can do that like this:

This principle can be applied on all admin pages, not only on the Dashboard.

You can find this snippet in our repository Mini-Plugins on Github. You can also download it as a separate plugin here.

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I am a developer and author for MarketPress. In my free time, I am a moderator for several WordPress communities.

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