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Is there a way to have "Pages" set as the default tab when the user logs in to the admin area? I am using a heavily customised set up, where none of the dashboard widgets are useful so they are hidden anyway.

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The best way is to re-direct user logins to your page and also remove the dashboard from the menu, this can be done with 2 filters.

Redirect logins to your page edit screen example based on user roles, this example uses "author":

function dashboard_redirect($url) {
    global $current_user;
    // is there a user ?
    if(is_array($user->roles)) {
        // check, whether user has the author role:
        if(in_array('author', $current_user->roles)) {
             $url = 'edit.php?post_type=page';
        return $url;
add_filter('login_redirect', 'dashboard_redirect');   

Remove the "dashboard from the admin menu"

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'Wps_remove_tools', 99 );
function Wps_remove_tools(){

    remove_menu_page( 'index.php' ); //dashboard


ps. You can also order the admin menu items using the same filter.

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Yes, use Adminimize Plugin, remove dashboard and let the pages be the first screen when an use logs in. You can customize it very well and do a fine tuning of the entire admin backend!


Use the filter 'login_redirect' and use the admin_url like in this Wordpress Stackechange post:

Change default admin page for specific role(s)

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I am wary of using such a comprehensive plugin for a single purpose. Ideally I'd build this into my custom themes functions.php –  Tom Jan 16 '12 at 13:45

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