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Trying to add a link to my admin menu (dashboard/backend) that leads to the frontend of wordpress, so I basically want a link in the menu that takes me to the blog.

I've found a couple of ways to add new stuff to the admin menu, but I haven't been able to link to the home_url, it seems like the admin menu only is designed to let you link to stuff within the wp-admin. Anyone that have succeeded with this?

Edit:
Tried with this: https://gist.github.com/792b7aa5b695d1092520

add_admin_menu_item('Overview',array( 
      'title' => 'View Site',
      'slug' => get_bloginfo('url')
  ));

Which gives me the link hxxp://myurl.com/myurl.com
With this plugin (hxxp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-menu-editor/), I get:
hxxp://myurl.com/wp-admin/www.test.com

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possible duplicate of Adding an Arbitrary Link to the Admin Menu? –  Jan Fabry Feb 1 '11 at 11:11

3 Answers 3

you can create a function that redirects to the front-end like this:

function redirect_home_987(){
  wp_redirect( home_url() ); 
  exit;
}

and call that function in WordPress default add_menu_page function like this:

add_menu_page( 'redirecting', 'View Site', 'read', 'my-top-level-handle', 'redirect_home_987');

Hope this helps

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Not sure if I understand you correctly. I've added this to my functions.php now: add_action('admin_menu', 'add_viewsite'); function add_viewsite() { add_menu_page( 'redirecting', 'View Site', 'read', 'my-top-level-handle', 'redirect_home_987'); } // Call this function for a "home" link function redirect_home_987(){ wp_redirect( home_url() ); exit; } Which gives me a link that looks like this: url.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=my-top-level-handle –  INT Jan 31 '11 at 14:15
    
I had the same problem - some of the headers had already been sent. Tried a few options; the only one that seemed to work (which I'm not really happy with) is combining the above with javascript, like this answer –  Hobo Jul 7 '13 at 18:59

The name of site (top left, next to WP logo) links to front-end, is that not sufficient?

Also it would help if you included code that you had tried so far in the question.

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Thanks for your reply. I removed the name of the site, since it broke the layout of my customized backend, so I need to implent a link to the front end in the menu instead. –  INT Jan 30 '11 at 23:16

You cannot add items to the admin menus that point to external URLs, the menu addition functions do not support this, nor will they allow it.

However, if you attach a callback onto the admin_menu hook, you can insert some items yourself manually and totally overcome the non-external URL problem. I do this myself and i'm quite surprised noone has already pointed out the issue with external menu links.

I provided an example when answering Adding an Arbitrary Link to the Admin Menu?

Let me know if that helps.

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In fact, this question seems to be an exact duplicate of this one. So it got my vote to close it! –  Jan Fabry Feb 1 '11 at 11:12
    
@Jan Fabry - I was thinking that when i linked to the other question so i've also voted to close as duplicate (the user should also have the answer he/she is looking for now, so closing need not be considered a bad thing). –  t31os Feb 1 '11 at 11:16

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