I have created a custom dashboard page to which the user is redirected when logged in. I want to include the 'Right Now' widget to my custom dashboard page. How do I achieve that ?

class CustomDash {

function __construct(){

    add_action( 'admin_menu', array( &$this, 'nn_register_custom_dash' ) );
    add_action( 'load-index.php', array( &$this, 'nn_redirect_custom_dash' ) );

function nn_register_custom_dash(){

    add_dashboard_page( 'Custom Dash', 'Custom Dash', 'manage_options', 'custom-dash', array( &$this, 'nn_create_dash' ) );

function nn_redirect_custom_dash(){

    $screen = get_current_screen();
    if( $screen->base == 'dashboard' )
        wp_redirect( admin_url( 'index.php?page=custom-dash' ) );

function nn_create_dash(){


new CustomDash();

1 Answer 1


I've got to know it in Make WordPress UI. The plugin Dashboard uses a very interesting technique:

add_action( 'load-index.php', array( $this , 'override_dashboard' ) );

public function override_dashboard() 
    if( !isset( $_GET['page'] || 'custom-dash' != $_GET['page'] )

    if ( get_current_screen()->in_admin( 'site' ) ) {
        require dirname( __FILE__ ) . '/dashboard-override.php';

And then it proceeds to fully rebuild the Dashboard with the file dashboard-override.php, with a brand new clones of the Widgets, like rightnow.php. I think it's worth emulating.

  • Thanx a lot. Will try to implement and let you know the results! Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 3:40
  • Hi @brasofilo this works well for custom dashboard page wherein the URL remains the same i.e. index.php. But not in the case where a dashboard page has been added and URL for dashboard now is 'index.php?page=custom-dash' (as posted in the code above) Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 19:34
  • Try with the edited code. I'm not sure about get_current_screen(), test if it's the correct check.
    – brasofilo
    Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 19:37

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