I would like to remove everything except the “form” in wp-admin/post.php

I would like to do this for user role "author" only.

The reason for all this: I want the wp-admin/post.php to be a page where the author only can edit the content, clean from everything else (the will be linked to the page from the mainpage...)

Today I have slowed this using CSS. But that loads all unnecessary HTML, js and CSS files.

Now I wonder if there’s a way to do this using PHP?

Thanks in advance!


Se this link: https://i.stack.imgur.com/ziCg9.jpg (new users aren't allowed to post images...)

I want the admin panel to only show this when authors press the "edit-post-link".

if ($current_user->user_level < 8){code here...}
  • Interesting question. Can you edit it to include a screenshot of what it looks like (or should look like)? That way it is even easier to understand at a glance.
    – Jan Fabry
    Apr 9, 2011 at 20:51
  • Thanks for your comment. I have added a link to a image. I want the window to show only this. It is easy to fix with css, but I want to remove all unnecessary HTML, java and css as well...
    – Hakan
    Apr 10, 2011 at 6:54
  • Keep in mind too, that security could be an issue. Just because you hide something with CSS, doesn't mean someone couldn't edit it to show the menu, header, etc.
    – Chris
    Aug 8, 2011 at 18:47

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I Think there is no hooks that I can find to remove those areas without touching the core files..

You can remove parts of the admin areas using this functions and with some css help.

To hide Menus

// remove unnecessary menus  
function remove_admin_menus () {  
    global $menu;  
    // all users  
    $restrict = explode(',', 'Links,Comments');  
    // non-administrator users  
    $restrict_user = explode(',', 'Media,Profile,Appearance,Plugins,Users,Tools,Settings,Dashboard,Posts,Pages');  
    // WP localization  
    $f = create_function('$v,$i', 'return __($v);');  
    array_walk($restrict, $f);  
    if (!current_user_can('activate_plugins')) {  
        array_walk($restrict_user, $f);  
        $restrict = array_merge($restrict, $restrict_user);  
    // remove menus  
    while (prev($menu)) {  
        $k = key($menu);  
        $v = explode(' ', $menu[$k][0]);  
        if(in_array(is_null($v[0]) ? '' : $v[0] , $restrict)) unset($menu[$k]);  
add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_admin_menus');  


To Brand your Header

function custom_admin_css() {
echo '<link rel="stylesheet" id="custom_admin" type="text/css" href="' . get_bloginfo('template_directory') . '/custom/custom_admin.css" />';


And create a custom_admin.css file with this line

#header-logo {background-image: url(images/client_logo.jpg);}

To modify Header Menu

//Edit Top Menu
function custom_favorite_actions($actions) {
  unset($actions['edit-comments.php']); //remove Comments from menu
  unset($actions['media-new.php']); // remove Upload media menu
  unset($actions['post-new.php?post_type=page']); // Remove options/menu for new pages

  return $actions;

add_filter('favorite_actions', 'custom_favorite_actions');

To Replace the footer

function filter_footer_admin() { ?>
Created by <a href="#">Your Company</a> | Built with <a href="http://wordpress.org">WordPress</a>
<?php }

add_filter('admin_footer_text', 'filter_footer_admin');
  • Thanks for your answer Mauri. I find the same conclusion as you, and it's never a good idea to edit the core files. I think it is best to remove what you can and fix the rest with css. Or maybe use a preg_replace function :)
    – Hakan
    Apr 10, 2011 at 6:51
  • I was looking for something similar the other day and at the wordpress codec i found out that other option is that you can also make a wordpress admin theme, but you need to install a 3rd party plugin in order to work..
    – 웃mauri
    Apr 10, 2011 at 8:00
  • Thanks for comment mauri. Will wordpress admin themes allow me to remove eg. the footer? Please provide me with this information!
    – Hakan
    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:57
  • Hello, here is the article codex.wordpress.org/Creating_Admin_Themes Im sorry, but you have to create the theme as a plugin.
    – 웃mauri
    Apr 11, 2011 at 22:42

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