i've got a question. I created a plugin with a menu and i want to show this under the Dashboard menu-item. In some of my wordpress installations the dashboard item will be overwrited. How can i fix this?

My code to add the menu is:

add_menu_page('pluginname', 'pluginname', 'manage_options', 'pluginname-hello', '', 'dashicons-admin-site', 2);
add_submenu_page('index.php', __('Plugin Name from page', 'pluginname'), 'Plugin Name', 'manage_options', 'pluginname-hello', 'you_call_function' );

pluginname-hello - The slug name to refer to this menu by (should be unique for this menu).

you_call_function - The function to be called to output the content for this page.

More information: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/add_submenu_page/

  • I've done this correctly, but i want to place the plugin-menu beneath the Dashboard without overwriting other menu items. – ThomGO Mar 14 '17 at 9:10

The code must be work. Add the code in functions.php and check result.

function admin_menu(){
    add_menu_page('pluginname', 'pluginname', 'manage_options', 'pluginname-hello', '', 'dashicons-admin-site', 2);

add_action('admin_menu', 'admin_menu', 99);
//add_action('admin_menu', array($this, 'admin_menu'), 99); //for class based.

If you face the problem further change the priority of admin_menu hook like 99 to 1 or 2 as per your need.

  • Thanks this works! I've added: add_action('admin_menu', 'pluginname_menu', 99); And now it doesnt overwrite another menu item :) – ThomGO Mar 14 '17 at 9:14
  • Btw, on some installations i still overwrite Dashboard.. :( – ThomGO Mar 14 '17 at 9:17
  • Explain a little bit or can you give screenshots. :) – Faysal Mahamud Mar 14 '17 at 9:27
  • I can't screenshot ATM, but the dashboard is on position 2 in the menu. When i install the Plugin it will totally overwrite the dashboard menu item, i dont want this as result: The Dashboard is not showing anymore.. I want the plugin to be under the dashboard menu item. – ThomGO Mar 14 '17 at 9:29
  • global $menu; print_r($menu); check your menu position. By the by the dashboard menu default position is 2 so you use you plugin position 3. "When I install the Plugin" which plugin you mention.. your custom plugin or any community plugin.Then tell me the plugin name. Hope i will give you exact solution. – Faysal Mahamud Mar 14 '17 at 10:50

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