How can I copy the default styling for the admin and tell wordpress to use custom style instead of the default? Basically I want to change the colour and font without having to use !important syntax to force Wordpress to use it.

  • Couldn't you just enqueue your own style sheet in the admin and override the CSS you need to?
    – DaveLak
    Jul 13, 2018 at 23:37
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As noted by @Fusion, this has changed beginning with version 5. In order to override admin styles for 5.*, you need a hook in functions.php, something like this:

function custom_admin() {
    $url = get_settings('siteurl');
    $url = $url . '/wp-content/themes/my-theme/wp-admin.css';
    echo '<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="' . $url . '" />';
add_action('admin_head', 'custom_admin')

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Please note the the isitwp Snippet erroneously mixes html entitites with angle brackets. You should use angle brackets not entitieis.

  • Please use get_option() instead of get_settings() as that has been deprecated since 2.1.1! In fact, the "modern" best practice would be $url = get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/wp-admin.css';
    – Tom Auger
    Feb 6, 2022 at 21:08

Enqueue custom admin CSS file (custom-admin.css) in your WordPress backend using below function:

add_action('admin_print_styles', 'custom_admin_css');
add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'custom_admin_css');

function custom_admin_css() {
    if (is_admin()) {
        wp_enqueue_style("custom-admin-css", get_bloginfo('template_directory'). "/custom_admin.css", false, false, "all");

Hope this works..!!

  • In current 5.* version of Wordpress it "works", but if you want to add custom CSS of Wordpres's admins interface (for example a purple button), you will not move anywhere. Wordpress loads all the native admin-css as the last element of the page - meaning, that all your custom CSS will be overriden.
    – Fusion
    Mar 21, 2019 at 11:32

In WordPress 5.x you can use the following hooks to add CSS to either the admin pages or the post edit page.

enqueue_block_editor_assets to add your own styles to the Gutenberg page

admin_enqueue_scripts to add your own styles to the admin pages

You can add the hooks in your functions.php theme file.


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