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?

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

      '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:


5 Answers 5


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

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

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

  • 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, 2011 at 14:15
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    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, 2013 at 18:59
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    It will throw a "headers already sent" error.
    – Joel James
    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:10

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.

  • 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, 2011 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.

  • 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 11:16
add_action('admin_menu', 'example_admin_menu');

* add external link to Tools area
function example_admin_menu() {
    global $submenu;
    $url = 'http://www.example.com/';
    $submenu['tools.php'][] = array('Example', 'manage_options', $url);

just add ../ as slug prefix:

  'title' => 'View Site',
  'slug' => '../slug'          // relative url
  • 1
    Please edit your answer, and add an explanation: why could that solve the problem?
    – fuxia
    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:30

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