Admin Bar

We’re experimenting with something new, now when you’re logged in across you should see a blue “admin bar” across the top of your blog and others with a few handy links, including “Edit this page” if you’re on your own site. This is only shown to people who are logged in.

I’m curious what people think of this, and what other sort of stuff would you like to see in your admin bar?

Published by Matt

In 2002 I started contributing to Open Source software, and life has just gotten better from there. Co-founder of WordPress, founder Automattic.

18 thoughts on “Admin Bar

  1. Obviously I think it’s a great idea 😉 … maybe a scrolling ticker of other post titles, via an RSS link….

    I kid, I seriously kid….

    Could the “link this” be incorporated into the admin bar though? It would be nice to have a “ friends” section. Obviously the ‘link this’ works, just thinking out loud.


  2. I don’t mind the admin bar along the top. It reminds me of Blogger. At least it’s not there for readeres. It does allow quick access to the admin section. I actually just received an invite for today. I was wondering if we were going to be able to remove the admin login link from the sidebar?


  3. Two things we’re thinking about adding are “Blogroll this blog” and “Press this” which do what you probably think they do.

    Derek, not sure what will happen to the sidebar link yet. We also need to make login links more prominent.


  4. SkullyFM, I know! That was what miklb pointed me to when he made the original suggestion. I think ours is going in a slightly different direction though.


  5. There should be some sort of :hover visual feedback for the “Sign Out” and “My Account” links. Fading underlines to parallel the admin section seems the obvious choice.

    Perhaps also a “New Announcement!” link pointing to a master blog when something important happens (such as a slick new feature…).


  6. Yes, it reminds me of BlogSpot. I don’t like it. It takes a band of screen real estate that I didn’t offer, and it paints it in a color not of my choice. (At least BlogSpot gave me a choice of colors.)


  7. I’m enjoying the convenience of it. Don’t need to scroll down to the admin link. The color and other such effects don’t make a difference since I’m the only one looking at it.


  8. Matt, I see the bar when I am signed in to and am at a blog. So I can see it now, at your blog. I admit that this won’t be a big deal until takes over the world, and I don’t think that’s due to happen until next Tuesday…


  9. I’m beginning to use the Admin bar more and more. I actually find it a lot more conveniant compared to using the sidebar because we’re able to create posts from anywhere on

    I have two ideas: One is to have pages automatically cited when clicking the ‘New Post’ button. Kind of reminds me of a feature on ergh… Flock? The second is to have an option to have the admin bar scroll down the page for even quicker access.


  10. after a few days’ experiencing of the new admin bar, i felt probably the “my account” link is a little bit redundant? although nobody else rant about it. a “Trackback this” instead would be more useful.
    and maybe i don’t need an admin bar with flock , but i’m fine with it overall.
    hope this would be helpful.


  11. Nice one Matt 😉

    Except when I click on “My Account”, I get the following error:
    “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.”;
    in fact now that I check, it’s the same with all the links in the Dashboard section:

    Welcome to
    Use these links to get started:
    * Write a post
    * Update your profile or change your password
    * Add a link to your blogroll
    * Change your site’s look or theme

    Know it’s prob. not the right place to put this, but thought you should know anyways.


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