WordPress admin themes


It’s a huge part of WordPress, yet not many have delved into creating custom backends for the WordPress Admin. This is an area we would love to see more people working on, there’s definitely room for improvements.

Here is a list of some of the WordPress Admin Themes available to download WordPress admin themes:

WP Tiger Admin Style:


This is by far the most popular admin theme available, created by Ordered List with more than 40,000 downloads! This is the most unconventional of the bunch with the navigation as a sidebar instead of at the top.

Spotmilk 2.2:


By ceprix, another very popular admin theme and its not hard to see why! Inspired by spotlight for Mac OS X and Milk by Max Rudberg. Site seems to be under re-construction but you can still download a copy of Spotmilk.

JS Style Spotmilk Admin:

js style admin

Js Style SpotMilk Admin is base on SpotMilk Admin,with a few cosmetic changes. Green or Blue Versions available.

Planet X7:

Panet X7

Developed by sevban.com is pretty much an all blue version of the standard admin, clean lines, easy to navigate tested with WordPress up to v2.2.

afd WordPress2 Admin Theme:

afd WordPress 2 Admin theme

Developed by aenon fire design, this is again very similar to the default admin theme, the main difference is it lets you customise the colour of the header and menu’s. This is great if you run multiple WordPress installations and have several admin tabs open at the same time for distinguishing between sites. It’s compatible with the latest version of WordPress and comes in an easy to install plugin.

WordPress NiceAdmin:


Based on the Spotmilk and Default WordPress admin theme, NiceAdmin was created by Douglas Karr. Compatible with WordPress 1.5 through to 2.3. This is one of our favourites at welovewp.



Based on iTunes, Wordtunes was refreshingly different to the other admin styles created, unfortunately we have been unable to locate a download link for this theme, use the comments to let us know if you can find one.
UPDATE: Thanks to Steve for finding a download link, updated the image and title to link to the Download, still appears to be no home for it though.



Developed by Broken Kode, it’s been a long time coming and were not sure if this will ever see the light, there’s some nice features visible in the screenshots. Hopefully we will still see some of the things added into the core WordPress admin in future releases.

Digg Style:

Digg admin theme

This theme is probably our favourite, unfortunately it’s an unnoficial, unreleased copy of the popular Digg site styled into WordPress admin.Resources:

WordPress Codex: Creating Admin Themes

Binary Moons:
Custom Admin login plugin

MyDashboard: Netvibes/igoogle/pageflakesstyle dashboard.

WordPress Admin drop down menu’s plugin

8 Responses to “WordPress admin themes”

  1. kevin

    Merci beaucoup pour ces thèmes, ils sont vraiment géniaux!

  2. Jenny

    I like the grey one. That came out nice. I’m using it right now.

  3. Lee

    Very nice, I wish there was more themes out there… Even though the wordpress admin panel is great… it is annoying at times. I hope in the future it gets a makeover and then gets more themes by people.

  4. welove75

    @ Jenny – The grey one is nice, were currently using the Js Style Admin, the drop down menus are very nice. especially as our menu was becoming a bit cluttered with all the plugins we have installed 😛

    @Lee – I agree, the default admin serves it’s purpose but theres definately alot of room for improvements. Hopefully this article will inspire some more, we may even have a go ourselves in the not to distant future 😉

  5. Steve

    I think that the Wordtunes2 is actual just Wrodtunes I’ve included a link to the plugin.

    The read me file in the archive has the same details.

    – Cheers

  6. Steve

    Yep that’s the one just loaded it in plugins running latest version of WP, I really do not care for the design but if others do they might want to try it on a non production machine.

    – Cheers

  7. welove75

    Thanks for that Steve, updated the post to contain the download link with credits for posting it. 🙂

  8. peex

    Hi all! Thanks for the great support. I updated the plugin. Now it works regularly with WordPress 2.3. Check it now


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