Custom Dashboard Widget

Easily add a widget with custom content to user dashboards, great for help and support… or sales messages!

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The widget at work in Edublogs


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Custom Content Dashboard Widget is a plugin that allows you to instantly capture your site user’s attention when they log in to the network. You can create the content in minutes, and it will appear on dashboards for all users across your entire network!


It’s very simple, all you need to do is add the title of your widget and it’s content to this download, and you’re done.

For example, check out how this plugin is used to welcome and guide Edublogs users (and that took less than 5 minutes):

custom dashboard widget

Of course you could also use this plugin to…

  • Show advertisements to users within their dashboards
  • Run a campaign promoting a cause or topic via blog dashboards
  • Persuade your users to check out new features
  • Or anything else that you want to draw their attention to

You also might have noticed that the widget is above ‘QuickPress’ and thus very visible to users.

That’s achieved using the most excellent Dashboard Widget Order plugin:

Dashboard Widget Order

And you might also be interested in replacing the feed below with something more interesting:

So now you can have complete control over the really important promotional tool that is your dashboard!

Need more info ? Click here for Usage Instructions


To Get Started:

Start by reading Installing Plugins section in our comprehensive WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual if you are new to WordPress.

Note: If you have an older version of the plugin installed in /mu-plugins/ please delete it.

To Use:

Once activated, the Custom Content dashboard widget will be available in your dashboard. There are several ways you can customize the content, as follows:

On the Custom Content widget itself, click Configure in order to display the settings and enter your content there.

Edit the contents of custom-content-dashboard-widget.php where it reads custom content goes here.

Note: For the Custom Dashboard Widget to display your content, you must input the content in the network admin section –> Settings –> Dashboard widget

Easy ‘eh !

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