Admin Color Schemes For WordPress. How To Change Them?

Admin color schemes for WordPress

WordPress 3.8 presented a completely new WordPress dashboard design. The new design is very responsive, modern, and beautiful. Anyway, there are users who did not like the dark color scheme. By default WordPress comes with 8 different admin color schemes. In this article, I will show you the way to change the admin color scheme in WordPress 3.8 and  you to add even more admin color schemes for WordPress 3.8.

Different color scheme

In case you want to change to a different color scheme, simply go to Users » Your Profile of your WordPress admin area. There you can see 8 different color schemes.

In order to add even more admin color themes, you should install and activate Admin Color Schemes plugin. After activating the plugin, just go to Users » Your Profile and you’ll see 8 more new color schemes to choose from.


WordPress admin color schemes give users opportunity to personalize the dashboard. For users who spend a lot of time in the admin area. For those who compose posts and moderate comments, these color schemes may become a fresh piece of air in the work environment.

You can add the following code in the functions.php file of your theme to register a new color scheme.

Just make sure that you have already put the stylesheet of the admin color scheme in the right folder.

function additional_admin_color_schemes() {
    //Get the theme directory
    $theme_dir = get_template_directory_uri();
    wp_admin_css_color( 'ocean', __( 'Ocean' ),
        $theme_dir . '/admin-colors/ocean/colors.min.css',
        array( '#aa9d88', '#9ebaa0', '#738e96', '#f2fcff' )
add_action('admin_init', 'additional_admin_color_schemes');

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