How do I get back to the full dashboard on

18 Nov


I’ve been asked this question a few times recently, as WordPress has sought to make it easier for users to post a quick blog post or create a page. People who are familiar with the old, more detailed dashboard want to find it again. So here’s how.

How do I find the old dashboard on WordPress?

When you log on to WordPress, you will find a button marked My Sites. Click on that and you’ll get the new, simplified dashboard:

WordPress new admin page

Now click on WP Admin, circled on the above image.

This will take you to the old familiar interface:

Old WordPress dashboard

If this doesn’t work there is another tip, which is to add /wp-admin to the end of your page’s URL.

Note: this works for, the free version – self-hosted is a little different. If you’ve found this post useful, please do share it using the sharing buttons below.

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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Blogging, Business, SEO, Social media, WordPress


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41 responses to “How do I get back to the full dashboard on

  1. The Story Reading Ape

    November 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    You might find this useful – Courtesy of Liz Dexter – Owner of Libro Editing 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Karin

    November 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Reblogged this on The Eclectic Poet and commented:
    I work exclusively from the old dashboard. I find it a calmer, better organized workspace, and less ‘screaming Twee’ visually.
    This post Liz Dexter, owner of Libro Editing explains how you can get to the old version of the dashboard very well.


  3. Annette Rochelle Aben

    November 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    This has frustrated me from time to time… thanks for sharing.


    • Liz Dexter

      November 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      You’re welcome – glad I could help!


      • Úna

        November 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

        that option seems to be not there on mine, and i cant for the life of me, figure it out!! –

        Liked by 3 people

        • Liz Dexter

          November 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

          I’ve checked and it’s still there – make sure you scroll down as it’s at the bottom of the list. If you’re using self-hosted, it might be somewhere else, however. Hope that helps!


          • Úna

            November 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

            Liz, my list starts with: stats and plans, there are no options before that.

            Liked by 1 person

            • Liz Dexter

              November 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

              So scroll down, past publish, personalise confgure, WP Admin is right at the bottom after Domains and Settings.


              • Úna

                November 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

                the only option at the very bottom is: + add new site

                Liked by 2 people

                • Liz Dexter

                  November 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

                  That’s on the list of all of your sites. They have moved it around since I did the screen shot, which I’ll have to re-do when I have a moment. But if you click on your site until you have the list that starts Stats then Plans, and look down that list, you should find WP Admin.

                  But, as I said above, if you have self-hosted WordPress (i.e. you host it on a server you have arranged and pay for, rather than accessing it via, then it will be different. This blog post is for only as I can’t cover all the different self-hosted versions and styles.


                  • Úna

                    November 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

                    very strange,its driving me crazy, and im getting very little work done!

                    my site is definitely – no sign anywhere of wp admin /dashboard.
                    can i type it somewhere in the address bar ?

                    Liked by 1 person

                    • Liz Dexter

                      November 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm

                      Try putting /wp-admin after your website URL, so for me it’s
                      But I can’t quite understand why I can see it in my list (which looks a lot like my screenshot above, just in a different order) and you can’t.

                      Liked by 4 people

                    • Úna

                      November 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

                      liz i just typed wp-admin on the end and it brought me right where i wanted to go. 🙂


      • daleragland

        July 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm

        I am a new user. All of my learning was with the black dashboard. You are the first person to address my question. I have the new blue panel to the left but not the WP admin option. I looked everywhere for it. Any ideas? Is it b/c I am practicing on a free version?

        Liked by 2 people

        • Liz Dexter

          July 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm

          The screenshots are from, the free not self hosted version. You might need to scroll down as it’s quite near the bottom.


          • daleragland

            July 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

            You are so kind to help me. I cannot scroll past settings. I did not originally create the site but the owner gave me full Admin rights to see if I could help her for learning purposes. Can there only be one admin? I wonder if that’s it.


          • Dale Ragland

            July 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm

            Thx for helping me. The originator of the site gave me Admin rights. Can there only be one admin?
            The option is just not showing up for me. I took classes on but it got so complicated using MAMP, etc that I was hoping I could do it online and get good results. Any suggestions are appreciated.


            • Liz Dexter

              July 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

              It sounds like you’re self-hosted in which case the layout is different, sorry.


              • daleragland

                July 6, 2017 at 1:40 am

                I figured out if I typed /wp-admin in the URL it came up. Not self hosted yet. That was too complicated starting out. Thx for being there and helping others.

                Liked by 2 people

  4. macjam47

    November 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Very helpful.


  5. dgkaye

    November 25, 2015 at 4:00 am



  6. integratedexpat

    April 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Aha, so that’s how you do it! I arrive there sometimes unexpectedly and never know how I got there, then when I do want to use it, I can’t find it.


  7. dusanvana

    April 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks! Perfect.


  8. Claudette

    November 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I have the same problem as Una. I had already tried typing wp-admin after my address – it just brings me back to the same (NEW dashboard) page. I have another WP site that the old dashboard shows on, but not this one. I am wondering if it is my theme, will have to go and check that out.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Liz Dexter

      November 14, 2016 at 10:38 am

      That does sound like the theme, also these instructions apply to sites but might not work for self-hosted ones.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Claudette

        November 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

        Thanks Liz. I am on, and I figured out how to get to the old dashboard (I wasn’t putting .wordpress after my domain name). Even so, the WP Admin option is definitely NOT on the new dashboard, but I just haven’t had time to see if it is a Theme issue or not. Thanks for your response.

        Liked by 2 people

  9. kspader

    November 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    also…if you go into settings and change the icon it takes you to the old dashboard

    Liked by 1 person

    • Liz Dexter

      December 1, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Thanks for that tip!


    • elenaangelides

      November 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      I really cannot find the Dashboard feature and ive tried this. Any tips?


      • Liz Dexter

        November 12, 2017 at 6:01 pm

        Have you tried amending the URL as I share in the post, as that should do the trick? And are you using or self-hosted WordPress as I can’t give reliable information on the latter because it depends on what themes you’re using.


  10. beachawj

    July 22, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    The only way I could get this to work is to go to the plug-in page and click on a plug in. Right below the header picture, there should be a button or link for WP Admin which brings you back to the familiar screen


    • Liz Dexter

      July 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you – I assume that works with self-hosted WordPress rather than which is what these instructions are for, but thanks for adding this to help others.


  11. fairacresuser

    July 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the tip with wp-admin suffix. I don’t self host and had the same problem where the option to get to WP Admin has now disappeared.


  12. Vigör Massage & Revoice Therapy

    February 4, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    None of these tips are working for me. I cannot find the wp-admin button anywhere. I am not on a self-hosted WP, I am on .com. But the wp admin feature is just not there for me


    • Liz Dexter

      February 4, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      That is odd – even adding the section to the end of your blog’s URL?


  13. Vigör Massage & Revoice Therapy

    February 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks to you, my mind went in the right direction to solve my problem!

    The url I was using was
    This gave me a completely different left menu and no admin bar etc.
    Changing it to however (i.e. removing in front) sent me right to the black left and top navigation that was missing.

    Liked by 1 person


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