by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Poll: Love or Hate the WordPress Admin Bar

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WordPress 3.1 includes the new Admin Bar. It's enabled by default for all users, and provides quick links to key Admin pages. There's been some strong opinions on both sides, so let's put it to a vote:

Love or Hate the Admin Bar?

  • Hate it (39%, 1,854 Votes)
  • Love it (31%, 1,473 Votes)
  • Don't care (29%, 1,390 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,718

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53 Responses

  1. AshKendall April 5, 2011

    My initial thoughts were that it was a terrible idea, but since disabling it is barely even an inconvenience I don’t really mind.

    I’ve actually left it enabled on a client site since it makes it easier to access the admin area.

  2. Brian Krogsgard April 5, 2011

    I’ve actually learned to love it. I thought it was a visual pain at first, but now I use it often to navigate my own site. It’s especially nice on networks.

  3. cooljaz124 April 5, 2011

    Seeing admin-bar all the time while development time gives me a feeling that all users will also see the bar. Anyhow, I don’t hate it that much until now, so vote for Don’t care :)

  4. I hate it on single-site installs, but I love it on multisite installs because I can quickly access different sites. There’s no good option in the poll for me. :(

  5. Marcin Godlewski April 5, 2011

    I hate it. Always turn off the new wordpress installation! Unfortunately I can not vote in a poll ;(

  6. I’m with Justin, I really didn’t like it at all at first, but have come to like it a lot on multi site installs

  7. I’m with Justin and Pippin. Admin bar’s usefulness goes up tremendously if you are using multisite. The Snack Bar plugin is also great to add. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/snack-bar/

  8. I’ve grown to love it. Didn’t really care for it at first but it’s nice being able to get to the dashboard from the same place on every site that has it.

    That’s pretty much the only reason I use it, quick dashboard access.

  9. Nicolas April 5, 2011

    Love-hate relationship…we’ll see where the WP team takes this in future releases. Right now I don’t get a big kick out of the admin bar.

  10. In true WordPress tradition:

    Dark grey at the top
    I tried to ignore its charm
    But it grew on me

  11. It screws up theme development if suddenly your headers are getting pushed around. Fortunately, it’s trivial to turn off…

    • Ira F. Cummings April 5, 2011

      I agree with both points Elliott. When I updated to 3.1 on my personal site, the admin bar messed with some of the CSS. I turned it off, since it’s not a client site and not really worth the effort to get to the bottom of it.

      I did learn that if I’m developing a client site, that it’s something that I’ll have to take into consideration, however.

  12. I love it, if only because the drop-downs mean I can get to lots of different places from it.

  13. Josh Can Help April 5, 2011

    I hate it but only because I’m not used to it. I couldn’t live without the Drupal bar but, for some reason, I find myself turning off the WordPress one in my themes…

  14. Your poll buttons doesn’t show up: Chrome, Firefox / IE9 so nobody can vote.

    • Jeff Starr

      Thanks Lucian, but I’m not able to replicate the issue on PC or Mac in any browser. The polls are created using a default installation of WP-Polls, which should support all modern browsers, but you may have discovered something. Can you tell what the issue might be?

      • Danilo April 6, 2011

        Reporting that I can’t see the button either, Firefox 4.0 in W7.

        • Jacqui April 6, 2011

          I had an issue with missing “vote” button, but is showed up when I hovered over where it “should be”

          (win xp 64 / ff4) yeah, I know….

      • Hi Jeff, I’m getting the same in FF4/Chrome/IE9 on Win 7.
        I think reply #3 & #4 had the same problem too
        Have posted a screenshot here

        • Jeff Starr

          Alright thanks for the info. Seems like only Win 7, so I’ll try to find a Win 7 machine and see what’s up.

        • Hi Jeff,
          Alas it’s not just Windows based, I just checked on my macbook with latest Safari and Firefox, getting the same issue.

      • it’s because the button background is white and the text is white:

        .wp-polls p a, .wp-polls p input.Buttons {
             background: none repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
             border: 1px solid white;
             color: white;
             font: 12px Georgia,Serif;
             margin: 10px 0;
             padding: 5px;

      • As of 11:30 AM today Apr 6 it’s still a white button – the button is visible when hovering though

        FF 3.6.16


  15. I don’t really like it, but it’s easy enough to disable. I usually place a hidden link to the dashboard on all of my sites, this is good enough for me. On single site BuddyPress installs the BP Admin Bar has it covered. I haven’t worked with MultiSite yet, but can appreciate how the Admin Bar would come in handy on those installs.

  16. luciarux April 6, 2011

    I love it.

    I could not see the Vote button.
    Nevertheless, I used “inspect element” to eliminate the class Buttons, and it showed up, letting me vote for this poll.

  17. There is no poll in modern browsers due to:

    .wp-polls-ul li { content: “” }

    Another way to say display:none;. ;)

  18. AndyiBM April 6, 2011

    I always switch it off on all sites… it looks too much like it’s part of the design and that puts me off. I don’t mind having to access the admin on another browser tab.

  19. Jacqui April 6, 2011

    I like it, it’s not on the client side so it’s a non-issue for me. I actually find it useful.

  20. Andrew April 6, 2011

    One can always hide it. Don’t see any problem here.

  21. I agree with Andrew–not an issue. However, I do LOVE IT. I already have fifty tabs open, so not having to have another live site/admin site pair is great.

  22. Oh, and I’m seeing the radio buttons, just not a submit button. Clicking a radio button selects it, but does nothing else (Win 7 64, Chrome 10.0.648.204).

  23. I neither hate it nor love it – but I do care – so couldn’t answer the poll!

    I like it. It’s kind of handy most of the time. Occasionally, it gets on my nerves, but generally, I have a mildly benevolent feeling about it. :-D


  24. I can see it’s use… but I don’t like it…

    So make it default to off and it can be turned on if you want it, I say.


  25. Judith April 6, 2011

    My clients LOVE it; I don’t mind it. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the addition as I knew it would help all those who don’t eat and breath WordPress like I do to navigate their site.

    So maybe it is a matter of whose perspective you vote from — yours or your clients? I must say I *was* surprised at the almost visceral reaction to this addition when all one has to do is turn if off in their settings and be done with it.

  26. Nathan B April 6, 2011

    I don’t love it or hate it, but I don’t understand the furor of the critics. It’s, what, 28 pixels of real estate? With an easy disable? Don’t we all have bigger problems in life?

    Good point that it’s client-friendly.

    • Jacqui April 7, 2011

      With an easy disable? Don’t we all have bigger problems in life?


  27. Annoyed by the very low contrast of the admin bar, I have written a plugin to use system colors instead.

  28. Micheal April 6, 2011

    I Always turn it off and would much prefer a version at the bottom of the site that wasn’t so ugly looking.

    Kind regards

  29. WP-Master_NOT April 6, 2011

    I chose Love It but I’m actually in between. I love it for updating blog posts and general blogging, but I prefer to not use it when developing a theme or cms.

  30. I always turn it off but I can see how newbies may find it convenient.

  31. As others have said it’s great with WPMU.

    Two main problems with it though:

    1. Unless I’m right at the tipping point(27 now), it doesn’t create another column for additional sites, which ends up cutting off some when viewed on a smaller monitor.

    2. It doesn’t sort alphabetically.

  32. It is a MAJOR pain when you are working with Networked Blogs. You have to switch back and forth from the Site Admin to Network admin to get anything done.
    Install a plugin, Network Admin, Activate it on selected blogs only, select the backend of the Site and then repeat for each plugin as needed.

  33. Markus April 8, 2011

    As amazing as the Admin Bar may be, it’s a perfect example the kind of fluff that needs to stay out of the core. There was NO NEED to include an Admin Bar in the core – it should have remained as a plugin. Why not give us something useful, like built-in Subscribe to Comments feature. THAT would have been useful – the Admin Bar is a joke.

  34. my 2 cents; it’s in the way!
    It needs to moved away from that top left corner.

  35. Anonymous April 19, 2011

    Personally, I LOVE the admin bar. As an ADMIN, it is indispensable to get from pages to pages, backend to frontend, etc.

    BUT, as for a subscriber, I find it a nuisance. Members will see the bar as it is ‘ON’ by default, but all they do is surf, read, etc. No reason to actually have that bar in the first place.

    – 2 cents

  36. While it’s sometimes useful, I have to say overall that I dislike it. I think it is particularly annoying for sites if you have multiple authors/editors/subscribers who log in because they see it too…

  37. Patrick Samphire April 30, 2011

    As an admin, and when testing and debugging a new theme, it’s speeding things up for me and allowed me to reduce the number of tabs open, so it’s a bonus. I do want it disabled for non-admin users. Luckily, that’s easy enough to do. So, overall, this is a plus for me.

  38. I didn’t like it at first and have grown to hate it more with every new install. It is like deleting Hello Dolly, it is just one more thing to disable (although that is automated.)
    It is also gets in the way when you I am disabling options for clients – it is easily to disable / modify – but i find it unnecessary and more annoying than helpful.

    If it was suddenly gone in the next release it would bring a small smile and short dance of joy from me. As it stands it ads 30 seconds of my time to disable.

  39. Why is it necessary to show the Admin Bar in the Dashboard? You already have everything you need in the left sidebar!

    No matter what I try, I cannot make it disappear from the Dashboard and it is very frustrating, when working with separate tabs, to have to run over this bar and see the menus pop up. (I have multiple sites using Groups and Sub-groups.)

    Although it is useful on the actual site itself, I agree that the default should be Off in the Dashboard, and let users decide if they want to use it in the there or not.

  40. Hey, i love this only because it has a link to remove all cache.
    In early days I have to go to plugin settings and then only i can clear page cache.

    Now its simple.

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