Add Custom CSS to WordPress Admin

By  on  

Believe it or not, I spend an awful lot of time going through my blog's comments and correcting spelling issues, code formatting, etc.; yes, even the comments from way back to 2007.  It's mostly for quality control purposes and ease of reading for my readers, especially the code comments.

One gripe I have with WordPress' admin section is that it's difficult to spot <pre> tag contents, especially code samples that are only one line.  It made me think: "wouldn't it be awesome if I could add my own styles to the WordPress admin interface?"  If it's awesome, I want to do it, so here's how you can add your own custom styles to WordPress admin!

Step 1:  Create Your CSS File

You can place the CSS file wherever you'd like; I've chosen to place the CSS file within my theme.  My admin CSS file looks like:

.wp-admin .comment pre {
  background: pink; /* they forgot the language! */
  padding: 6px 10px;
  font-size: 16px;
  border: 1px solid #ccc;
}

.wp-admin .comment pre[class] {
  background: #fff; /* language (likely) there */
}

The CSS above makes <pre> tags more visible.  It also will make any PRE element without a class more apparent, teling me I need to fix it by adding the language as a className.

Step 2:  Add Your CSS to WordPress Admin in functions.php

WordPress uses an add_action type of admin_enqueue_scripts for adding stylesheets anywhere within WordPress:

// Update CSS within in Admin
function admin_style() {
  wp_enqueue_style('admin-styles', get_template_directory_uri().'/admin.css');
}
add_action('admin_enqueue_scripts', 'admin_style');

get_template_directory_uri provides the path to your current theme, you simply need to add the filename to the end of the path.

If you get annoyed with WordPress Admin styles like myself, feel free to jump in and change them.  My update was very simple; if you want to completely overhaul the WordPress theme so your clients think they're getting a completely customized system, feel free to do so!

Recent Features

  • By
    CSS Animations Between Media Queries

    CSS animations are right up there with sliced bread. CSS animations are efficient because they can be hardware accelerated, they require no JavaScript overhead, and they are composed of very little CSS code. Quite often we add CSS transforms to elements via CSS during...

  • By
    Being a Dev Dad

    I get asked loads of questions every day but I'm always surprised that they're rarely questions about code or even tech -- many of the questions I get are more about non-dev stuff like what my office is like, what software I use, and oftentimes...

Incredible Demos

Discussion

  1. Kristy

    Thank you for this! It was extremely useful :)

  2. Paul

    It should be get_stylesheet_directory_uri() instead of get_template_directory_uri() if you’ve put the admin.css in a child theme.

  3. i’ve tried both get_template_directory_uri and get_stylesheet_directory_uri but getting some issues

  4. Matthew

    You can also use Custom CSS Injector plugin ( https://wordpress.org/plugins/css-injector/ ) to add custom CSS only to admin area.

Wrap your code in <pre class="{language}"></pre> tags, link to a GitHub gist, JSFiddle fiddle, or CodePen pen to embed!