How to create a dashboard widget in WordPress

How to create a dashboard widget in WordPress

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In this tutorial, we would be learning on how to create a dashboard widget in WordPress.

If ever that you are developing a plugin that needs a report generation then this one is the perfect tutorial for you. This tutorial will make your plugin able to show a widget in your administrator dashboard.

You can use this for many things such as sales summary if you are on e-commerce, or something like login attempts if you are on a security plugin.

Some famous plugins that use a dashboard widget are Yoast SEO and Wordfence.

What you’ll need:

  • A WordPress website.

Step 1: Setup the hook for your dashboard widget.

This step is important for WordPress to detect that we are creating a dashboard widget.

You can change My Widget, this will be the title of your dashboard widget as seen in the featured post image.

The last parameter myPluginDashboardWidget will be the function name that will hold the content for your dashboard widget.

Step 2: Create the function for the content.

Since we have declared myPluginDashboardWidget as our function name in Step 1 then we must create a function with the same name.

You can change this function name to anything you want as long as the names must be the same.

In this example, we would just be print some generic text. The content of your dashboard widget will always be up to you. You can use PHP codes and HTML tags for the widget.

Complete Code:

That’s it, just activate the plugin and navigate to your dashboard and it will show My Widget on the dashboard.

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