CiviCRM Admin Utilities

CiviCRM Admin Utilities | Christian Wach


CiviCRM Admin Utilities modifies CiviCRM’s behaviour in single site and multisite installs. It does a number of useful things:

  • Supplies an alternative theme for CiviCRM admin screens (see below)
  • Modifies the styling of the CiviCRM menu to fix a number of issues
  • Fixes the appearance of the Shoreditch extension in WordPress admin
  • Fixes the appearance of the WordPress Access Control form where necessary
  • Offers options to prevent various CiviCRM Stylesheets from loading on the front-end
  • Adds a handy CiviCRM Shortcuts menu to the WordPress Admin Bar
  • Allows you to choose which Post Types the CiviCRM shortcode button appears on
  • In WordPress multisite, allows you to hide CiviCRM on sub-sites
  • Allows you to remove “administer CiviCRM” capabilities from sub-site administrators
  • Allows suppression of the “change of email” notification when a CiviCRM Contact’s primary email is changed

CiviCRM Admin Theme

Version 0.5 introduces a new theme for CiviCRM admin screens that is more in keeping with WordPress. It can be enabled on the CiviCRM Admin Utilities settings page. Feedback is welcome – please open an issue on the plugin’s GitHub repository if you find any bugs or have suggestions for improvements.


This plugin requires a minimum of WordPress 4.4 and CiviCRM 4.7.


If you have installed the Shoreditch extension for CiviCRM, then this plugin does its best to make it compatible with WordPress. Unfortunately, Shoreditch version 0.1-alpha25 now makes it very difficult to override the margin applied to the body tag on the front end of your site, so you will have to do this yourself.

Plugin Development

This plugin is in active development. For feature requests and bug reports (or if you’re a plugin author and want to contribute) please visit the plugin’s GitHub repository.


  1. Extract the plugin archive
  2. Upload plugin files to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Make sure CiviCRM is activated and properly configured
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

In single-site installs, you can adjust this plugin’s settings by visiting “Settings” –> “CiviCRM Admin Utilities”. In WordPress Multisite, you will find the network settings page at “Network Admin” –> “Settings” –> “CiviCRM Admin Utilities”. If you install this plugin in WordPress Multisite and have CiviCRM network-activated, then you should also network-activate this plugin.

Upgrading from 0.3.3 or earlier

If you have this plugin installed on WordPress Multisite and this plugin is not network activated, then read on.

Prior to version 0.3.4, this plugin stored its settings in the network options rather than in the site’s options. This meant that separate sites shared their settings rather than being individually configurable. Version 0.3.4 changed the location where the plugin’s settings are stored to be appropriate to the install location and, as a result, each site can be configured differently.

If you are upgrading from 0.3.3, therefore, you may need to review the settings for each site where CiviCRM Admin Utilities is activated.

Version 0.6 introduces further changes to configuration in WordPress Multisite which you should be aware of. When the plugin is activated on any site on the network, Network Administrators will then have access to a Settings Page in WordPress Network Admin at “Network Admin” –> “Settings” –> “CiviCRM Admin Utilities”. This means that there are settings at both the site level and the network level.

Network Administrators can now set site defaults for any further activations of this plugin across the network. There are also network-specific settings that can be set. Of particular note are new permissions settings which allow you to remove “administer CiviCRM” capabilities from individual site administrators if that’s how you want to configure your network.

Plugin author

Christian Wach

Plugin official website address
If you encounter problems in using the CiviCRM Admin Utilities plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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