CiviCRM Admin Utilities


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

  • Supplies a theme for CiviCRM admin screens that is more in keeping with WordPress (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
  • Gives an overview of the relationships between Users and Contacts via the “Manage Users” screen

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 4.9 and CiviCRM 5.


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.


October 23, 2018
Having a Wordpress CiviCRM site becomes much easier to manage when you have this plugin. If you use Shoreditch on CiviCRM - this plugin allows you to suppress certain style sheets from loading in certain spaces. It also cleans up the shoreditch menu to make it friendlier for Wordpress. Allows you to limit post types for CiviCRM Quick access to clear caches and rebuild triggers - and lastly gives you a nice quick link to upgrade CiviCRM.
September 3, 2016
if the CiviCRM menu disappears after upgrade, this plugin brings it back
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Contributors & Developers

“CiviCRM Admin Utilities” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Introduces fix for API timezone mismatch
  • Uses API4 for retrieving Dedupe Rule Groups if available


  • Theme improvements


  • Avoid PHP8 warnings
  • Custom “add_meta_boxes” action for admin pages


  • Remove support for broken Access Form prior to CiviCRM 4.7.30
  • Theme improvements


  • Misc bug fixes
  • Add “Manage Extensions” to Shortcuts menu


  • Radstock theme updates


  • Introduce “Manage Users” sub-page


  • Fix styling of SearchKit and Afform in CiviCRM 5.35+
  • Fix “Hide CiviCRM” option when CiviCRM is network-activated


  • Fix styling of Dashboard in CiviCRM 5.33+


  • Introduces new Settings UI
  • Relocates Settings menu item under CiviCRM’s menu item


  • Fix PayPal IPN URL encoding
  • Fix CiviCRM theme assignment on deactivation


  • Fix incorrect method call


  • Support Bootstrap screens and theme bundles in CiviCRM 5.31+


  • Improved support for CiviCRM 5.27+
  • Add “All Contacts” link to Shortcuts menu
  • Improved support for sticky table headers


  • Add theme support for CiviCRM 5.27+


  • Add setting to make Dashboard Title more welcoming
  • Upgrade Shortcuts Menu actions


  • Fix “View Contact” permission by delegating to CiviCRM
  • Apply WordPress 5.3.1+ secondary button styles
  • Refine display of Contact Layout Editor blocks


  • Fixes UFMatch data loss during “soft delete”
  • Allows CiviCRM to be hidden on sub-sites
  • Prepares for admin style changes in WordPress 5.3


  • Fixes button jitter in Mosaico
  • Fixes Network Domains template logic
  • Applies Shoreditch fixes regardless of menu fix setting


  • Restores theming of menu in CiviCRM 5.12.1+ back to WordPress admin colours


  • Enable suppression of email notification when a CiviCRM Contact’s primary email is changed
  • Introduce setting to hide “Manage Groups” menu item
  • Compatibility with new menu in CiviCRM 5.12.x


  • Respect CiviCRM permissions when showing link to CiviCRM Contact


  • Adds link to CiviCRM Contact on WordPress user edit screen
  • Fixes tab alignment when tabs wrap on to multiple rows
  • Allows “Manage Groups” menu item to be restricted or hidden


  • Better management of CiviCRM Domains


  • Fixes various issues with CiviCRM admin theme
  • Adds link to CiviCRM Admin Utilities settings page to Shortcuts menu


  • Public release of changes made in 0.5.4


  • Plugin refactor to separate network functionality and for greater extensibility
  • Added option to restrict access to site settings pages


  • Better detection of KAM extension


  • Prevent fatal error when KAM extension not present


  • Maintenance release


  • Introduce CiviCRM theme for WordPress


  • Allows user-defined custom CiviCRM stylesheets to be disabled on front-end


  • Allows CiviCRM and Shoreditch stylesheets to be disabled on front-end


  • Fixes location of settings on WordPress Multisite when plugin is not network activated
  • Prevent plugin init unless CiviCRM is fully installed
  • Fixes detection and styles for the Shoreditch theme


  • Fixes appearance of Shortcuts menu on main site when CiviCRM is disabled on subsites
  • Further fixes for the Shoreditch theme for CiviCRM


  • Fix styles for the Shoreditch theme for CiviCRM


  • Reinstates missing permissions rows


  • Add link to Reports Listing to CiviCRM shortcuts menu
  • Add link to Manage Groups to CiviCRM shortcuts menu
  • Set sensible plugin defaults


  • Add a CiviCRM shortcuts menu to WordPress admin bar
  • Fix the appearance of the WordPress Access Control form


Add basic support for the Shoreditch theme for CiviCRM


Remove install notice from subsites when restricting CiviCRM to main site only


Fix unloading of CiviCRM assets when there is no post type defined in admin


Fix uninstall procedure


Remove CiviCRM CSS and Javascript when shortcode button is disabled on a post type


Prevent PHP notice during upgrades


Add link to rebuild database triggers and functions


Remove shortcode button when restricting Civi to main site in multisite


Fixes removal of Civi admin menu in multisite


First public release


Initial release