How to add a notification center in the WordPress admin

You constantly receive WordPress admin notifications from your plugins and themes.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could take these notifications and put them in a handy, inaccessible drop-down menu at the top of your screen?

In this article, we will show you how to add a notification center in WordPress.

Why Add a Notification Center in WordPress?

On your WordPress site, you’ll see notifications from plugin and theme authors in your site’s admin area. If you have a lot of plugins, these admin notifications can get out of control and sometimes cover half the screen.

Notification overload isn’t just a WordPress problem. That’s why smartphone developers are working hard to make it easy to manage notifications on the lock screen or with swipe gestures.

Facebook does something similar by providing a pop-up notification area where you can see and manage notifications for specific people or pages.

Facebook notification area

You can also do this on your WordPress blog by adding a notification center to your admin toolbar.

Note:This guide is about the notifications that are displayed in the WordPress admin panel. For help managing your email notifications, you can see our guide on how to add better personalized email notifications in WordPress.

With that being said, let’s take a look at how to add a notification center in WordPress.

How to Add a Notification Center in WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Admin Notices Manager application. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, the application will start recording all new notifications. You don’t need to configure any settings to make it work.

Admin notifications will be moved out of the WordPress dashboard and displayed in one central location on the WordPress toolbar, next to your username in the top row, next to the “Hello Admin” greeting.

To begin with, there will be no new notifications to display. Instead, the plugin will display a message letting you know where new notifications will be displayed.

Once activated, the Plugin will indicate where notifications will be displayed

After receiving certain notifications, the number of new notifications will be indicated in your admin toolbar.

When you click on the “Admin Notifications” link at the top of the screen, a panel will appear below that listing each administrator’s notification.

A preview of the WordPress Notification Center

You can directly interact with the notification by clicking buttons or links directly from the notification center.

When you’re done with the notification, you can dismiss it by clicking the “X” icon in the top right corner. Or if you never want to see that particular notification again, just click the “Hide notification forever” link below.

Configuring administrator notification settings

Just go to Settings ยป Admin Notifications page to configure the plugin.

From here, you can choose which types of admin notifications will appear in your new notification center. You can also select some to appear in the WordPress dashboard as usual, or you can hide them entirely.

Administrator notification settings

Here you will find settings for each type of standard administrator notification.

  • A green success indicates changes to your site, such as a changed setting
  • Red error notifications that appear when something has gone wrong with your site
  • Yellow alerts that let you know something needs your attention
  • Blue informational notifications that display simple information

At the bottom of the page, you can customize how notifications are hidden and whether the notification center slides out to the side or displays as a pop-up.

More admin notification settings

When you’re happy with your settings, make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button to save your settings.

Your WordPress notification center is now set up and all your posts will immediately start appearing in the top admin bar.

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to add a notification center in WordPress. You can also learn how to create a free business email address, or check out our list of top reasons why you should use WordPress for your website.

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