This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest three major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Admin Colour Schemer


Create your own admin colour scheme, right in the WordPress admin under the Tools menu. Go simple with the four basic colours, or get into the details and customise to your heart’s content.


Pull requests and issues on GitHub welcome.


  • Admin colour schemer in action


Admin Colour Schemer is most easily installed automatically via the Plugins tab in your dashboard. Your uploads folder also needs to be writeable in order to save the scheme.


Why do I have to click a button to preview?

The preview currently operates by generating a complete stylesheet and reloading it. While in some environments this happens near-instantaneously, the time and resources it takes to reflect a change are not ideal for live previews. We do hope to solve this in a later release.

I’m getting an ugly screen asking me for a username and password.

This means that your uploads folder requires credentials in order to save the the scheme files. If you’re not sure how to fix that, please try the support forums. We’ll also work on making this prompt more beautiful in the future.

What should I do if I’ve updated this plugin or WordPress recently and now my colour scheme doesn’t look right?

Some versions of WordPress or this plugin may change how the custom colour scheme output is generated, so if you see something funny, first try re-saving your custom colour scheme. If it’s still broken, then please let us know.


28 April 2022
Doesn't work with latest versions of WP. Throws a critical error when trying to save any color change. Not sure why the WP Core Team leaves it in the repository if it's not going to be maintained. If I could give it 0 stars I would.
10 January 2021
Everything is perfect, but it's not allowing for hex codes now and the Preview button makes everything change as desired, however, when you Save, it resets. Please update to include the hex code input box and actually save the changes.
24 June 2019
this plugin everytime i save changes for a new color my website goes down and says there is technical difficulties, and nothing happens.
22 January 2019 3 replies
There's a newer, working version of this plugin on the GitHub repository. Please update the version here. This is a great and very useful plugin and deserves to be accessible to all WordPress users, not just those savvy enough to grab the newer version from GitHub.
18 December 2018
Please make it work for PHP7, The plugin is great but this is 2018...PHP7 is the basic for websites now...
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Contributors and Developers

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


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Change Log


  • Updated phpsass library to fix PHP 7 bug (with many thanks to @KZeni).
  • Ensure custom colour scheme can be previewed when using the default admin colour scheme.
  • Avoid a potential PHP notice.


  • Initial release