Adding a custom admin page

The question:

I want to add a page of content (a readme file) in the WordPress admin, I can’t seem to find how to do this in the codex – can anyone point me in the right direction? It will literally just be a simple page with a few paragraphs of content.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

You need just two steps:

  1. Hook into the action admin_menu, register the page with a callback function to print the content.
  2. In your callback function load the file from plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ ) . "included.html".

Demo code:

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'wpse_91693_register' );

function wpse_91693_register()
        'Include Text',     // page title
        'Include Text',     // menu title
        'manage_options',   // capability
        'include-text',     // menu slug
        'wpse_91693_render' // callback function
function wpse_91693_render()
    global $title;

    print '<div class="wrap">';
    print "<h1>$title</h1>";

    $file = plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ ) . "included.html";

    if ( file_exists( $file ) )
        require $file;

    print "<p class='description'>Included from <code>$file</code></p>";

    print '</div>';

I added an example to my demo plugin T5 Admin Menu Demo to show how to do this in a sub menu and in a OOP style.

All methods was sourced from or, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

Leave a Comment