Change default admin page for specific role(s)

The question:

I was wondering if anyone knew of a plugin or a way programmatically to change the the default admin page for a specific user/role?

I have a master panel page for my plugin currently setup with custom roles and permissions for the plugin using the Members Plugin and would like to force users that are in these custom roles to use my master control panel for their dashboard because they don’t necessarily need access to the Dashboard.

Minor Edit: Along with changing the default dashboard for the roles, is there a way to disable the WordPress dashboard?


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

In your theme’s functions.php:

function hide_the_dashboard()
    global $current_user;
    // is there a user ?
    if ( is_array( $current_user->roles ) ) {
        // substitute your role(s):
        if ( in_array( 'custom_role', $current_user->roles ) ) {
            // hide the dashboard:
            remove_menu_page( 'index.php' );
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'hide_the_dashboard' );

function your_login_redirect( $redirect_to, $request, $user )
    // is there a user ?
    if ( is_array( $user->roles ) ) {
        // substitute your role(s):
        if ( in_array( 'custom_role', $user->roles ) ) {
            // pick where to redirect to, in the example: Posts page
            return admin_url( 'edit.php' );
        } else {
            return admin_url();
add_filter( 'login_redirect', 'your_login_redirect', 10, 3 );

Method 2

Use the Theme My Login plugin.

This plugin themes the WordPress login, registration and forgot
password pages according to your current theme. It creates a page to
use in place of wp-login.php, using a page template from your theme.
Also includes a widget for sidebar login.


  • Redirect users upon log in and log out based upon their role

Method 3

Ad Dashboard: You could check the $_REQUEST and depending on what you get back, simply use wp_redirect();

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