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Aquila Admin Theme


A Material Design inspired customisable color scheme and re-design for WordPress Admin (v4.0 onwards). Aquila also cleans up the admin area from unnecessary or potentially confusing items for the end-user.

Many updates have been made to the admin area, including:

  • Admin area complete re-design.
  • Use your own logo instead of the WordPress logo in the admin area and login screen.
  • Customisable color scheme with color picker.
  • Roboto typeface to match Material Design guidelines.
  • “Posts” renamed to “Blog” (can be changed back in Aquila Settings).
  • Dashboard metaboxes removed and cleaned up.
  • User “Profile” area cleaned up and simplified.
  • New custom icon pack.
  • Current user role added as an admin body class.
  • Removed “How are you..” from the top-right corner.
  • Re-designed login screen.
  • Admin bar de-cluttered.
  • New dashboard widgets.
  • WordPress and plugins support links on dashboard.
  • “Update” notifications hidden from Editors.
  • “Post Format” removed from posts.
  • Multisite support.
  • Gutenberg support.
  • View server information directly on the dashboard.
  • Media Library support for clear PNG images.
  • Aquila Settings page to control most of these options.


  • Edit page with default Aquila options.
  • Dashboard with custom colors and logo.
  • Aquila general settings.
  • Custom logo upload screen.
  • Color scheme creator.
  • Example admin page with custom colors and logo.
  • Front-end showing admin bar icon instead of full admin bar (logged-in).



  1. Upload aquila-admin-theme to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate Aquila Admin Theme through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. That’s it! The default settings are applied automatically, and you can hide other pages in the options page at Settings > Aquila Settings if you wish.

Via WordPress Admin

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Search for Aquila Admin Theme and click Install.
  3. Click Activate once installation is complete.
  4. That’s it! The default settings are applied automatically, and you can hide other pages in the options page at Settings > Aquila Settings if you wish.


Do I need to configure this plugin or change any settings?

No. All settings are applied automatically once the plugin is activated, but there is now an “Aquila Settings” page to refine these options if you wish to do so.

Can I change the Aquila “eagle” logo to my own company’s logo?

Yes. Go to Settings > Aquila Settings to upload a new logo image. PNGs with a clear background and white foreground work best.

Can I change the colors to my own website’s style?

Yes. Go to Settings > Aquila Settings and click the Color Scheme tab. Here you can choose new colors for the admin area.

Does this plugin make any changes to the website’s front-end?

No. It only changes the admin area, the login page and the admin bar for logged-in users.


April 6, 2023
I loved the elegant simplicity and the admin bar reinvented. With most items aligned right and the Screen Options and Help Tabs incorporated into the the admin bar, the result is simply brilliant. That said, there’s some code running amok in the plugin, a couple of minutes after I installed it, my debug log file grew 1.5MB, after 20 minutes, it was 50MB… There is a preg_match running non-stop and giving this notice: PHP Deprecated: preg_match(): Passing null to parameter #4 ($flags) of type int is deprecated in /wp-content/plugins/aquila-admin-theme/admin/colour/ on line 3401
October 31, 2022
The Dashboard Logo is a very important part of the admin area branding. It’s no bloody use if nothing happens when you try to upload your own logo to replace the default one.
September 2, 2022
Your Theme is fantastic and fully customizable. please release an update to work better with the latest WordPress version and support PHP 8.1. I’m a WordPress webmaster and work with many companies in Iran and recommended your theme to them. Thank You So much Kind Regards
May 9, 2022
Thanks for design & quality ! The results are far ahead from the “standard dashboard” !! I noticed some lack about color settings part, and some design configuration was replaced by another stuff from another plugin (or simple functionality ?). I found an optimal configuration anyway, and it works really great 😀
February 24, 2022
I like what I see (pun intended). Yes is definitely a nice admin theme and must-have upgrade to the default backend of WordPress. Aquila is easy to install, simple to configure, clean plugin settings, great customization. Why only 4 stars? Hmm have worked with better Admin themes in the past, but those are now deprecated. Hence why I got onto Aquila and keeping it installed. Lets see what the future holds for this nice plugin.
October 10, 2021
Al instalarlo, la pagina de plugins perdio el boton de “Añadir”, y desaparecieron los enlaces de “eliminar”. Me ha sido imposible reparar esto. Si no fuera por este error, el plugin sería muy bueno
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Contributors & Developers

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


“Aquila Admin Theme” has been translated into 4 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Interested in development?

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3.1.1 – 31/05/2021

  • Code refactored.
  • Bug fixes.
  • New support links for adminbar.
  • Footer credit removed.
  • Removed FontAwesome dependency.
  • Version updated.

3.0.3 – 03/10/2020

  • Login styling updated.
  • Code updated for PHP 7.4 compatibility.

2.4.3 – 19/05/2019

  • Added option to hide admin bar logo drop-down menu.
  • Fixed issue with Gutenberg blocks being hidden behind admin menu.
  • Fixed issue with Gutenberg notices being partially obstructed behind Gutenberg top bar.
  • Fixed admin bar CSS on front-end.
  • Fixed alignment of WPBakery Page Builder modal windows.

2.4.2 – 31/01/2019

  • Fixed error with lessc_formatter_compressed class.
  • Added option to disable login page styling.
  • Fixed styling of password reset page.
  • Fixed styling of registration page.
  • Fixed undefined variable “visibleText”.
  • Fixed styling of input boxes.
  • Updated part of welcome widget.
  • Added darker background to clear PNG images in Media Library.
  • Added option to change the admin area link colors.

2.4.1 – 07/12/2018

  • Fixed issue with body classes.

2.4 – 13/11/2018

  • Added versioning to loaded resources.

2.3 – 13/11/2018

  • New admin bar with icon and hidden top-bar.
  • Added versioning for main JS file to allow easier updating of the plugin.
  • Added failsafe check for lessc compiler in case it’s already being used by another plugin.
  • Reverted the color picker to standard WordPress function, as the other one was rubbish.
  • Option to show admin bar by default on front-end.
  • Revised options page.
  • New “Menu Text Color” option.
  • Better method of hiding admin bar links.
  • Actions links added to plugins page.
  • Added “Help” tab to the settings page.
  • Re-structured settings area code.
  • Failsafe check added to postToBlog.php to see if the submenus exist before modifying them.
  • Login page logo title changed to site title.
  • Interim login styling issue fixed.
  • New asset images for WP repo.
  • New translation files added for English (UK) and Italian.
  • Tested with WP 5.0-beta4 and Gutenberg.

2.2.1 – 29/09/2017

  • Fixed readme file.

2.2 – 29/09/2017

  • Added customisable color scheme with a color-picker in the admin area.
  • Material Design color picker.
  • Create a new tabbed options page.
  • New icons for WooCommerce product types in the admin area.
  • Added “Analytify” and “Always Show Hooks” plugins to the list of removed adminbar links.
  • Added an option to remove the footer credit link.
  • Added an option to show WP upgrade notices.
  • Fixed bug with renaming “posts” to “blog” when user has specific custom user role.
  • LessPHP used to convert selected colors to CSS variables.
  • Fixed margin of metaboxes in “WP Optimize” plugin.
  • Fixed layout bug with the login CAPTCHA in “All-in-one Security” plugin.
  • Created a list of Material Design Color Palette colors as PHP variables for use throughout plugin.
  • Plugin set up for translation.
  • Minor bug fixes.

2.2 – 29/09/2017

  • Same as v2.2 (re-committed).

2.0.3 – 17/07/2017

  • Fixed conflict with WP All Import plugin when custom logo is used.

2.0.2 – 14/06/2017

  • Fixed custom logo alignment in FireFox.

2.0.1 – 14/06/2017

  • Fixed “Headers already sent” error.

2.0 – 14/06/2017

  • Ability to use your own logo images instead of the WordPress or Aquila logos.
  • CSS re-written using LESS. Complete re-design.
  • 35 new custom SVG icons added.
  • Tweaked color scheme to Google’s Material Design spec.
  • “Dashboard” no longer renamed.
  • Dashboard icon back to standard dashicons.
  • Added body classes “aquila”, “aquilaFront” and “aquilaAdmin” to help with CSS targeting.
  • “Aquila Support” metabox removed.
  • Links removed under admin bar WP-Logo, and Aquila/WordPress support links added.
  • Typeface changes – now “Roboto” to match Material Design style.
  • Plugin support added for 103 popular plugins.
  • “Contextual Help” and “Screen Options” links removed from title area. Added smaller icon links in the admin bar for these.
  • Current admin page title added to Admin Bar.
  • Admin Bar de-cluttered.
  • New admin menu icons.
  • Plugin support widget now links to settings page to change view capabilities.
  • Footer text width issue fixed.
  • WooCommerce Status metabox fixed.
  • Added server stats to Dashboard metabox (server IP address, PHP version, server memory usage and memory limit etc.).
  • Clear PNG images given a grey background for easier visibility in the Media Library.
  • Added option to leave “Posts” post type as it is, or rename it to “Blog”.
  • Dashicons in Admin Bar fixed when all links are displayed.

1.0 – 27/06/2016

  • Aquila Settings page to control various functions.
  • Multisite support for “Plugins Support” widget.
  • Admin menu icons added for various plugins.
  • Many plugin links removed from admin bar to keep it clean.
  • Tested with over 100 popular plugins for conflicts.

0.95 – 20/06/2016

  • Fixed issue with wp-logo in top-left of admin area.

0.94 – 20/06/2016

  • Temporarily removed “plugin support” metabox due to issue on MultiSite installations.

0.93 – 20/06/2016

  • New login screen.
  • CSS (LESS) reformatted.
  • Added more CSS cross-browser support.
  • Fixed-position background logo.
  • Functions organised and separated.
  • Support links for all installed plugins now available to admins on dashboard.
  • “Welcome” widget removed.
  • Theme info in dashboard metabox.

0.92 – 15/06/2016

  • ReadMe file updated.
  • Asset images added.

0.91 – 10/06/2016

  • Beta release.