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Quick Access to Super Admin Resources – Time Saver!

This small and lightweight plugin just adds some missed and very useful admin links to your Toolbar / Admin Bar in Multisite installs, and even regular single site installs.

Also included is support for some awesome, useful third-party plugins out of the box. So you might just switch from the backend or frontend of your site to the ‘Network Wide Plugins’ or access the ‘Nav Menu’ Settings of a sub site/blog. To make you even more happy, the plugin also works just perfectly in single WordPress installs (non-Multisite context), just fewer menu items then… —> Use this time saver and get quicker access :-)

NOTE: This plugin is only intended towards Super Admins / Admins.

General Features & Benefits — Global Usage

  • Add a Custom Nav Menu to the toolbar via WP Menu system – great for instructions for your staff members or other resources… (see FAQ for more…)
  • Recommended in Multisite: to use the main site for this (but menu is available globally)
  • Only visible and accessable for Super Admins (Multisite context) or for Site Admins (non-Multisite context)!
  • Plugin is fully internationalized, English & German language files included by default :)
  • Fully WPML compatible!
  • WordPress 3.6 or higher, 3.8+ recommended! Tested with WP_DEBUG on :)

Multisite Network Specific Features & Benefits

  • Network wide Plugins
  • Network wide Themes (plus Theme Editor)
  • Network Settings, Updates, plus Site Upgrade
  • Special “+ New” (new content) section, like on site dashboards, but only for Network admin with Network specific items!
  • Extra special Custom Nav Menu vieable for Site Admins but only editable for Super Admins, setup via WP Menu system, see FAQ for more….
  • Multisite aware plugin support, to date for: Quick Cache, WP Super Cache, WP-Piwik, WPMS Site Maintenance Mode, Code Snippets, BackWPup, User Management Tools, Network Mass Email, Organizational Message Notifier, Snapshot (premium), Ultimate Branding (premium), Login Security Solution, Smart Admin Tweaks (premium), Smart Cleanup Tools (premium), Smart Options Optimizer (premium), Simple System Info (premium), Smart Security Tools (premium), Hide My WP (premium), Blog Copier, NS Cloner, NS Cloner Pro, Multisite Robots.txt Manager, WordPress MU Domain Mapping, WP Migrate DB Pro (premium), WPMS Admin Reports

(Sub) Site Specific Features & Benefits

  • Widgets
  • Nav Menus, including list of editable Nav Menus!
  • Manage Content: Media Library / Edit Posts / Edit Pages
  • Theme Editor (also detects Multisite network-admin!), great for fast editions on the fly… — also includes “Customizer”, plus “Custom Background” and “Custom Header”!
  • (Site specific) Plugin support, to date for: Howdy Tweaks, Cachify, Hyper Cache, Hyper Cache Extended, Limit Login Attempts, WP-Optimize, Installer (by WMPL.org Team), Code With WP Code Snippets, Toolbox Modules, Relevanssi & Relevanssi Premium, Multisite Language Switcher, Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions, Widget Settings Importer/Exporter, Tabify Edit Screen, Restrict Widgets, P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler), Codestyling Localization, WP Migrate DB, Go Sidebar Wizard (premium), Stream, Snitch

Included Plugin Support

Out of the box the plugin supports the following other plugins’ admin menu links in the Toolbar if installed and activated:

Translations: Internationalization (i18n) / Localization (L10n)

A plugin from deckerweb.de and GenesisThemes

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  • I am open for your suggestions and feedback – Thank you for using or trying out one of my plugins!
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This Plugin…

  • …is Quality Made in Germany
  • …was created with love (plus some coffee) on an Ubuntu Linux powered machine :)

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Installation

Installation Steps

  1. Installing alternatives:
    • via Admin Dashboard: Go to ‘Plugins > Add New’, search for “Multisite Toolbar Additions”, click “install”
    • OR via direct ZIP upload: Upload the ZIP package via ‘Plugins > Add New > Upload’ in your WP Admin
    • OR via FTP upload: Upload multisite-toolbar-additions folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. In your Network Dashboard network activate the plugin through the (Network) ‘Plugins’ menu — or in a sub site dashboard: per-site activate this plugin through the (Site) ‘Plugins’ menu
  3. Look at your toolbar / admin bar within the “My Sites” menu and enjoy using the new links there :)
  4. If you want you could add a special custom Nav Menu via “Design > Menus” (best if using the main site of your Network for that) and assign it to the new “Multisite Toolbar Menu” menu location (only visible & accessable for Super Admins!). (See FAQ here for more instructions)
  5. Go and manage your Multisite Network :)

Please note, this plugin requires WordPress 3.3 or higher in order to work!

Also note: This plugin has NO settings page because I believe it’s just not neccessarry. All customizing could be done via filters, constants and regular WordPress user roles & capabilities. As the plugin is only indended for a Super Admin (Network Admin) usage – that’s the way to go. This way we can save the overhaul of an options panel/settings page, additional database requests, uninstall routines and such. End result: a lightweight system that just works and saves clicks & time :-).

Multisite install: Of course, it’s fully compatible but have a look in the FAQ section here for more info :)

Single install: The plugin WILL also working like a charm for regular non-Multisite installs – just without the network specific stuff. However, there’s still A LOT (single) site specific stuff supported. So it’s up to your use case :). — I for myself use this plugin on each and every install because it SAVES ME A LOT OF CLICKS & TIME! …and that was the very reason I’ve developed it, yeah :-)

Own translation/wording: For custom and update-secure language files please upload them to /wp-content/languages/multisite-toolbar-additions/ (just create this folder) – This enables you to use fully custom translations that won’t be overridden on plugin updates. Also, complete custom English wording is possible with that, just use a language file like multisite-toolbar-extras-en_US.mo/.po to achieve that (for creating one see the tools on “Other Notes”).

· Minimum WordPress version required: 3.6
· Tested up to WordPress version: 3.9.12

FAQ

Q. Why another Multisite Toolbar plugin, there are already some others!?
A. You’re right! If you’re happy with one of the others then that’s absolutely great and you don’t need to add or switch anything! :)

I just made this new plugin here for my own needs and some of my client admins. As I am an open source evangelist I like to release my stuff to the public to give back to the community!

Plugin developer David Decker: What has proved its day to day usage and usefullness on more than 100 installs (Multisites and regular single site installs) before, could be used by many other (super) admins as well, right? :-)))

Q. Does this plugin work with latest WordPress version and also older versions?
A. Yes, this plugin works really fine with the LATEST WordPress branch 3.8+! :-)
And sorry, it DOES NOT work with WordPress versions older than 3.6 so please update your install if you haven’t done yet :).

Q. How do I use the custom Nav Menu for Super Admins for the toolbar?
A. All menu items via a Custom Menu – and at all other places in the Toolbar (a.k.a. Admin Bar) – are only visible and accessable for Super Admins. That means in a Multisite environment all admins who can manage the network. In regular WordPress (single) installs these are users with the Administrator user role.

Added Menu Location by the plugin is: “Multisite Toolbar Menu” (again: only for Super Admins)

Steps for setting up a menu:

  • Create a new menu, set a name like “Super Admin Toolbar” or such…
  • Setup your links, might mostly be custom links, or any other…
  • Save the new menu to the plugin’s menu location. That’s it :)
  • Please note: Every parent item = one main toolbar entry! So best would be to only use one parent item and set all other items as children.

Q. How can I adjust the position of my custom Nav Menu?
A. Since version 1.4.0 of the plugin there’s a filter for that. See this example that needs to be added to your theme’s/ child theme’s functions.php file or a functionality plugin. Try values between 1 and 100:

add_filter( 'mstba_filter_super_admin_nav_menu_priority', 'mstba_custom_position_super_admin_nav_menu' );
/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Adjust Super Admin Nav Menu Position
 */
function mstba_custom_position_super_admin_nav_menu() {

    return 20;

}

Q. How do I use the custom Nav Menu for Site Admins for the toolbar?
A. The usage is identical as the Super Admin menu – see above 2 questions for instructions!

Only difference: This Site Admins menu is only viewable by site admins but only Super Admins can setup and edit it!

The filter for the hook priority here is called mstba_filter_restricted_admin_nav_menu_priority — and works in the very same as above!

Q. How can I adjust the position of Network admin “+ New” section?
A. This could be easily done with the following example code that needs to be added to your theme’s/ child theme’s functions.php file or a functionality plugin. Try values between 1 and 100:

add_filter( 'mstba_filter_network_admin_new_content_priority', 'mstba_custom_position_network_admin_new_content' );
/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Adjust Network Admin "+ New" Position
 */
function mstba_custom_position_network_admin_new_content() {

    return 80;

}

Q. Can I remove the “+ New” (new content) section in Network admin?
A. Yes, it’s possible! This line of code needs to be added to your theme’s/ child theme’s functions.php file or a functionality plugin:

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Remove Network Admin "+ New" section
 */
add_filter( 'mstba_filter_display_network_new_content', '__return_false' );

Q. How are new resources being added to the toolbar/admin bar?
A. Just drop me a note on my Twitter @deckerweb or via my contact page and I’ll add the link if it is useful for Multisite/ Super Admins.

Q. Is this plugin Multisite compatible?
A. Of course it is! :) Works really fine in Multisite invironment – for Super Admins.

Q. In Multisite, could I “network activate” this plugin?
A. Yes, you could! Again, it’s only displayed and useful for Super Admins. — Activating on a per-site basis is also possible. Just decide what works best for you.

Q. Has this plugin any use for non-Multisite installs?
A. Yes, of course! :) The plugin is working like a charm in single-site installs – just without the network specific stuff. However, there’s still A LOT (single) site specific stuff supported. So it’s up to your use case :).

Q. Special instructions for the supported ‘BackWPup’ plugin?
A. Yes, I have some advise for you :) — My plugin only adds any BackWPup resources to your toolbar if you didn’t enabled the “Toolbar / Admin Bar option” on the BackWPup settings page.

  • Enable BackWPup Toolbar / Adminbar = BackWPup handles its own stuff…
  • Disable BackWPup Toolbar / Adminbar = Multisite Toolbar Additions will handle BackWPup’s toolbar items :)

Q. Could certain sections/ item groups be removed?
A. Yes, this is possible! You can remove the following sections: “My Sites” menu area (all network items) / “My Sites” menu area (all sub site specific items) / “Super Admin Nav Menu” group (all items) / “Network Plugin Support” (all network plugin items) / “(Sub Site) Plugin Support” (all site plugin items) / “(Sub) Site Specific Items” – useful to disable for specific Super Admin users…

To achieve this add one, some or all of the following constants to your main theme’s/child theme’s functions.php file, functionality plugin or MU plugin:

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Remove Network Admin Specific Items
 */
define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_NETWORK_ITEMS', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Remove Sub Site Specific Items
 */
define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_SUBSITE_ITEMS', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Disable Custom Nav Menu for Super Admins
 */
define( 'MSTBA_SUPER_ADMIN_NAV_MENU', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Disable restricted Custom Nav Menu for Site Admins
 */
define( 'MSTBA_RESRICTED_ADMIN_NAV_MENU', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Disable Plugin Support for Network Wide Plugins
 */
define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_NETWORK_EXTEND_GROUP', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Disable Plugin Support for (Sub) Site Specific Plugins
 */
define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_SITE_EXTEND_GROUP', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Disable Site Specific Items
 */
define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_SITE_GROUP', FALSE );

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Disable Nav Menu List Edit Items
 */
define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_LIST_EDIT_MENUS', FALSE );

Q. Could the the whole toolbar entries be removed, especially for certain users?
A. Yes, that’s also possible! This could be useful if your site has special user roles/capabilities or other settings that are beyond the default WordPress stuff etc. For example: if you want to disable the display of any “Multisite Toolbar Additions” items for all user roles of “Editor” please use this code:

To hide only from the user with a user ID of “2”:

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Remove Network Admin specific Items for user ID 2
 */
if ( 2 === get_current_user_id() ) {
    define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_NETWORK_ITEMS', FALSE );
}

To hide items only in frontend use this code:

/**
 * Multisite Toolbar Additions:
 *    Remove Network Admin specific Items from frontend
 */
if ( ! is_admin() ) {
    define( 'MSTBA_DISPLAY_NETWORK_ITEMS', FALSE );
}

Final note: I DON’T recommend to add customization code snippets to your main theme’s/child theme’s functions.php file! Please use a functionality plugin or an MU-plugin instead! This way you can also use this better for Multisite environments. In general you are then more independent from theme/child theme changes etc. If you don’t know how to create such a plugin yourself just use one of my recommended ‘Code Snippets’ plugins. Read & bookmark these Sites:

All the custom & branding stuff code above can also be found as a Gist on Github: https://gist.github.com/deckerweb/3498510 (you can also add your questions/ feedback there :)

Changelog

1.7.0 (2014-03-04)

  • NEW: Highly improved “Nav Menu” support, all editable menus are now listed as sub level items for “Menus” entry. (Could be disabled via constant if needed.)
  • NEW: As per user request I added an additional restricted Site Administrators toolbar menu. This is only effective in Multisite installs. Those menus can only be setup & edited via WP Nav Menus by Super Administrators – but then they are visible for administrator user roles (edit_theme_options capability).
  • NEW: For Multisite, under “Plugins” added “Network Plugins” admin link for sub site admin areas – handy link to network wide plugins page.
  • NEW: For Multisite, under “Themes” added “Network Theme Editor” admin link (respects all Editor disable stuff, hehe! :) for sub site admin areas – handy link to theme editor if needed.
  • NEW: Added new logic to prevent other users than super admins from editing those custom (nav) menus that are used within the Toolbar.
  • UPDATE: Removed all CSS that was added in v1.5.0 — it was annoying and should not longer be there for WordPress 3.8 or higher. I guess this is finally for the better! :)
  • UPDATE: Fixed double appearance of “Themes” and “Plugins” in Network Admin sublevel – now fixed for all instances :).
  • CODE: Improved modular structure of the plugin for better maintenance and performance.
  • CODE: Code and documentation tweaks and improvements.
  • UPDATE: Extended and improved readme.txt file here.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!
  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “Stream” (free, by X-Team).
    • NEW: Added support for “Snitch” (free, by Sergej Müller).
    • NEW: Added support for “WPMS Admin Reports” (free, by Joe Motacek).
    • UPDATE: Updated and improved support for these plugins: “WP Migrate DB Pro”.

1.6.1 (2013-12-08)

  • BUGFIX: Fix check for a special Multisite function.
  • Otherwise see below for changelog of v1.6.0

1.6.0 (2013-12-07)

  • UPDATE: Tweaked the adding of Network “New Content” instance, to load more reliable.
  • UPDATE: Tweaked “View Site” link for sub sites and fixed the display.
  • UPDATE: Fixed double appearance of “Themes” and “Plugins” in Network Admin, that came in WordPress 3.7+ — decided to unhook these defaults and keep our own items – already there from v1.0.0 :-).
  • UPDATE: Introduced helper function for our helper constants to make them available early but also unhookable.
  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “Smart Security Tools” (premium, by Smart Plugins/ Milan Petrovic).
    • NEW: Added support for “Better WP Security” (free, by Chris Wiegman & iThemes).
    • UPDATE: Updated and improved support for these plugins: “Quick Cache”/ “Quick Cache Pro”.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!

1.5.0 (2013-11-21)

  • UPDATE: Fixed “Menu Locations” link, updated for WordPress 3.6+.
  • UPDATE: Fixed “Google Pagespeed” URL to their current used version.
  • UPDATE: In Multisite context the plugin has “Network: true” defined in plugin header that means it is only network activated (the whole sense & purpose of the plugin, anyways :).
  • UPDATE: Added additional checks for our defined constants to avoid PHP notices under some circumstances.
  • UPDATE: Improved current “MP6” admin plugin support with various CSS tweaks.
  • NEW: Under “Plugins” added “Add New” admin link for sub site admin areas – handy link to the plugin installer.
  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “Genesis Simple Sidebars” (free, by StudioPress/ Copyblogger Media LLC).
    • NEW: Added support for “Smart Tabber Widget” (premium, by Smart Plugins/ Milan Petrovic).
    • UPDATE: Updated and improved support for these plugins: “WP-Optimize”, “Snapshot”, “Smart Cleanup Tools”, “Smart Admin Tweaks”, “Ultimate Branding”.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!

1.4.0 (2013-05-07)

  • NEW: Added filter for hook priority for the custom nav menu for super admins — this allows you to change the position of your custom nav menu (try values between 1 and 100…, see FAQ for more info…).
  • NEW: For Sub Sites or non-Multisite installs, added links for Widgets, Nav Menus, Theme Customizer, appropriate for backend/ frontend, based on default toolbar items.
  • NEW: Added “+ New” (new content) section for the Network admin area, that contains only Network specific items for super admins, plus a few items from our supported plugins.
  • NEW: Added “Plugins” items to non-Multisite installs to jump faster into plugins section.
  • NEW: For Sub Sites or non-Multisite installs, replaced “View Site” item within “/wp-admin/” with our own iteration, allowing for smarter (own) translations, and better adding of sub level items.
  • NEW: Added external links to “Pingdom” and “Google Page Speed” tests as sub level items for “View Site” (see before).
  • NEW: Added minor CSS rule for group items if [“MP6” plugin(http://wordpress.org/plugins/mp6/) is active (note, will be the future of ‘/wp-admin/’ styling!).
  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “Smart Options Optimizer” (premium, by Smart Plugins/ Milan Petrovic).
    • NEW: Added support for “Simple System Info” (premium, by Smart Plugins/ Milan Petrovic).
    • NEW: Added support for “Hide My WP” (premium, by Hassan Jahangiri).
    • NEW: Added support for “Widget Settings Importer/Exporter” (free, by Kevin Langley, Sean McCafferty, Mark Parolisi).
    • NEW: Added support for “Tabify Edit Screen” (free, by Marko Heijnen).
    • NEW: Added support for “Restrict Widgets” (free, by Digital Factory).
    • NEW: Added support for “P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)” (free, by GoDaddy.com).
    • NEW: Added support for “Blog Copier” (free, by Modern Tribe, Inc.).
    • NEW: Added support for “NS Cloner – Site Copier” (free, by Never Settle).
    • NEW: Added support for “NS Cloner Pro” (premium, by Never Settle).
    • NEW: Added support for “Codestyling Localization” (free, by Heiko Rabe).
    • NEW: Added support for “WP Migrate DB” (free, by Brad Touesnard).
    • NEW: Added support for “WP Migrate DB Pro” (premium, by Delicious Brains (Brad Touesnard & Chris Aprea)).
    • NEW: Added support for “Multisite Robots.txt Manager” (free, by tribalNerd).
    • NEW: Added support for “WordPress MU Domain Mapping” (free, by Donncha O Caoimh, Ron Rennick, Automatic Inc.).
    • NEW: Added support for “Go Sidebar Wizard” (premium, by Granth).
    • UPDATE: Updated and improved support for these plugins: “Code Snippets”, “Snapshot”, “BackWPup”, “WP-Piwik”, “Smart Cleanup Tools”, “Smart Admin Tweaks”.
  • UPDATED: A few minor tweaks to further improve loading/ performance.
  • CODE: Some code/ documentation updates & improvements.
  • UPDATE: Added new FAQ items here in the readme.txt file.
  • UPDATE: Improved/ extended readme.txt file here.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!

1.3.0 (2013-03-21)

  • NEW: Added additional “Install Plugin” & “Install Theme” items to the regular “+ Add New” section. This makes it even faster and more elegant to jump to the install/ upload/ search sections!
  • NEW: Little CSS tweak for Network Admin “My Sites Menu”, to remove additional border line if Network Items from this plugin here are active.
  • UPDATE: Enhanced Network wide “Plugins” & “Themes” items.
  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “Smart Cleanup Tools” (premium, by Smart Plugins/ Milan Petrovic).
    • NEW: Added support for “Smart Admin Tweaks” (premium, by Smart Plugins/ Milan Petrovic).
    • NEW: Added support for “Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions” (free, by Rolf van Gelder).
    • UPDATE: Updated “Snapshot” plugin support with link for new destination “GreenQloud Storage”.
    • UPDATE: Updated support for “BackWPup” to support newest v3.x branch of the plugin.
  • CODE: Minor code/ documentation updates & improvements.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!

1.2.0 (2012-11-27)

  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “Snapshot” (premium, by Paul Menard (Incsub)/ WPMU DEV).
    • NEW: Added support for “Ultimate Branding” (premium, by Incsub Team/ WPMU DEV).
    • NEW: Added support for “Login Security Solution” (free, by Daniel Convissor).
  • NEW: In Network Admin added ‘Dashboard’ link for main site to ‘site-name’ menu.
  • CODE: Minor code/ documentation updates & improvements.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!

1.1.1 (2012-10-05)

  • BUGFIX: Corrected settings link for “Multisite Language Switcher” plugin – sorry!

1.1.0 (2012-09-18)

  • Extended plugin support:
    • NEW: Added support for “User Management Tools” (free, by scribu/AppThemes).
    • NEW: Added support for “Network Mass Email” (free, Kenny Zaron).
    • NEW: Added support for “Organizational Message Notifier” (free, Zaantar).
    • NEW: Added support for “Multisite Language Switcher” (free, Dennis Ploetner).
    • NEW: Added support for “Code Snippets” (free, by Shea Bunge).
    • NEW: Added support for “Code With WP Code Snippets” (free, by Thomas Griffin) (plugin currently in beta, hosted at GitHub).
    • NEW: Added support for “BackWPup” (free, by Daniel Hüsken).
    • NEW: Added support for “Toolbox Modules” (free, by Sergej Müller) – see also his plugin instructions.
    • NEW: Added support for “Relevanssi” (free) and “Relevanssi Premium” (premium) both by Mikko Saari, http://www.relevanssi.com.
  • CODE: Performance optimizing to load code for a lot of plugins only if ever needed (when activated).
  • NEW: Added CSS class suport for the Custom WP Nav Menu for Super Admins (via regular WP Menus!).
  • UPDATE: Updated and improved readme.txt file here.
  • UPDATE: Updated German translations and also the .pot file for all translators!
  • UPDATE: Initiated new three digits versioning, starting with this version.
  • UPDATE: Moved screenshots to ‘assets’ folder in WP.org SVN to reduce plugin package size.

1.0.0 (2012-08-28)

  • Initial release
  • Including support for 4 Multisite aware plugins
  • Including support for 7 site specific plugins