Remembering WP Admin site administration has moved little by little from the WP Admin dashboard to the new-ish Calypso dashboard since it’s introduction two years ago.

There are still many features that are ultimately handled in the WP Admin dashboard, even if they start out in the Calypso dashboard. Some examples include changing your site address, transferring site ownership, approving a new Viewer on a Private site, adding links to a blog roll, adding a poll to your site, disallowing comments on media files, emptying your site content without deleting your entire site, and many others.

For long-time users this back and forth between WP Admin and Calypso is inconvenient, if not maddening. For new users it’s an adventure because new user sign ups do not have a direct link to their WP Admin dashboard from Calypso and may not even know what WP Admin is.

Given the push to use the Calypso Dashboard exclusively, perhaps Staff’s amnesia is not surprising when users ask about adding features through the WP Admin dashboard. Two recent examples include automatically adding star ratings to posts and pages and adding other sharing services to the ones now offers. It’s still possible to do, but through WP Admin. (NB: See below)

Calypso is here to stay (however affected it will be following the recent decision to rewrite it in a different JavaScript Library), but WP Admin is also still around and active. It’s bad enough that users need to bounce between Calypso and WP Admin, but it’s a real disservice to new users to eliminate that direct link to WP Admin in light of the number of current processes that depend on it.

@wordpressdotcom let’s bring it back.

*Update 14 February 2020 returned the link to WP Admin in the MySite’s dashboard for all users. You can read more in this recent post.

*Update 23 March 2021 combined aspects of both the Calypso and WP Admin dashboard into one single navigation. Read the official announcement and then visit my post Unified We Navigate?

NB: After you follow the instructions on PollDaddy to set up the ratings initially, the ratings system shows up in your WP Admin>Feedback>Polls dashboard and can be adjusted and viewed directly there or on PollDaddy.

Additional sharing services can be added if you know the set-up URLs, or also through Add-to-Any, which opens the WP Admin Dashboard>Settings>Sharing settings during the set-up process. (Yes, there is overlap with sharing services, but as of publication date, there are far more sharing services hidden behind one Add-to-Any button than currently available on

As always, the information in this post is correct as of publication date. Changes are inevitable.

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After 4 years hand-coding websites, 2 years setting up and running WordPress sites, I launched my first website on in 2006 and never looked back. Since then, I’ve helped other site owners safely navigate through the ins and outs of the ever-changing ecosystem. Find me at

8 thoughts on “Remembering WP Admin

  1. I’ve heard before about the differences, but being a long-time user I have access to the admin panel.

    If a new user goes into settings, do they / can they get to Admin from there?

    1. If you look at those screenshots, you’ll see that the link to WP Admin is missing from Calypso’s Dashboard on new user sites. The Support docs I linked to, and many others, mention that you can get to the WP Admin dashboard by adding /wp-admin to your site URL. When so much is still taken care of in WP Admin, why not add back that link to WP Admin for everyone?

    1. Thanks for mentioning that, Christine. I honestly don’t understand why the link to WP Admin was removed from the Calypso dash. It would make far more sense after everything moves to Calypso, but not now when WP Admin is still actively used and mentioned in so many support docs.

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