Admin and Action Bars

You may have noticed a gray, blue or black bar that appears at the top of your pages when logged into your account. This bar is called the Admin Bar and it is an easy-to-access toolbar with a few shortcuts to some central dashboard pages.

In the bottom right of your, or another, site you will also see the Action Bar. This bar provides different shortcuts based on what page you’re on, and if you’re logged into your account.

This guide explains these tools in more detail.

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Admin Bar

When you visit any site while logged into your account you will see a thinner, black version of the Admin Bar. This version has the same functionality as the Admin Bar you see from within your account.

This toolbar may not be altered or removed, except on sites with a Business Plan.

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My Site(s)

My Sites and Reader

My Site will take you to the main menu for editing and managing your site. By default, the first page you will see is your Stats page. All of the tools you need to create site pages, posts, edit existing content, and manage your settings will be in a menu under My Site.

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Switch Site

If you have more than one site, you’ll see My Sites instead of My Site in your Admin bar. You can switch to another site you own or manage from My Sites.

My Sites Switch Site
  1. Click on My Sites.
  2. Click Switch Site.
  3. Select the site you want to edit from the list

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The Reader button takes you to the Reader where you can see the latest posts from any sites that you follow, browse topics (tags), or peruse Discover.

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Write, Profile & Notifications

On the right-hand side of your Admin Bar is Write, Profile (or Me), and Notifications.

New Post My Profile My Notifications

The Write button simply takes you to the New Post Editor.

The number to the right of Write button indicates the number of Post drafts you have. Clicking that number shows the list of such drafts.

Write Button List of Post Drafts

The Profile link (which shows your Gravatar if you have one) takes you to the Me section of your account. From this section you can manage your account profile, account settings, purchases and more.

Clicking on Notifications will open a dropdown that displays your latest notifications, including recent likes and comments.

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Action Bar

The Action Bar appears at the bottom right of your site. When expanded through the three dots in the Action Bar, various shortcuts appear.

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Not Logged-in Visitors

Visitors who are not logged in to will see:

Note that, depending on the theme you are using, the Action Bar may not show the Follow option on sites that have a Static Homepage set or on sites that have less than two Blog Posts.

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Logged-in Visitors

Visitors who are logged in to will see:

Action Bar - Logged In WP

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Action Bar on Your Site

If you look at any of your own sites, you will see:

Action Bar - Signed In Owner
  • Get help setting up your theme
  • Copy shortlink
  • View post in Reader
  • Manage subscriptions
  • Collapse this bar

And, the normal Follow button is replaced with Customize, Edit and Stats.

You can hide the Action Bar from your site using Custom CSS code.

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