About a week ago, I wrote about a WordPress plugin called UpdraftCentral that allows you to manage multiple websites from a single dashboard. While the dashboard itself is pretty minimal, I had a couple readers ask about the possibility of changing the colors to match their theme.

UPDATE (Feb 6, 2018) : As of the latest version release of UpdraftCentral, the UI has been changed dramatically. These CSS updates may not have the desired affect shown in the screen captures.

The default color scheme for UpdraftCentral probably won’t match your theme

Like most color changes, the modifications can be done via CSS. We’ll make it simple… just copy and paste the code below into your custom CSS. Most themes have a section for custom CSS, if you’re doesn’t, then you can use a child theme CSS to get the affected changes.

/*UpdraftCentral Color Customization*/

/*Top Dashboard Navigation Bar*/
#updraft-central-navigation {
background-color: #000000 !important;

/*Top Dashboard Hover Color on Icons*/
#updraft-central-navigation .top_menu_right .dashicons:hover {
color: #dd3333

/*Side Menu Background Color on Hover*/
.updraft-menu-item:hover, .updraft-menu-item-links:hover {
background-color: #dd3333 !important;

/*Side Menu Active Item Background Color*/
.updraft-menu-item-links-active {
background-color: #dd3333 !important;

/*Side Menu Central Button Background Color*/
#updraft-central-sidebar-button {
background-color: #000000 !important;

/*Button Outline & Background Color*/
.updraftcentral_dashboard #updraft-central-content .btn-primary,
#updraftcentral_modal_dialog .btn-primary, .updraft_download_button,
.updraft_site_settings_output button.button-primary,
.modal-footer .btn-primary, #updraftplus-settings-save {
border: 1px solid #ffffff !important;
color: #FFF !important;
background-color: #dd3333 !important;

/*End UpdraftCentral Color Customization*/

The code above will give you an UpdraftCentral dashboard that looks like this:

New color scheme applied via CSS changes.

You can experiment with the colors in the CSS to get the look you want for your own dashboard. Let us kow what you think!

Featured Image Credit: Photo by Branko Stancevic on Unsplash

Sharif Jameel

Sharif Jameel is a business owner, IT professional, runner, & musician. His professional certifications include CASP, Sec+, Net+, MCSA, & ITIL and others. He’s also the guitar player for the Baltimore-based cover band, Liquifaction.


Brooke Bailey · May 19, 2018 at 2:27 am

this is cool..but way over my head.

WP Levels · August 30, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Nice and simple solution. 🙂

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