WordPress: Remove Default Dashboard Widgets

By default, the WordPress dashboard does look quite cluttered with too many widgets. You can of course add or remove the dashboard widgets manually, but this can be a pain if you manage a lot of sites. Also if you are building websites for clients the default widgets might be irrelevant or even confusing. The solution: remove them by default.

Just add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file and poof, the widgets are gone!

function remove_dashboard_widgets() {
	
	global $wp_meta_boxes; 

	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_activity']);	
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_incoming_links']);	
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_plugins']);	
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_recent_comments']);
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_right_now']);
	
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['side']['core']['dashboard_recent_drafts']);
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['side']['core']['dashboard_primary']);
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['side']['core']['dashboard_secondary']);
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['side']['core']['dashboard_quick_press']);
	
}
add_action('wp_dashboard_setup', 'remove_dashboard_widgets');
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