If you run WordPress 3.1 on your own site the recent upgrade may have brought a surprise — pleasant or nasty depends on your reaction.
WordPress 3.1 enabled by default a new Admin Bar — a grey stripe across the top of every page that gives you quick access to certain features such as editing a Page or checking Comments.
This new Admin Bar is only displayed when you’re logged in though. That means that a website owner or user who’s logged in will see it, while an ordinary visitor will not.
I’m guessing there are a few bewildered site owners out there who aren’t sure why this grey stripe is sometimes there and sometimes not. They may also worry that the public at large can now log in and mess with their site.
The Admin Bar is easy to disable
The good news is that it’s incredibly simple to disable the Admin Bar if you know where to look.
That hiding place is in the User’s Profile.
To disable it for yourself log in as usual and click on the
Your Profile link in the left-hand navigation bar. Your profile opens up for editing.
Now uncheck the box beside
when viewing site in the
Show Admin Bar section.
What might be useful is to check the box to display the Admin Bar while you’re actually in the Admin area. It may offer speedier access than the left navigation bar to certain functions on your site.
Web developers: hand over the annoying training
This kind of thing can be just downright annoying. If you’re a great web developer you don’t necessarily enjoy spending time teaching clients how to actually use their fantastic new site. And you don’t necessarily enjoy the panicked emails and calls that such new features bring.
Help is at hand though. I’m a seasoned and experienced trainer and that kind of help and support is just what I love doing.
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