The real power of WordPress lies in the customizations. It is an open-source platform, which means, any developer can change the way it looks and functions.

Generally, the visuals are updated by themes, and the functionalities are added by plugins. And, themes are used to update the front-end looks of a WordPress powered website.

Over here, we’re talking about changing the way Dashboard (or Admin) area of WordPress looks. It can’t be achieved by a theme (as its back-end we’re trying to change). So, we’ve plugins to make it happen!

And, I’m sharing a compilation of best free WordPress admin themes (technically, plugins). Let’s see if any of the following suits your taste.

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    SHIFT Short WP Admin Theme

    54.0
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    It’s another choice you can have a look at which adds a gorgeous look while staying on the lighter side. It uses the icons by Elega …. Read full review
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    Material Admin Theme

    48.6
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    My first recommendation is going to change the admin area and will do a material designed makeover. When Google introduced this design standard, everyone was in love with it, and so was I. Now, here i …. Read full review
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    WP Flat Admin Theme

    37.7
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    Are you a fan of flat design methodologies? If yes, then check out what this plugin has to say. It uses the Flat UI by Design Modo developer with customization option for login logo and the whole back …. Read full review
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    Bootstrap Admin

    35.8
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    If you’re a big fan of the Bootstrap framework (I am), then check out the kind of look this plugin delivers and adds to t …. Read full review
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    Ultimo WP

    23.7
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    Looking for a slightly different makeover? See what Ultimo WP can deliver as it makes the Admin area even more gorgeous which is also ready for certain customizations. You’re allowed to change the f …. Read full review
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    Fancy Admin UI

    21.7
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    As you can judge from the name itself, it adds a fancy look to the whole Dashboard area, changing, almost everything. The Admin bar, footer, and each and every element, including the icons are updated …. Read full review
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    Helios Solutions Custom Admin Theme

    15.2
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    This plugin is not updated in last two years, so you’re advised to proceed with precautions. But, it deserves that chance as it packs more customizations than any of those above. You’re allowed to …. Read full review
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    Slate Admin Theme

    13.9
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    It’s a plugin perfectly compatible to work with the latest WordPress 4.0+ versions. It replaces the primary color scheme and certain visual elements with even cleaner and simplified look. It doesn’t …. Read full review
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    Live Admin Customizer

    12.5
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    We all have loved the Live Customizer feature of WordPress and wish we have more powers added to that tool. If you wish to have a plugin that can allow you to change the scheme of Dashboard and that t …. Read full review
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    Blue Admin

    6.0
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    The old Facebook style inspires the color scheme here and if you loved that, then here is your way to do this makeover for t …. Read full review
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    Tamed Admin Theme

    5.4
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    It changes the Dashboard looks into a more elegant and eye-pleasing. The UI used here is minimal, making this lightweight …. Read full review
11 Free WordPress Admin Themes for your Dashboard 2018 Summery
NameEditor’s RatingPricing Model
SHIFT Short WP Admin Theme 2/5Open source
Material Admin Theme 3.1/5Open source
WP Flat Admin Theme 2/5Open source
Bootstrap Admin 2.1/5Open source
Ultimo WP 2.9/5Open source