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Toolbar Extras for MainWP Dashboard – Manage WordPress Websites Even Faster

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Toolbar Extras for MainWP Dashboard – Manage WordPress Websites Even Faster


πŸš€ Quick Access to Your Website Management with MainWP Dashboard directly from your Toolbar. Use the components you want and be faster with your daily or weekly tasks in MainWP.
This smart WordPress plugin just adds missed and very useful admin links for MainWP Dashboard to your Toolbar / Admin Bar. Save mouse travel and scrolling time. Access updates tasks, your Child Websites, settings and extensions way easier and faster from this one central hub at the top of your Dashboard installation.

Video direct link | Long version video (full walkthrough) | Install & setup video

I use this Add-On for more than a half year already and it feels totally natural for MainWP. Now I am more focused, faster with my daily tasks and it is customized all the way I wanted it. Since I am using this MainWP Add-On for Toolbar Extras, I am more than happy and have never looked back! πŸ˜‰ — says David Decker, plugin developer

ℹ️ Essential: Toolbar Extras for MainWP Dashboard is an Add-On plugin, it requires the base plugin “Toolbar Extras”.
ℹ️ Important: “MainWP Dashboard” is a free plugin for WordPress by MainWP.
ℹ️ Disclaimer: Toolbar Extras for MainWP is an independent free plugin by David Decker from DECKERWEB. It does not represent MainWP.

β™₯️ Features – What the Plugin Does

  • Now fully compatible to MainWP 4.0 or higher — and also for 3.5.x still!
  • Bring up to 11 MainWP Components into your Toolbar
  • Start Child Websites synchronizing from Toolbar (when on MainWP pages)
  • Start “Update All” from Toolbar (when on MainWP pages)
  • Quick Jump links for settings, features, extensions
  • Deactivate MainWP admin menu (left) – no longer needed πŸ˜ƒ
  • Deactivate MainWP footer bar (bottom) no longer needed πŸ˜ƒ
  • Up to 58 Add-On settings for customizing the experience (components, features, icon, position, label, etc.)
  • Extensions directly integrated where possible and useful (only when Extension is active, of course) – extensions list see below
  • Resources – deep links to MainWP knowledge base; also for Extensions
  • Filter for MainWP plugins/extensions on WordPress’ Plugins page
  • Additional MainWP Admin Menu & Submenu items (Toolbar, Plugins filter, Site Health, Debug Info, Activity Log) – for WordPress Admin Menu, plus optional MainWP branded admin menu
  • Subtle styling tweaks in Updates modal for better overview πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ‘ More Benefits

  • Non-bloated, already familiar interface (the WP Toolbar)
  • Customizeable: Only display the components you need
  • You can disable the additional MainWP left-hand menu, and their footer area – now all resources are accessable via the Toolbar
  • Get more focused, save mouse travel and scrolling time, be more productive!
  • Get your website maintenance work done even faster – let the Toolbar work for you!
  • Any items are only loaded if needed
  • Fully internationalized and translateable

πŸ”Œ Supported/ Integrated free MainWP Extensions

  • Advanced Uptime Monitor (free, by MainWP) – check Child Site uptime
  • Vulnerability Checker (free, by MainWP) – scan Child Sites
  • Clean And Lock (free, by MainWP) – lock down your MainWP Dashboard install for the public (highly recommended!)
  • BackWPup (free, by MainWP) – great backup integration
  • UpdraftPlus (free, by MainWP) – great backup integration
  • BackUpWordPress (free, by MainWP) – great backup integration
  • Sucuri (free, by MainWP) – security & malware scanner
  • Activity Log for MainWP (free, by WP White Security) – activity logs for Child Sites and Dashboard install
  • WP Compress (free, WP Compress)image optimization
  • WP Fix It Extension (free, by WP Fix It/ MainWP) – support/maintenance service
  • already via Toolbar Extras base plugin: MainWP Child (free, by MainWP)
  • already via Toolbar Extras base plugin: MainWP Child Reports (free, by MainWP)

πŸ”Œ Supported/ Integrated Premium MainWP Extensions

  • All below are paid premium extensions made by MainWP!
  • BackupBuddygreat backup integration for “BackupBuddy” (premium as well)
  • Brandingbranding/ white label solution for MainWP
  • Broken Links Checkercheck Child Sites links
  • Client Reportsclient reports for your Child Sites
  • Cloneclone certain Child Sites
  • Code Snippetscentral code snippets for Child Sites
  • Commentscentral comment moderation for Child Sites
  • Favoritesmanage favorites
  • File Uploadercentral file upload for Child Sites
  • Google Analyticscentral Google Analytics management for Child Sites
  • iThemes Securitysecurity integration for Child Sites via “iThemes Security” plugin
  • Links Managerlink manager for Child Sites
  • Maintenancecentral maintenance task management for Child Sites
  • Page Speedcentral page speed tool for Child Sites
  • Piwik (Matomo) – central Matomo Analytics management for Child Sites (formerly known as Piwik)
  • Rocket (WP Rocket) – central Cache management solution for Child Sites via “WP Rocket” plugin (premium as well)
  • Staging (WP-Staging) – staging solution for Child Sites via “WP-Staging” plugin (free version only)
  • Wordfencesecurity integration for Child Sites via “Wordfence” plugin
  • WordPress SEO (Yoast SEO) – SEO integration via “Yoast SEO” plugin
  • WP Time Capsule (in Beta still) – great backup integration for “WP Time Capsule” premium backup service
  • Note: Support for more premium extensions by MainWP will be integrated/ added over time

ℹ️ Important: Required/ Recommended for plugin usage

  • Required: User has role Administrator (needed capabilities manage_options and edit_theme_options)
  • Required: Toolbar/ Admin Bar is enabled (user profile settings in WordPress)
  • Required: User is logged in (of course)
  • Recommended: Plugin’s settings are enabled to show the wanted links (or any filter/ constant in code)

🌎 Translations

  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ English (United States) – en_US = default, always included
  • πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ German (informal, default)de_DE
  • πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ German (formal)de_DE_formal
  • .pot file (toolbar-extras-mainwp.pot) for translators is always included in the plugin’s ‘languages’ folder πŸ™‚

😎 Be a Contributor

If you want to translate, go to the Translation Portal at translate.wordpress.org.

You can also contribute code-wise via our Toolbar Extras for MainWP GitHub Repository – and see where you can help.

πŸ“ Documentation and Support

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Enjoy using the Add-On Toolbar Extras for MainWP? Please consider making a donation – every donation helps to support the project’s continued development, maintenance and support.
Thank you very much in advance for your support!

Additional Info

Idea Behind / Philosophy: Just a little lightweight plugin for all the Non-Coder site builders out there using Elementor page builder – making their daily work and life just a little easier.

Last but not least

Special Thanks go out to my family for allowing me to do such spare time projects (aka free plugins) and supporting me in every possible way!

My Other Plugins


  • Control up to 11 MainWP Components from the Toolbar

  • Manage your Child Sites – optionally list websites (adjustable via Add-On settings)

  • My MainWP Dashboard – Overview and access to the setup wizard steps

  • Easy access to external, helpful resources for MainWP and Extensions

  • Start Update Actions from the Toolbar

  • Support for MainWP Extensions (free & Premium) directly built-in – items appear only if an Extension is active

  • Recommended MainWP Dashboard Options for a perfect Toolbar integration & support πŸ˜‰

  • MainWP Add-On options in Toolbar Extras settings page

  • Example: Settings for the “Websites” component (Child Sites)

  • More tweaks and settings for MainWP from this Add-On

  • Additional color palette item to have a perfectly styled Toolbar for MainWP πŸ™‚

  • For MainWP Branded Admin MenΓΌ: additional Dashboard items

  • For MainWP Branded Admin MenΓΌ: additional Child Site item

  • For MainWP Branded Admin MenΓΌ: additional Extension item

  • Filter all MainWP Plugins/ Extensions on WordPress’ Plugins page

  • Plugin Manager suggestions for required and recommended plugins for your MainWP Dashboard installation

  • Help tab for this Add-On


Minimum Requirements

  • Base plugin: Toolbar Extras, version 1.4.6 or higher
  • WordPress version 4.7 or higher
  • PHP version 5.6.20 or higher
  • MySQL version 5.0 or higher
  • Administrator user with capabilities manage_options and edit_theme_options who is logged-in and has the Toolbar (Admin Bar) enabled (user profile)

We Recommend Your Host Supports at least:

  • PHP version 7.2 or higher
  • MySQL version 5.6 or higher / OR MariaDB 10.1 or higher
  • HTTPS support


  1. Install using the WordPress built-in Plugin installer (via Plugins > Add New – search for toolbar extras mainwp), or extract the ZIP file and drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Settings > Toolbar Extras to adjust any options for this plugin (“MainWP” settings tab)
  4. Now enjoy managing your website portfolio even faster with MainWP – and let the Toolbar work for you πŸ˜‰

For documentation and tutorials visit our Knowledge Base.


Is it compatible with MainWP 4.0 or higher?

Yes, since plugin version 1.1.0 it is fully compatible to MainWP 4.0 or higer: that means the WordPress Toolbar (Admin Bar) is NOW back again! And you can of course use it for this add-on plugin here!!

Can I run this on my normal business live website?

Technically yes. However, it absolutely makes no sense! You should think twice if you really want to do that.

Maintainig your websites is a whole another task than presenting your business and/or portfolio on your website.
MainWP Dashboard should live in a dedicated, security and performance optimized single site install (regular WordPress way, non-Multisite!) and only be used for this one purpose. Then adding Toolbar Extras (base plugin) AND Toolbar Extras for MainWP (this Add-On plugin) makes the perfect sense and will bring you the best results and time savings.

Why is Toolbar Extras plugin required?

Toolbar Extras is the “base” or “main” plugin. It provides a lot of functionality under the hood, like the settings page, and lots of helper functions. This plugin here, “Toolbar Extras for MainWP” is just an Add-On for it, adding features on top. It extends the functionality, that means, adding more specific items to the Toolbar. In this case specifically for the MainWP Dashboard plugin.

Why is MainWP Dashboard plugin required?

While technically the MainWP Dashboard plugin is not “required”, this Add-On here makes absolutely no sense without it.

Why has the base plugin “Toolbar Extras” the word “Elementor” in its title?

That is only in the plugin’s readme and therefore appears on the plugin page on wordpress.org. The reason is simple: the “Elementor Add-On” is de-facto built-in in the base plugin and not an extra Add-On (like this one here for MainWP). But don’t worry: you won’t see any Elementor stuff ever. Those integrations are only ever loaded at all if Elementor is installed and active.

So don’t get confused πŸ™‚ On your “Plugins” page in your WordPress install the base plugin is listed normally as just “Toolbar Extras” and that is also the official name and it is referenced everywhere as that only.

For more background info on this topic have look on our website:
* Blog post: Can Toolbar Extras be Used Without Elementor? (or Plugin/ Theme Xyz?)
* Documentation article: Why is Toolbar Extras required and why no standalone plugin?

Will this Plugin slow down my site?

Absolutely not. The plugin will only do its stuff for logged-in Administrator users. It does nothing for visitors of your site. Plugin loads its stuff only when needed and if supported theme/ plugin is active. Plugin was built to be as lightweight as possible.

Does the Plugin work with Multisite?

Yes, technically it works fine in Multisite, you could even activate it Network-wide if you want. However, it makes absolutely no sense to setup a “MainWP Dashboard Site” as Multisite install! Such a “Dashboard Site” is for managing dozens of other websites and therefore should be absolutely lightweight and only focused on this one purpose. I would only ever recommend to run the MainWP Dashboard on a regular single WordPress install, which is also fine-tuned for security and performance.

More info on Translations?
  • English – default, always included
  • German (de_DE): Deutsch – immer dabei! πŸ™‚
  • For custom and update-safe language files please upload them to /wp-content/languages/toolbar-extras-mainwp/ (just create this folder) – This enables you to use fully custom translations that won’t be overridden on plugin updates. Also, complete custom English wording is possible with that as well, just use a language file like toolbar-extras-mainwp-en_US.mo/.po to achieve that (for creating one see the following tools).

Easy WordPress.org plugin translation platform with GlotPress platform: Translate “Toolbar Extras for MainWP”…

Note: All my plugins are internationalized/ translateable by default. This is very important for all users worldwide. So please contribute your language to the plugin to make it even more useful. For translating and validating I recommend the awesome “Poedit Editor”, which works fine on Windows, macOS and Linux.


January 5, 2022
I actually tried this 3 times before making a bad review. Simply put, despite security or server configurations, this plugin will break your site. When I say break your site, I’m talking you will have to delete the Plugin server-side to get it back online. I was unable to access either the dashboard or with my site manager.
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Contributors & Developers

“Toolbar Extras for MainWP Dashboard – Manage WordPress Websites Even Faster” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Toolbar Extras for MainWP Dashboard – Manage WordPress Websites Even Faster” has been translated into 1 locale. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Toolbar Extras for MainWP Dashboard – Manage WordPress Websites Even Faster” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


(For the full changelog of this plugin visit its website at ToolbarExtras.com)

πŸŽ‰ 1.1.0 – 2019-08-31

  • New: Successfully tested with MainWP Dashboard 4.x Beta/RC releases
  • New: Added full compatibility with MainWP Dashboard 4.x version
  • New: Added new setting to choose admin URL scheme for Child Sites
  • Tweak: Changed default admin URL scheme for Child Sites, using MainWP Dashboard helper function to log in directly (can be changed in plugin settings if not wanted)
  • Tweak: Updated .pot file plus all German translations (formal, informal) and language packs
  • Fix: Correct “Manage Users” link

πŸŽ‰ 1.0.0 – 2019-06-12

  • Plugin launch. Everything’s new!
  • New: 10 Free MainWP extensions supported/ integrated
  • New: 20 Premium MainWP extensions supported/ integrated

⚑ 0.9.0 – 2019-06-11

  • New: Private beta release on GitHub

(For the full changelog of this plugin visit its website at ToolbarExtras.com)