How to Fix a Missing Admin Bar in WordPress

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Last Updated on January 16, 2023

How to Fix a Missing Admin Bar in WordPress

For the majority of WordPress websites, the admin bar is always on the top of your screen once you’re signed in. However, if users experience this issue, it will be replaced with an empty bar on the page.

It can be very frustrating as you must access your WordPress administrator panel every time you need to edit your pages and posts, respond to comments, alter the settings of your plugin, and perform other things.

The issue of the missing admin bar is typically caused by a poor-coded theme, conflicts with plugins, as well as user profile profiles that aren’t set up in the correct way.

1. Check for WordPress Plugin Issues

A conflict with a plugin could cause the issue of the admin bar problem.

The first step is to determine the plugin that is causing the issue. To determine this, go to the Plugins tab and then Installed plugins to access the plugins that are active.

The next step is to select all plugins, then choose ‘Deactivate’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu.

Then, you are able to start by selecting each one, and then click the button to activate.

If you re-activate a specific plugin and it makes the administrator bar disappear, remove the plugin and search for an alternative. 

2. Check User Profile Settings

One of the simplest solutions to one of the easiest fixes for the WordPress admin bar problem is to check your WordPress profile settings for users. There’s an option to disable the admin bar for specific users.

It could have been accidentally disabled by a different user of your site.

To verify this, visit Users > Profile within your WordPress administrator panel, and then select the toolbar option.

It is important to ensure that you check the box that says “Show Toolbar When Viewing Site”.

Checking Functions.php File for Added Line of Code

Another reason behind the absence of an admin bar error is that it’s obscured by the theme’s functions.php file. This code snippet may be added by your theme’s developer.

To correct this issue fix this issue, check your functions.php file, then search for the following code snippet in the file, and delete it.

add_filter( ‘show_admin_bar’, ‘__return_false’ );

Hope this helped!

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