Admin Help Docs


The “Admin Help Docs” WordPress plugin is a brilliant tool for streamlining administrative tasks and empowering website management! It allows you to create custom, contextual help documentation for your WordPress admin dashboard, making it easy to guide yourself or other administrators through complex tasks and settings.

With this plugin, you can:

  • Create custom help docs for specific admin pages or sections
  • Add clear, concise instructions and explanations
  • Use multimedia like images, videos, and links to enhance understanding

By providing easy access to relevant information and guidance, “Admin Help Docs” saves time, reduces confusion, and makes WordPress administration more efficient and enjoyable! It’s perfect for developers, designers, and site owners who want to simplify website management and focus on creating amazing content!



  • Main documentation page
  • Add a doc to the top of any page as a notification
  • Bottom page placement
  • Classic contextual help and side meta box
  • Gutenberg contextual help and side meta box
  • Dashboard meta box with custom colors
  • Manage the help docs like any other post
  • Import documents from another site
  • Settings page
  • Settings page with colors changed


  1. Install the plugin from your website’s plugin directory, or upload the plugin to your plugins folder.
  2. Activate it.
  3. Go to Help Docs in your admin menu.

Preguntas frecuentes

Who can add a help section?

Anyone that has the Administrator role, or other roles that you specify.

Can I use the same documentation across multiple sites?

Yes, you can choose to automatically feed documents or import them locally from a remote site with the same plugin.

Where can I request features and get further support?

Join my Discord support server


8 de mayo de 2023
Since the fantastic Simple Documentation by Mathieu Hays hasn’t been maintained in 2 years, this plugin has stepped in to take up the slack. It’s simple but powerful for adding developer documentation to multiple sites easily. It allows you to add documentation to specific pages (including custom post type pages) as well as maintain a central documentation list for the client. Highly recommended for developers to use.
7 de febrero de 2023
The best plugin for documentation. Highly recommended if you want to add help boxes on pages for admins that don’t know what they are doing. Also having a dedicated help section with instructions is very useful. Very cool that I get to change the name and colors, too! I am able to eliminate a lot of repetitive questions. I can also use it for notices when I need to alert my team before they make important changes to the site. And there are no premium options that you don’t have access to; it is completely free! Kudos!
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Registro de cambios


  • Fix: Warnings from Plugin Checker
  • Tweak: Reorganized some code for better readability


  • Fix: PHP 8.3 deprecation notices


  • Tweak: Removed checkboxes for adding to Dashboard TOC on imports that are not on Main Doc page
  • Tweak: Updated Add All to Dashboard TOC checkbox on imports to include Main Docs only with notice to enable in settings
  • Fix: Non-main documentation items from imports showing up on dashboard table of contents when selecting all
  • Fix: Error on Imports page with not serializing array
  • Tweak: Removed donate option; nobody ever donates


  • Fix: Some issues with folder docs not loading in folder on main docs page


  • Fix: Warning: session_start(): Session cannot be started after headers have already been sent (props pauloc)
  • Fix: Click to copy shortcodes copying shortcode output instead of shortcode itself


  • Update: Added new plugin to About tab
  • Tweak: Removed deactivation survey code and files permanently; only one legitimate response – not worth it
  • Tweak: Updated some functions and techniques as recommended by WP Plugin team


  • Tweak: Updates to some areas affected by live preview
  • Update: Added other plugins on About tab

  • Fix: Options page path error
  • Update: Added live preview blueprints


  • Update: Add click-to-copy functionality to [dont_do_shortcode], can disable
  • Update: Temporarily disable deactivation feedback form


  • Fix: Description showing endless characters in admin column
  • Fix: Manage tab admin columns duplicating values
  • Fix: Documentation page causing error if default doc is deleted

  • Fix: Session already open


  • Fix: Docs on pages were duplicating


  • Fix: Removed unneccesary instantiation of Discord class
  • Tweak: Removed all unneccesary static declarations and usage


  • Fix: FAQ css example stylesheet path was missing a slash
  • Tweak: Updated some CSS styles
  • Tweak: Added version logging to deactivation feedback to make it easier to chase down errors


  • Fix: More than 5 files in a folder won’t stay in the folder (props alex_p6577 for pointing this out)
  • Tweak: Added an option to stop showing feedback form on deactivate; will automatically disable for certain choices


  • Tweak: Changed import feeds icon to a newspaper
  • Update: Added notice that import feeds cannot be added to folders


  • Update: Added setting option to hide the created and last modified dates and authors (props chrismaclean for suggestion)
  • Update: Added [helpdocs_css] shortcode for adding custom CSS to docs on the main doc page
  • Update: Added setting option to select a default doc for the main doc page
  • Tweak: Removed top border on first doc in main doc page and added borders to dragged doc instead
  • Update: Added permalink and view button to top of edit screen if site location is main doc page
  • Update: Added [dont_do_shortcode] shortcode to make it easier to share shortcodes without executing them


  • Tweak: Drag and drop sorting – added icons, linked entire cells instead of just text, removed sorting cursor
  • Tweak: Added 150 ms delay to drag and drop sorting to prevent accidental dragging
  • Update: Added folders for main documentation page (props alex_p6577 for suggestion)
  • Tweak: Moved doc editing JS to its own file
  • Update: Added support for WP Version to still be used in footer
  • Tweak: Changed order of deactivate feedback form options
  • Tweak: Planned Updates on About tab
  • Update: Added search bar on main documentation page (props alex_p6577 for suggestion)


  • Fix: PHP warning about id variable not being found on every page load


  • Fix: Sorting by order column not in order (props alex_p6577 for pointing this out)
  • Fix: Documentation page ordering issue (props alex_p6577 for pointing this out)
  • Fix: Attempt to read property “singular_name” on null (props alex_p6577 for pointing this out)


  • Update: Added setting to change user capability
  • Fix: Editors could view menu link and dashboard widget, but not view docs (props chrismaclean for pointing it out)


  • Update: Added setting to disable curly quotes site-wide that make sharing code difficult
  • Fix: Resize cursor showing up on doc list items


  • Fix: Custom link fields not showing up for some people


  • Tweak: Highlighted “Enable This Site” checkbox on imports when disabled
  • Update: Added deactivation survey
  • Update: Added support for importing custom urls with auto-updating domain
  • Update: Added new site location for custom url


  • Tweak: Updated Discord support link


  • Tweak: Added icons to dashboard TOC
  • Tweak: Added ability to add imports/feeds to dashboard TOC
  • Fix: Hid “Add to Dashboard TOC” by default
  • Fix: Replaced early escapes with sanitizers


  • Update: Added dashboard table of contents (props chrismaclean for suggestion)
  • Tweak: Updated changelog to use commonly used prefixes (Fix, Tweak, and Update)


  • Update: Added optional setting for allowing the addition of missing user meta merge tags to Gravity Forms dropdowns
  • Update: Added missing index.php to /classes/ and /js/ folders
  • Fix: Excerpt meta box title changing on other post types


  • Update: Added video to readme
  • Tweak: When resetting settings, added a notice instead of attempting to refresh


  • Fix: Nested ordered lists on main documentation page not showing proper list types
  • Update: Added links to plugins list page


  • Fix: Minor fixes


  • Update: Added feedback form to About tab


  • Initial release on January 23, 2023


  • Created plugin on November 14, 2022