No Update Nag

Author:Scott Reilly
Version:1.4.7
First released:2009-06-12
Last update:2019-12-04
Compatibility:WP 2.5 – 5.3.1
Download:[ zip ]
Description:

Removes the WordPress update nag that appears at the top of all admin pages when a new version of WordPress is released

Extended Description

This plugin removes the WordPress update nag that appears at the top of all admin pages when a new version of WordPress is released

Tired of WordPress nagging you about a new release? Maybe you already know about it and want to hold off on an update and would rather not see the update nag on every admin page you visit. Activate this plugin and be bothered no more!

The status of your version of WordPress (be it current or out-of-date) is still reflected in the footer of your admin pages and in the update count link in the admin bar.

And certainly, of course, I don’t advocate completely ignoring the fact that updates often contain fixes for critical bugs or exploits. However, there are various other means of learning about updates; and once known, not everyone is able or willing to update immediately.

Links: Plugin Homepage | Plugin Directory Page | GitHub | Author Homepage

Find out more at the plugin’s WordPress Plugin Repository page.

Screenshots

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  1. A screenshot of an admin page showing the update nag for a new version of WordPress.

    A screenshot of an admin page showing the update nag for a new version of WordPress.

Installation

  1. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or download and unzip no-update-nag.zip inside the plugins directory for your site (typically wp-content/plugins/)
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is this update nag?
A. In versions 2.5 and later of WordPress, your WordPress will alert you to the release of a newer version of WordPress via an update notice at the top of every admin page. WordPress 2.5 and later reports “WordPress X.X is available! Please update now!” or “WordPress X.X is available! Please notify the site administrator.” See the screenshot for an example.

Q. Why would I want to remove the update nag about new releases of WordPress?
A. Maybe you know about the newer WordPress release (either from the nag, news, etc) and don’t want to be constantly reminded by your current WordPress install (not everyone can or wants to upgrade to the newest version immediately). Also, you’d like to recover that much real estate on the page for something of more interest to you.

Q. How will I know WordPress has been updated if the nag doesn’t appear?
A. Within the context of your WordPress admin, the footer of your admin pages will reflect that status of your version of WordPress (be it current or out-of-date). And if you are tracking WordPress progress at all (i.e. blogs, forums, your WordPress dashboard) then you likely don’t need to be made aware of new releases anyhow since you’ll likely already know about them.

Q. So I should ignore the update nag and continue using my older version of WordPress?
A. Most certainly not. The latest version of WordPress will contain the latest security and bug fixes, as well as new features. Backwards compatibility is of paramount importance to the project so in most cases you should be safe to upgrade (especially for minor releases). However, some people in special circumstances manage their sites in different ways for different reasons, which may include temporarily delaying an update to the latest version.

Release Log

1.4.7 (2019-12-03)

  • Change: Update unit test install script and bootstrap to use latest WP unit test repo
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.3+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2020)

1.4.6 (2019-04-01)

  • New: Add unit tests
  • New: Add CHANGELOG.md file and move all but most recent changelog entries into it
  • Change: Minor tweak to extended plugin description
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.1+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2019)
  • Change: Update License URI to be HTTPS
  • Change: Split paragraph in README.md’s “Support” section into two

1.4.5 (2018-04-29)

  • New: Add README.md
  • Change: Add GitHub link to readme
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 4.9+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2018)

Copyright & Disclaimer

Copyright © 2009-2019 by Scott Reilly (aka coffee2code)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

Discussion / Support

Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Please provide them via the plugin’s WordPress.org support forum. I’ll do my best to reply in a timely fashion and help as best I can.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide guaranteed support, nor do I provide support via any other means.

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