No Browser Nag

Author: Scott Reilly
Version: 1.3.5
First released: 2011-07-06
Last update: 2021-10-12
Compatibility: WP 3.4 – 5.8.9
Download: [ zip ]

Removes the browser nag that appears in the admin dashboard when using a less-than-current web browser.

Extended Description

Tired of visiting your WordPress admin dashboard and having WordPress nag you about your web browser being out of date? Maybe you already know about it and want to hold off on an update and would rather not see the update nag so prominently on your dashboard. Or maybe you don’t want your site to bother your users about how up-to-date their browser may be. Activate this plugin and be bothered no more!

In most cases, your browser will already actively alert you to new releases if it doesn’t already update your browser for you in the background.

Benefits over simply clicking “dismiss” on the browser nag notice yourself when it appears:

  • This plugin prevents WordPress from making the network request to check if the browser is out of date. If you click “dismiss”, all you’re doing is hiding the nag; WordPress will still make the network request to check if the browser is out of date.
  • This plugin prevents the nag from appearing for all users to the admin area of the site. Clicking “dismiss” only removes the nag for the person dismissing it.
  • This plugin saves having to see the nag in the first place
  • This plugin saves having to click “Dismiss” to dismiss the nag

Of course I don’t condone using an out-of-date browser. Such a browser puts your computer and data at potential risk. You are often better served with the latest version of your browser: improved security, improved performance, improved stability, and additional features. However, there are situations where you cannot upgrade in a timely fashion, or you are intentionally holding off on upgrading (e.g. as you wait for a bugfix release, or for browser plugins to update their compatibility).

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


  1. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or install the plugin code inside the plugins directory for your site (typically /wp-content/plugins/).
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress

Release Log

1.3.5 (2021-10-11)

  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.8+
  • Change: Tweak installation instruction
  • Unit tests:
    • Change: Restructure unit test directories
      • Change: Move phpunit/ into tests/
      • Change: Move phpunit/bin into tests/
    • Change: Remove ‘test-‘ prefix from unit test file
    • Change: Remove a sanity unit test which didn’t test anything related to the plugin
    • Change: In bootstrap, store path to plugin file constant
    • Change: In bootstrap, add backcompat for PHPUnit pre-v6.0

1.3.4 (2021-04-18)

  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.7+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2021)

1.3.3 (2020-08-29)

  • Change: Restructure unit test file structure
    • New: Create new subdirectory phpunit/ to house all files related to unit testing
    • Change: Move bin/ to phpunit/bin/
    • Change: Move tests/bootstrap.php to phpunit/
    • Change: Move tests/ to phpunit/tests/
    • Change: Rename phpunit.xml to phpunit.xml.dist per best practices
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.5+
  • Change: Unit tests: Remove unnecessary unregistering of hooks in tearDown()

Copyright & Disclaimer

Copyright © 2011-2024 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
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 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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