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Disable the “A New Version of WordPress is Available!” Message

Tired of seeing the “A new version of WordPress is available! Please update nowmessage in the header and footer of your WordPress blog admin screen? I was too and wanted to find a way to disable this message so it would quit bugging me.

I actually almost always upgrade my WordPress to the latest version but I’m holding off on upgrading to 2.5 because I really don’t like it. I know, you hear all the rants and raves about the cool new features which I like as well but there are a few reasons I don’t want to upgrade quite yet. You can read about this in my other post.

So the quickest way to disable the WordPress new version alert message without modifying the code is to install a plugin called “Disable WordPress Core Update“. The plugin itself is only two lines of code which look like this:

add_action( 'init', create_function( '$a', "remove_action( 'init', 'wp_version_check' );" ) );
add_filter( 'pre_option_update_core', create_function( '$a', "return null;" ) );

Essentially it’s removing the function that checks for a new WordPress version so you don’t need to edit the core WordPress .php files. Using this plugin will NOT affect your plugin upgrade messages which is great. It’s important to keep those updated as well especially with the latest 2.5 version of WordPress now out. Lots of plugin developers are upgrading their code to make sure it’s compliant with 2.5.

So download this new plugin if you’re like me and tired of seeing those WordPress upgrade messages.

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10 Responses to “Disable the “A New Version of WordPress is Available!” Message”

Andreas Viklund on Apr 28, 2008, 4:15 pm  

I haven’t tried this plugin yet, but I love it already. 🙂

David on Apr 28, 2008, 8:35 pm  

@Andreas, yeah it’s a really handy plugin if you hate seeing that upgrade message. 😉 btw, nice work with all your WordPress themes. I hope to have some of your others converted into Blogger as well.

Fase Network on May 1, 2008, 8:18 pm  

This plugin is not necessary.
Just edit the file /wp-admin/includes/update.php
Avoid to install many plugins if you want performance and security.

TheFrosty on Sep 11, 2008, 8:48 am  

It is a very good plugin!

Will on Jan 12, 2009, 8:19 am  

Thank you for this plugin. I’ve been scowering the internet for it. Great work.

WPCult on Jan 24, 2009, 2:33 pm  

Love the plugin!

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Udegbunam Chukwudi | StrictlyOnlineBiz on May 12, 2010, 10:16 am  

@Fase Network: Editing update.php is kinda useless unless you have no intention whatsoever of ever updating your wordpress installation. Each update will replace update.php and you’d have to repeat the process again.

Linesh Jose on Jul 31, 2011, 9:51 pm  

I’ve been searching for this, Thanks David 🙂

Lach on Jan 8, 2013, 3:36 am  

Finally I’ve have found it. Thanks