Remove Update Reminder

Version: 1.2
Works with: 2.5 – 3.0.1

A simple plugin that will remove the

“WordPress 3.0.2 is available! Please update now”

message from the WordPress admin for all user levels below Administrator level (ie. anyone who cannot upgrade plugins). If you use WordPress and have other users, perhaps clients, logging in, you don’t want to alarm them with the update message, so this removes it from their view.

The message is still visible to Administrators.

Instructions for use

  • Download the plugin
  • Extract the plugin and upload the PHP file to your plugins directory
  • Activate the plugin via the Admin panel and Plugins page

Any problems let me know!

NOTE: I am not recommending that you don’t upgrade your version of WordPress. This is simply to remove the update notification from users who probably cannot upgrade the site anyway!

45 Responses

  1. slee says:

    Wicked thanks Sarah, this will stop clients knowing there is an upgrade so we can update when we can schedule it in. clients always want it right now!

  2. Sarah says:

    No problem Lee. It’s been something I’ve been after for a while, just didn’t realise how simple it was. I just prefer clients to not see that their version is maybe out of date as they may worry when there’s good reason that it’s not been updated.

    Got a couple of ideas for options on this too so will add those in once I have time.

  3. Sarah says:

    This is now on the WordPress plugin repository πŸ™‚

  4. baron says:

    hi. Thanks for plugin



  5. Tony says:

    Awesome idea. This had always bothered me about WordPress and now I can fix it.


  6. Sarah says:

    Hey all, you’re welcome. Cheers for the comments πŸ™‚

  7. “WordPress 2.7 is available! Please notify the site administrator.”

    That is definite a security issue being deliberately created by WordPress. Thanks for this great plugin.

    It is the 4th step that I had to take in order to hide the version number of WordPress being run on my blog. Low level users, and especially new subscribers should NOT have access to this type of information.

  8. Jacob says:

    Yes I just did the upgrade to 2.7 and I love the new dashboard once I found where everything was at.

  9. Jason Kemp says:

    Looks like the core update and plugin updates already had a plugin to manage the notification process over at
    and the related one at

    Not sure if they work the same way but it is one of the issues of having 3,800 plugins now that even using google it is hard to find everything.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Jason. I already knew about that plugin however it is different in that it completely disables the update check, whereas I wanted the ability to simply hide the check from users that I didn’t want seeing it (eg. editors and below). As an administrator I’d still rather see it, but I don’t want my clients seeing the notice on every login and think I’m not doing my job by not upgrading the minute a new version is out.

      But you’re right. With so many plugins there could be another version in there. I found that with other plugins in the past πŸ™‚

  10. Dragon says:

    Great plugin! Thank you very much. Just the other day I had a client calling into question my ability to run the site when he read the update reminder.

    Question: Can this be used/expanded to hide other elements of the admin panel that I don’t want the clients to see?

    • Sarah says:

      I don’t see why not. All I did was use a CSS rule to hide the div around the reminder. If you’ve okay with coding then just work out how to hide other elements with CSS and add that into the plugin file πŸ™‚

  11. spencerp says:


    I tried this plugin, but it’s not working like supposed too! I uploaded the file to the wp-content/plugins/ directory, enabled it, and the update reminder is still there? Am I maybe doing something wrong? Thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Spencer, the plugin is designed to hide the notice from Editors and below. Are you logged in as an Administrator and checking it? That’s the only real reason why you would still see the notice.

  12. spencerp says:

    Yeah, I’m logged in as Administrator. Is there a way to hide it from Admins as well? I’m assuming there should be a way to hide it from Admins as well, if it can be hidden from users below the Administrator “rank”? Thanks.. πŸ™‚

  13. Sarah says:

    Yes it can by changing the user level value in the code from 10 to 11. However, I really wouldn’t advise it. The idea of the plugin was to hide it from people who shouldn’t see the current version or the fact it’s out of date (eg. clients). Administrators are usually fully aware and should really be alerted when a new version is available.

    However if you change the value mentioned then you won’t see the notice.

  14. spencerp says:

    Thanks Sarah. πŸ™‚ Yeah, this was being asked / requested by “clients”. Generally I update their blogs for them, and then keep an eye on their current blog versions for updates.

    And of course, they don’t want to upgrade to the 2.7 branch, so they asked if that reminder could be removed. Thanks for telling me how to hide it from Admins though, that’s awesome! πŸ˜€

  15. spencerp says:

    Actually, are you sure it’s “11”? I just tried it again, and it’s still showing.. Hmm…

    EDIT: Nevermind, it’s working. The plugin was deactivated. LOL! Thanks again Sarah!! πŸ˜€

  16. Sarah says:

    Admin’s should have a userlevel of 10 so yes changing it to 11 should work. Otherwise, just take the if statement out ie.

    if ($userlevel < 10) : and take out the corresponding closing endif. Then it'll automatically hide for everyone.

  17. spencerp says:

    Thanks again Sarah. πŸ™‚ I just up-ed the number to 11, and activated the plugin. I just forgot I had it deactivated earlier lol. I’ll keep this page bookmarked for future reference. ;):) The “clients” will be happy now! πŸ˜€

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