WP 2.3.1 Plugin – Notify Admin Only of WordPress Updates

Notice: This is an older version. To Download the newest version of the Notify Admin Only plugin – go here.

Well, WordPress 2.3.1 is out and if you’re anything like me, you still haven’t upgraded..

I know it was just released yesterday but for those of you who had already upgraded to WP2.3 within the last few weeks, you may have noticed the AWESOME NEW UPDATE NAG that appears in the back-end of your site !

WP2.3 now lets you know, automatically, as soon as there is a new version released. Then, a yellow nag message appears on every page in the back-end, saying: “A new version of WordPress is available! Please update now”. All very cool and useful, especially if you’ve gone and customized the Dashboard (with plugins or otherwise) so that you don’t see the headlines coming from WP.

wp notifying the admin

My problem, as a site administrator, was that a yellow message also pops up for all my users. It says: “A new version of WordPress is available! Please notify the site administrator”. Now, some might not have a problem with this (and for most of my sites this won’t really be a problem) but for sites like indyish.com that have a lot of users, i personally wouldn’t want all of them notifying me of this. In fact, i probably don’t even want them seeing this notice at all.

So, all that to say.. i wrote a simple plugin that disables this notice for all – except – the site Administrator.

This is the basic function i used:
(copy/pasting this code directly is sometimes problematic, so unless you know what you are doing i suggest downloading the plugin file instead. See Below.)

< ?php
function stop_wpupdate() {
$cur = get_option( 'update_core' );
if ( ! isset( $cur->response ) || $cur->response != 'upgrade' )
return false;
if ( current_user_can('manage_options') )
return false;
remove_action( 'admin_notices', 'update_nag', 3 );
echo "


add_action( 'admin_notices', 'stop_wpupdate', 1 );

» Or, you can just download the plugin file here and upload/activate it on your site.
[Note: This plugin requires WordPress 2.3 or above.]


Comments 32

  1. Mygf- wrote:

    Great plugin :). I just noticed this message myself. I have no idea why WP would have this display to non admins. Completely pointless, an admin knows whether they’re going to update to a newer WP or not. Anyway, cheers! Thought I was going to have to edit the code myself (cue 10 hours of random file editing, not exactly knowing exactly what I’m changing but just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best :p)

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 6:28 pm
  2. admin wrote:

    hey thanks,

    i was hoping the plugin might be a little time-saver for admins!

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 11:51 pm
  3. rarNabeApept wrote:

    omg.. good work, guy

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 2:58 pm
  4. VoTaN wrote:

    It’s just what I was looking for :)

    Posted 16 Nov 2008 at 12:58 pm
  5. Dev wrote:

    Good article. Which file is that which has the above mentioned code? I did like to play with it a little. Would appreciate your update on this.

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 9:21 am
  6. elran wrote:

    yeah, this didn’t seem to work for me anymore..

    that is, the upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1 showed a notification for all users with any permissions (not just admin).

    i’ll probably try to update this soon as i get a chance..

    if anyone out there has a fix, by all means: post it here in the comments or send me an email.

    Posted 16 Mar 2009 at 1:54 pm
  7. Lazzymonk wrote:

    the following code works in 2.8+

    function stop_wpupdate() {
    if (current_user_can(‘level_10′))
    remove_action( ‘admin_notices’, ‘update_nag’, 3 );
    add_action( ‘admin_notices’, ‘stop_wpupdate’, 1 );

    Posted 29 Jul 2009 at 4:26 am
  8. elran wrote:

    awesome! thanks Lazzymonk..

    i will test this out next chance i get and finally update this plugin for WP2.8 -


    Posted 02 Aug 2009 at 11:13 am
  9. elran wrote:

    hey all,

    this plugin is now updated for WP 2.8+

    you can find the new version here

    Posted 04 Aug 2009 at 12:26 pm
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