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Disable the WordPress Upgrade Nag

I love WordPress – it’s awesome and it let’s me build fantastic and functional sites for my clients.

But I HATE that upgrade nag you get whenever a new release comes out.

Because invariably, one of my clients will log in, see the “WordPress 3.0 is available! Please update now.” message, and think that they are supposed to click the link. And you can guess the rest of the story… we’ll spend the next 2 hours restoring the site from backup because two of their critical plugins aren’t yet compatible with the latest version of WordPress.

As an aside, I’ve lately been using iTheme’s brilliant BackupBuddy plugin to copy client’s entire sites to a test domain to trial new plugins and generally test upgrades. Highly recommended – really makes transferring sites between domains a snap!

Anyway, I finally decided to bite the bullet and hide the upgrade nag message for everyone who is logged in to the site except for me.

Here’s the code I used – it goes in your theme’s functions.php file – or custom-functions.php if you’re using Thesis. Obvioulsy change the user name from “steve” to YOUR user name (check top-right corner of Admin dashboard – Howdy, xxxxx).

function hide_update_notice() {
 global $user_login , $user_email;
 if ($user_login != "steve") {
 remove_action( 'admin_notices', 'update_nag', 3 );
add_action( 'admin_notices', 'hide_update_notice', 1 );

I borrowed heavily from http://gunnerpress.com/wordpress/disable-non-admins-from-seeing-the-wp-version-update-notification and Yoast’s http://yoast.com/disable-update-nag/ in pulling this together. Thanks!