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Add option to NOT show the "Upgrade to WordPress X.X" message!!!!! (7 posts)

  1. jakobud
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I build WordPress sites for clients. Some clients have very specific needs with regards to plugins for their site.

    Sometimes these plugins are no longer supported by their original authors, so I have to do what I can in order to force the plugin to work with whatever version of WordPress I'm using at the time.

    Then, later down the road, when my client is in the admin panel and see's the "Upgrade to WordPress 3.1!" message, he clicks it and goes through the upgrade process, not knowing that the new WordPress version completely breaks the functionality of the very plugin they have to use. Then they call and complain to me and I have to go through another nightmare of trying to make it work.

    It's really really really ANNOYING. The automatic upgrade message is probably the absolute worst feature of WordPress in my opinion. If you guys simply added in an option somewhere in the admin panel to turn off the message that would help tremendously.

    I know there is a plugin out there that does it. Too bad I have to rely on a plugin for a feature that should absolutely be apart of WordPress to begin with.

    I know that you WordPress guys are trying to make people's life easier and more convenient by offering the upgrade message. But in reality, in most situations you are probably causing more harm than good. It's like all the crap Microsoft does. Like how many times have you heard about people complaining about the auto-formatting feature in Microsoft Word? It's there to try to make your life easier and more convenient. But in the end, most users just want to turn it off so they aren't fighting to make their document look how they want it. You are doing the same thing with your upgrade message.

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    so it would be better not to prompt for an upgrade when it is a security update even?
    not very responsible if wp did this

  3. jakobud
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    How about set it so that only the administrator see's the message?

  4. jakobud
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Seriously, just an the OPTION to turn it off or only show it for certain individuals. I'm an administrator for any WordPress sites that I develop for my clients and upgrading the sites because of security fixes is part of my job. I take care of the upgrades and do plenty of testing of plugins ahead of time to make sure that the live sites do not break after the upgrade.

    The problem is unknowing users that click the upgrade button and have no clue that it will potentially break something.

  5. jakobud
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Today a client emailed me "Hey man, I'm going on a radio show in a couple hours to talk about my photography website. I just looked at my site though and the gallery plugin is all screwed up. Can you fix it fast?"

    I jumped on his site and sure enough, he clicked the magical "Upgrade to WordPress 3.1!!!!" button. Fucked up the plugin he was using and the plugin developer has not released a new version that is 3.1 compatible.

    Do you see the problem yet?

  6. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    do you really think of the 3 million + wordpress users...even a tenth are in your situation? wordpress caters to the single user which admins the site/sites

    as you pointed out - there is a plugin....

  7. http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-hide-the-wordpress-upgrade-message-in-the-dashboard/

    Which personally if you're the sort who supports your clients and do the upgrades FOR them, yeah, I'd put that in the functions file.

    The use-cases are geared towards people NEEDING that notice, though, so you are, alas, the minority here.

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