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[resolved] Why so difficult to find the WordPress version number? (7 posts)

  1. Rosie-L
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Given that you're required to provide your WordPress version when seeking support, doesn't it seem slightly ridiculous that to determine your version you have to FTP to /public_html/installation-folder/wp-includes/ and open the version.php file to find it?

    If there is another easy way then I'm dammed if I can find.

    I'm sure it didn't always used to be that way. Didn't the version number used to appear in page footers in WordPress admin?

    What's the logic in not making the version number glaringly obvious?

  2. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 1 year ago #

    you can look at the readme.html in your browser to see the version. It should be at sitename.com/readme.html

  3. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    you'll find the wp version number in your dashboard under:

    dashboard - 'Right Now' - you are using WordPress 3.?.?

  4. Also it's on the footer of every single WP admin page :)

  5. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Also it's on the footer of every single WP admin page :)

    as it appears in my site, when WordPress thinks it is time to update, only the update message (at the moment: 'Get Version 3.4.2') shows ;-(

  6. Rosie-L
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @cubecolor: Correct - I was unaware of that one.
    @alchymyth: Didn't know about that one either. It's easy to miss though, because it appears that the "Right Now" info box is closed by default. It is for me anyway.
    @Ipstenu: Well, if it was on the footer of every admin page, I would have found it. IMO the obvious first place to look for a version number is the top or bottom of pages. All I see at the top is "WordPress 3.4.2 is available! Please update now" and at the bottom "Get Version 3.4.2".

    Curiosity aroused, I did a GREP search for the version number right across a WordPress installation, and discovered it can be found in each of the following files, though not always easily:
    /readme.html
    /wp-includes/version.php
    /wp-admin/about.php
    /wp-admin/includes/update-core.php

    However, I stand by my original complaint. As far as I can still see, nowhere is the version number plainly obvious?

    That's why its a question that has been asked countless number of times, as any search will demonstrate.

    And so easily fixed!!!

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    it appears that the "Right Now" info box is closed by default

    It's not closed by default. You must have closed it as some time on your site/install.

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