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Selfish Fresh Start

Built to run on EVERY WordPress install, selfish fresh start removes unneeded admin and html meta clutter.

This WordPress plugin removes most, in my opinion, unneeded crappy dashboard, post & page widgets, fixes formatted curly quote problems, checks for and removes Hello Dolly, removes junk header tags including the generator tag for extra security, removes update notifications for non-admins, removes old user profile fields like aim, prevents self pinging, removes smilies and trackbacks, and a few other settings that nobody needs either. This is built to be very generalized so it will work with every WordPress site as a good clean-up fresh start and help keep clients out of the editing files.

Current Operations

  • Removed: clean up unneeded header tags including:
    • wlw manifest links
    • rsd links
    • previous and next post links
    • wordpress generator
    • shortlink generation
  • Removed: admin dashboard widgets:
    • quick press
    • recent drafts
    • recent plugins feed
    • wordpress development blog feed
    • other wordpress blog news feed
    • incoming links box
    • yoast seo overview box
    • wp socializer box
    • w3 total cache news box
    • gravity forms box
    • bpress right now in forums
    • jetpack box
  • Removed: post metabox's
    • trackbacks
  • Removed: page metabox's
    • comments box
    • discussion box
  • Removed: appearance menu theme editor (some ppl may not like this but it's great for client admins)
  • Removed: plugins editor menu
  • Removed: plugins list edit links
  • Removed: more jump link to #anchor
  • Removed: update notifications for non-admin users
  • Removed: potential for self ping backs
  • Removed: checks for and nukes Hello Dolly plugin (sorry @photomatt)
  • Removed: admin user yim, aim, jabber fields
  • Off: turn off global trackback/pingback setting
  • Off: turn off global formatting of text to graphic smilies

Additional Functionality

  • Do you use Yoast SEO? and don't need all the beginner / noob stuff? Use this plugin: Yoast SEO Nuke Noob Stuff
  • Emojis scripts and support removal? I almost included it in this plugin but just use this plugin: Disable Emojis
  • Want to remove the Tools Menu? There's a plugin for that: Remove Tools Menu


If you think you'd like to contribute, Pull Requests on Develop Branch on Github are accepted.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.8
Last Updated: 3 days ago
Active Installs: 200+


3.8 out of 5 stars


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