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  • I believe this theme is generating these 2 admin wide nag message which I cannot dismiss:

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    I believe this is a breach of’s guidelines for themes. Are you (as the author) willing to make them dismissable notices?

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad


    Oh, that’s not good. That seriously does violate the rules here. Nag notices must be able to be dismissed for good. This theme doesn’t allow that and that will leave a mark and is being reported.

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    Here @chmac try this.

    Create a child theme like so.

    1. Create a new directory in wp-content/themes named swell-lite-child.

    2. In that new directory create a style.css file and put these lines in it like so.

    Theme Name: Swell Lite Child theme
    Description: A Child theme to remove the nag messages from from Swell Lite
    Version: 0.1
    Template: swell-lite

    3. In that same wp-content/themes/swell-lite-child directory create a functions.php file and add these lines there. Do not make a copy of the orignal theme’s functions.php file. That’s not necessary.

    // Queue up the child theme CSS
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'cleanretina_child_enqueue_styles' );
    function cleanretina_child_enqueue_styles() {
        $parent_style = 'parent-style';
        wp_enqueue_style( $parent_style, get_template_directory_uri() . '/style.css' );
        wp_enqueue_style( 'child-style',
            get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css',
            array( $parent_style ),
    add_action( 'admin_enqueue_scripts', 'mh_remove_credits' );
    function mh_remove_credits() {
            // Remove nag notices.
            remove_action( 'admin_notices', 'swell_lite_admin_notice' );
            remove_action( 'admin_notices', 'swell_lite_admin_footer_notice' );

    The more readable version can be found on this GIST.

    4. In your WordPress dashboard activate the Swell Lite Child theme and POOF! No more nag notices.

    To modify the footer just copy the swell-lite/footer.php file into your swell-lite-child directory and edit the copy.

    For example in your copy of footer.php if you delete or modify line 55 then you will remove the author’s link to their site.

    Just make sure you don’t edit the original file. Edit your copy in the child theme directory.

    Theme Author Organic Themes


    Hey guys,

    We removed the notices altogether. Let us know if there is anything else.


    Thread Starter Callum Macdonald


    @jdembowski: Awesome, thanks for posting the example code. 🙂

    @organicthemes: Even more awesome, thanks for taking care of that. I think the notices are fine, no harm, just they need to be dismissable. At least, that’s how I read the WP rules.

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