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Please support older browers

  • Please continue to support older web browsers. I just updated to WP 3.2. Then I went to my dashboard and got the nasty little message:

    “It looks like you’re using an old version of Safari. For the best WordPress experience, please update your browser.”

    Fact: there is no newer version of Safari that will run on my machine. I need to be able to run MacOS Tiger because it supports MacOS Classic which is the only way for me to keep running certain applications I need for which there is no replacement.

    Don’t abandon perfectly good older hardware and software. It is environmentally irresponsible to force people to upgrade and throw out old hardware.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    While we understand your pain, it’s not irresponsible. Making WP smaller and faster means ceasing support for older browsers.

    You can continue to use your older Safari, however if you experience issues with functionality, you’re just going to have to accept it.

    You could try changing browser to Firefox or Google Chrome, both of which are free, supported by WordPress and run on Windows and Mac

    From what you said, it’s Apple who has decided not to support older versions of MacOS with newer versions of Safari, thus forcing you to upgrade too.

    As syga suggests, try a different browser.

    This message is displayed to anyone with an outdated browser. I just got it when viewing the admin area in Firefox 4 which has only just been superseded by Firefox 5 — it clearly uses some kind of check to see whether or not your browser matches the vendor’s latest version.

    I do think it’s a little intrusive though as browser updates come thick and fast nowadays, and I don’t need WordPress telling me Chrome is out of date every few weeks just because it hasn’t gotten around to auto-updating yet. Hopefully turning these notifications off is a setting somewhere, if not it should be.

    It is. In screen options.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    I don’t think it’s checking to see if you’re using the latest/greatest in a phone-home to the browser vendor. But FF 5 was a timing issue. it JUST slipped in under the wire.

    You may not believe it, but I got a message from Google Webmaster Tools to upgrade to the current version of WordPress!! So, it looks like a chain effect 🙂

    It looks like you’re using an old version of Chrome. For the best WordPress experience, please update your browser.

    I Am getting this message even though I Am running the latest version of Chrome. Could it be because the OS is Windows XP?

    The attitude that we should just throw away the old for the latest bleeding edge is ecologically unsound and unsustainable. It is also lazy.


    I have the latest stable Chrome version 16.0.912.63 on an old XP machine. I tested it on two sites using 3.3, and I don’t get the warning. Are you by any chance using the latest beta build instead of the latest stable build?


    Geeze, we’re talking about software, not non-renewable natural resources – and certainly not software that is bleeding edge. It’s just about alerting you to the latest stable versions of modern internet browsers. None of which you are obligated to use, by the way.

    I don’t really think it’s an “attitude” so much as just a recognition that all versions of software (and hardware) usually has a finite supported life cycle… but I think the only way any of that would be ecologically unsound or lazy, is if you actually decided to throw your old computer into the trash bin instead of properly recycling it. 🙂

    @claytonjames I Am using the latest stable version of Chrome. Re-installed to make user that it was the latest version. Version of XP has the latest patches. When I go to the same site on my Mac with Chrome no message appeared.

    I tried it again this morning from a different machine that runs XP and the same version of Chrome, but I still couldn’t duplicate it. That is indeed strange.



    Forum Moderator

    I’ve seen this just once – yesterday on a client’s 3.3.1 install when I was using FF 9.0. Didn’t get the message on any other 3.3.1 site, so perhaps there’s some sort of server-specific issue going on here as well?

    Hi pubwvj. I’ve experienced similar issues with WP. I disagree with some on this thread in that the latest and greatest code contraptions are not always the best solutions, and may not be “faster” in the short-term or long-term by any means. And I quite certainly agree with you that not supporting old browsers is absolutely unsustainable.

    Some on this thread might be quick to condemn you, but for now, I’d recommend disabling the nag with a plugin such as:


    or if you are experiencing a particular browser specific incompatibility, due to support dropping out of core, WP is pretty dang wonderful in that someone else has probably written a plugin to patch it, or you could write a plugin to patch it yourself.

    Search the plugin section of wordpress.org and you may very well find just what you’re looking for!

    Actually, you don’t need a plugin, or a ptach. Just go to your “Screen Options”, and un-tick the box that says: “Your browser is out of date!”, and the message won’t show anymore. 🙂

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