Support » Plugin: Custom Sidebars - Dynamic Widget Area Manager » SPAM!!! They want you to install sneaky plugin “WPMU DEV Dashboard”

  • I can’t update all your free plugins. In admin panel I see for example:
    “…View version 3.2.3 details or Install WPMU DEV Dashboard to update

    WHAT!!?? I DON’T WANT to install this stupid Dashboard plugin!
    This is kinda some sort of sneaky marketing.

    P.S. No problem concerning this plugin, but this sneaky and spammy trick “killing” all positive experience with WPMU DEV works…

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Mr_Coder.
    • This topic was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Mr_Coder.
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  • Plugin Contributor Kasia – WPMU DEV Support


    Hello @mr_coder,

    I’m sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience with our plugins.

    I want to assure you that what you experienced should not happen at all with our free plugins.
    There is no need to install our WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin to update free versions on the (I’ve tested now on my lab site in case this is some type of bug, but I was not able to replicate)

    Can you take a screenshot of the update page where you see this message? This would help is to get to the bottom of this issue.

    kind regards,


    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Mr_Coder.

    Aha-ha, yeas, you did something 😉
    After refreshing the page the notice now gone.

    Sneaky dudes 😀

    Plugin Contributor Predrag – WPMU DEV Support


    Hi @mr_coder,

    Glad to hear that the message has disappeared for you, but we didn’t release any update in the meantime so we would like to still see why this happened to you in the first place.

    None of our free plugins require WPMU DEV Dashbard as the updates are released on and Dashboard plugin is only required from pro plugin updates.
    The notification you mentioned should only be shown if you’re using a pro version but don’t have your site registered with WPMU DEV.

    I tried now installing older Custom Sidebars on my site that’s not connected to WPMU DEV and it didn’t show any messages about needing dashboard to update.
    Can you tell me where exactly did you see this message, on top of your pages in admin or below the Custom Sidebars in Plugins panel?

    Also, do you perhaps have any of our other plugins installed on your site and if so can you tell me which ones?


    Plugin Contributor Dimitris – WPMU DEV Support


    Hello there @mr_coder,
    hope you’re doing well today! 🙂

    I can’t reproduce this, just like my colleague Predrag mentioned above:

    Have you downloaded the plugin from here?
    If not, can you please delete it and re-install it?

    If this continues, please let us know what are the remaining active plugins in your site so we can try to replicate.

    Thank you,

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