In this episode I’ll show you how to hide and remove those (almost daily occurring) WordPress Update Notifications. I’ve built this functionality into a plugin I’ve written over 5 years ago called ZEN DASH. The plugin’s main purpose is to hide all kinds of clutter from the WordPress admin interface, such as unused tabs, dashboard widgets, footer attributions – and Update Notifications.
Questions, suggestions, translations and pull requests are always welcome!
What is Zen Dash again?
Zen Dash is a magical plugin that lets you get rid of the myriad of options in the WordPress admin area. I’ve created it because sometimes less is indeed more, and new users can get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of menu items, dashboard widgets and upgrade notifications.
While it is possible to let casual users have privileges less than administrators (and therefore see less items), I found this ineffective. With Zen Dash you simply flick a switch and make things disappear that you don’t want to see everyday. You can just as easily bring them back if you need them.
You can read more about Zen Dash in my release post, which even includes a video on how to use the plugin.
I’ve just released Version 1.3 of ZEN DASH and thought a quick video demonstration is in order – and here it is:
In this podcast I will show you how to use ZEN DASH for WordPress and explain how you can easily hide menu options, dashboard widgets, admin footer links and suppress Update Notifications (for WordPress core, plugins and themes).
This plugin comes in handy if you’d like to hide functionality before giving the site over to a client. For example, you may not want your client to have access to plugins so he can accidentally deactivate a shopping cart and break the site.