[wp-hackers] Making Updates Friendlier?

Michael Clark dc153464a11bcf5aeb18180db28017fb.wp-hackers at planetmike.com
Wed Sep 9 11:29:44 UTC 2009

Monday morning I blogged two suggestions:

1) Have WordPress send an email to the blog's admin users once a day 
when there is an update available.

2) Have WordPress slowly deactivate itself over time as the version 
gets older and older.

 From http://www.planetmike.com/goto/874:
>My first suggestion: The administrators of a WordPress blog should 
>be sent an email once a new release has occurred. Unfortunately, I 
>believe the "update release check" only occurs when someone is 
>looking at the admin pages. Perhaps a hook can be added that once a 
>day if the public site is accessed, the version check will be done. 
>If a new version has been released, an email message is sent to the 
>My second suggestion: Have WordPress expire after a fixed amount of 
>time. For example, let's say one year after a version is released, 
>it will lock itself down. At that point it will not allow new 
>comments, posts or pages. Then six months after that, edits can no 
>longer be made to existing pages or posts. Then 6 months after that, 
>a full two years after a new release has been issued, posts, pages 
>and comments will no longer even appear on the site. They'll still 
>be in the database, but they won't be displayed at all.
>Radical? Absolutely! But I think this would be a prudent way to 
>minimize future problems, as well as forcing (encouraging) people to 
>keep their WordPress installation up to date.


Michael Clark

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
  - Martin Luther King Jr.

More information about the wp-hackers mailing list