We get to look at a lot of sites and we often see them decorated with a series of colorful admin notices coming from WordPress, plugins and themes. On the other hand, our stats tell us that over 50% of the support tickets are about incorrect usage of something. Before we rush to make changes, I want to hear what you think about admin messages.

“Admin messages” is a mechanism in WordPress, which allows to display notices on the top of the admin. The code that wants to display these notices can choose where, to who and for how long these messages should appear.

There are admin messages about almost anything, from critical updates to “good to know” to “you should buy this”. Since all these messages use the same visual format, it’s not always easy to tell what’s critical and what’s less.

WPML generates a “healthy” number of admin messages as well. In WPML 4.0, we’re looking at how to reduce our messages, so that the critical ones can get more attention. We’ll be removing messages about “nice to know” and we’ll be creating wizards for processes that require several steps (so we don’t need to show messages about the next step). Still, we’re going to have to show some messages in some cases.

Before we make these changes, I want to know how you feel about admin messages. We created a short poll which we’re asking you to take.

Tell us in the poll

Or, if the poll is already closed (it’s going to be open for a week), feel free to leave a comment here.

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