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I have tried various versions of this here:


I have tried looking this up but as there is not much documentation (there is but there isn't ) on it yet it is kind of hard.

I was wondering if someone could please help me out. I would really appreciate it. Thanks. :)

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If you're using multisite, there's a plugin you can network activate to disable the welcome panel on all new sites. It's aptly named "Hide Welcome Panel for Multisite."

If you just want to do this for a typical (single site) installation, it's also pretty easy. The welcome screen is shown for a user if a specific meta key is set. So, add the following to a plugin and activate it ...

add_action( 'load-index.php', 'hide_welcome_panel' );

function hide_welcome_panel() {
    $user_id = get_current_user_id();

    if ( 1 == get_user_meta( $user_id, 'show_welcome_panel', true ) )
        update_user_meta( $user_id, 'show_welcome_panel', 0 );

This code is adapted directly from the above-mentioned plugin, but I haven't had a chance to personally test it ...

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Hey thank you EAMann! This works awesomely. I just added it into my network wide multi site plugin that I have set up for network wide customizations. Again thank you this is what I was looking for. – Nicole Dec 14 '11 at 16:00
You should use the Hide Welcome Panel for Multisite plugin instead. The code from EAMann isn't effective for multisite, and will have some side effects on single-site. – Andrew Nacin Dec 15 '11 at 16:26
@AndrewNacin Note that I linked to your plugin first and only included the extra code for non-multisite uses ... :-) – EAMann Dec 15 '11 at 17:09
With the code above users can still turn on the "Welcome panel" in the screen options on the dashboard. See @bjorsq's answer for a solution – user2019515 Mar 18 '13 at 14:20

@EAMann's solution hides the welcome panel from all users, but still allows the panel to be turned back on in the screen options. My solution, which should work in any installation (single or multisite), will remove it completely:

add_action( 'load-index.php', 'remove_welcome_panel' );

function remove_welcome_panel()
    remove_action('welcome_panel', 'wp_welcome_panel');
    $user_id = get_current_user_id();
    if (0 !== get_user_meta( $user_id, 'show_welcome_panel', true ) ) {
        update_user_meta( $user_id, 'show_welcome_panel', 0 );

This removes the welcome panel action, which removes the welcome panel from the dashboard altogether. It then sets the user preference to hide the welcome panel for good measure. FYI, the preference can be set to 0 (hide), 1 (show or single site creator) or 2 (multisite site owner).

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Thank you for this alternative. This will work great if you want to give your users the option to turn it on or off themselves. – Nicole Nov 1 '12 at 12:59
This solution will remove it altogether - if you want users to be able to turn it on and off, remove the remove_action('welcome_panel', 'wp_welcome_panel'); line from the function. – bjorsq Nov 1 '12 at 15:15
Ahh yes I'm sorry I misread your answer. Still though thank you for this alternative. :) – Nicole Nov 1 '12 at 17:31

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