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I'd like to give users a little welcome message on their first login to the admin area. Once they hide the message it should not appear again. I noticed admin_notice is a hook but don't know where to start. Thanks.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

something like:

add_action('admin_notices', 'my_notice');    
add_action('wp_ajax_hide_my_notice', 'hide_my_notice');

function hide_my_notice(){
  $user = wp_get_current_user();

  // update status for this user
  $seen_notice = get_option('my_notice');
  $seen_notice[$user->ID] = true;
  update_option('my_notice', $seen_notice);

function my_notice(){

  $user = wp_get_current_user();
  $seen_notice = get_option('my_notice');

  // already seen it?
  if(isset($seen_notice[$user->ID]) && $seen_notice[$user->ID])

  <div class="updated fade below-h2">
      Hi <?php print esc_attr($user->user_login); ?>! Duuuuuude, whatz upp???
      <a class="hide-me"> X </a>

   <script type="text/javascript">    

     // this should go in a javascript file;
     // use wp_localize_script() to send variables from PHP to it
     jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

       $('a.hide-me').on('click', function(){

           url: '<?php print admin_url("admin-ajax.php"); ?>',
           type: 'GET',
           context: this,
           data: ({
             action: 'hide_my_notice',
             _ajax_nonce: '<?php print wp_create_nonce('hide-my-notice'); ?>'
           success: function(response){ 



You can also use options cookies or transients to store the notice status

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Nice, but why the obscure variable? $$$ (or is there more to it then that?).. – t31os Dec 20 '10 at 10:43
no, it's just a variable like any other :) – onetrickpony Dec 20 '10 at 16:59
Great stuff. Just one more question is how to get it to appear under the H2 like other notices. It has the class below-h2 but doesn't appear there. Thanks. – agileapricot Dec 21 '10 at 8:36
does it work if you remove the "below-h2" class? – onetrickpony Dec 21 '10 at 10:17
Hmm, it appears the notice doesn't get hidden when i come back to the page :P Does it work for anyone else? How might i go about using the other two methods for hiding it? Sorry i'm in experinced. – agileapricot Dec 21 '10 at 12:03

WordPress 3.3 has Pointers for this.

Example of a pointer

WordPress 3.3 is planned for November [2011] and we published the scope a while ago here on Theme.fm. As mentioned in that post, 3.3 will get a series of UI improvements, one of which is Pointers (or Admin Pointers). We learned about pointers in WordPress a few hours ago from one of Daryl Koopersmith’s changesets so we decided to give it a spin ourselves.

What are Admin Pointers?

Here’s what Jane wrote in the trac ticket for WordPress pointers:

When a new user-facing feature is included in a core update, display a new feature pointer that highlights the new feature a la Facebook, Gmail, etc.

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