A fresh WordPress install just downloaded 619 kB large feed used for the "WordPress News" widget on the dashboard. This renders things like wp option list useless as the longest line (!) is 600,000 characters wide.

I'm looking for a way to completely suppress this functionality.

  • sorry, but no real idea what are you talking about – Mark Kaplun Oct 1 '16 at 13:01

I am not 100% certain if you are looking for a way to remove the Meta-boxes?

If so, following plugin could solve your 'issue'. (please backup and so on ...)

 * Remove Dashboard widgets
 * @version Wordpress 4.6.1
add_action( 'wp_dashboard_setup', 'wpse241195_disable_dashboard_widgets' );
function wpse241195_disable_dashboard_widgets()
    remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_incoming_links', 'dashboard', 'normal' );   // Incoming Links
    remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_plugins', 'dashboard', 'normal' );          // Plugins
    remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_quick_press', 'dashboard', 'side' );        // Quick Press
    remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_recent_drafts', 'dashboard', 'side' );      // Recent Drafts
    remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_primary', 'dashboard', 'side' );            // WordPress blog
    remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_secondary', 'dashboard', 'side' );          // Other WordPress News    
    remove_action( 'welcome_panel', 'wp_welcome_panel' );                   // Remove WordPress Welcome Panel

It is the complete list, little overdone but as said, adjust to ownwishes.
This function removes them completely, so if you not wish that you should create a function to just hide them (which not removes them and imho it still will be loading the news feed and more)

See Codex for more information

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  • That is perfect. remove_meta_box( 'dashboard_primary', 'dashboard', 'side' ); worked great. – Borek Bernard Oct 2 '16 at 17:12

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