I'm trying to add an admin alert that reminds the user to install a certain plugin in case it is missing. I have found a way to generally add an alert box:

function addAlert() { ?>
<script type="text/javascript">
$j = jQuery;
$j('.wrap > h2').parent().prev().after('<div class="update-nag">This is a test alert. Do with it what you want.</div>');
<?php } add_action('admin_head','addAlert');

How do I only make it appear if the plugin is missing? I was thinking about something in the lines of <?php if ( function_exists('...') ) ?> but I am not too sure.

I also need a way of adding a link to the plugin and a link to dismiss the box.


To check if a plugin is installed and activated, use the is_plugin_active() function.

Note that you need to include this function first on the front-end before you can use it:

include_once ABSPATH.'wp-admin/includes/plugin.php';

Avoid function_exists() for doing the check. Plugins may refactor their code and a previously existing function might disappear. You never know.

  • Tried this, but I keep getting the following error: Call to undefined function is_plugin_active() What could be causing this? Dec 11 '12 at 17:03
  • You need to include it first on the front-end. I'll update my answer.
    – Geert
    Dec 11 '12 at 17:04

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