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#36811 closed enhancement (fixed)

Remove Download option from the Updates Screen

Reported by: dd32 Owned by: dd32
Milestone: 4.7 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Upgrade/Install Keywords: has-patch has-screenshots shiny-updates ux-feedback commit
Focuses: administration Cc:


Currently the Updates screen offers the option to either update to the new version of WordPress, or to download the ZIP.

Is downloading the zip really the action that a significant number of WordPress users are going to perform? Is it more likely to confuse a number of users?
By removing the extra button we can simplify the interface slightly (It'll be easier for design iterations on the screen too I expect) and use the real estate for more important things.

For those users who do use it, we should probably be offering a link to the release post (or similar) there instead.

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Change History (12)

#1 @voldemortensen
22 months ago

I would venture to guess that users who want to try and update manually already know what they're doing and why they want to update that way. I think removing this removes yet another way a user can shoot themselves in the foot.

#2 @swissspidy
22 months ago


While working on Shiny Updates I noticed this bloated UI as well and I think "Update Now" and "Re-install now" should be the only options.

For those users who do use it, we should probably be offering a link to the release post (or similar) there instead.

We already show a "View version xy details" link for plugin updates, so the same could probably be done for core too.

Here's how we imagined this to look like in one of the latest mockups: https://github.com/obenland/shiny-updates/issues/5#issuecomment-176360299

21 months ago

#3 @swissspidy
21 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch has-screenshots added; needs-patch removed

Just created a patch and attached a screenshot. If shiny updates gets into 4.6 it will be obsolete, but I made it nonetheless.

#4 @swissspidy
20 months ago

  • Keywords shiny-updates added

#5 @swissspidy
18 months ago

  • Keywords ux-feedback added

#6 @swissspidy
17 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 4.7

Moving to 4.7 for consideration.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by chriscct7. View the logs.

17 months ago

#8 @swissspidy
17 months ago

As mentioned in the bug scrub on Monday, we'll need some data to support this.

Edit: Scratch that. We do not really have any data for this.

Last edited 17 months ago by swissspidy (previous) (diff)

#9 @swissspidy
17 months ago

  • Keywords commit added

#10 @dd32
17 months ago

  • Owner set to dd32
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 38736:

Updates: Remove the 'Download' button on the Updates screen.

Props swissspidy.
Fixes #36811.

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