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Last modified 6 weeks ago

#47848 new enhancement

Make it easier to find what version of WordPress you are running

Reported by: karmatosed Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Help/About Keywords:
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Description (last modified by SergeyBiryukov)

If you land on WordPress dashboard it's not that easy without knowing to see what version you are running. This is essential for things like support.

One possible option is to show this in the Help tab, after all there's a support link there. I am sure other places could be super helpful. Little changes like this go a long way to empowering people to know. For example see this issue made by someone wanting to find out: #47847

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@karmatosed
4 months ago

@karmatosed
4 months ago

#1 @Ipstenu
4 months ago

FWIW, it is also listed on the admin footer of every page, however that can be (and is) filtered by plugins.

But as you can see from Tammy's screenshot, it's also in the 'At a Glance' box. I don't know that putting it in a third place that people have to click on to find would improve anything.

You'll also see it if you go to the "About WordPress" link and Dashboard -> Updates.

#2 follow-up: @SergeyBiryukov
4 months ago

This seems to go the opposite direction of #35554 :)

FWIW, it is also listed on the admin footer of every page, however that can be (and is) filtered by plugins.

Not if there's a newer version available, see #15101 and #31046.

#3 @karmatosed
4 months ago

I agree and I was torn recommending yet another place :) My thinking here is right now the places it is are easy to ignore and filter out. That screenshot is taken from a 13 inch laptop so goes to show how easy to not see it would be in that case. The idea of in help is at least you get it where you need it.

It really does go to show though, we assume a lot of spots are easy to find and turns out they aren't and maybe just noise. Do we need it in the 'at a glance'? Is that a useful card now?

#4 @justinahinon
4 months ago

I think what @karmatosed means (correct if I'm wrong please) is that it should be somewhere where it's easily accessible for new users or those who are not used to work with the BO.

As you said the version is sometimes filtered or removed by plugins. It may be great then to have in a place where we can be sure it'll not be so.

#5 @karmatosed
4 months ago

I think what @karmatosed means (correct if I'm wrong please) is that it should be somewhere where it's easily accessible for new users or those who are not used to work with the BO.

You are absolutely correct there @justinahinon, that was my intent. I've been thinking a bit lately about what those of us that are used to WordPress assume and this feels like a tiny point but one to potentially think about.

#6 in reply to: ↑ 2 @SergeyBiryukov
4 months ago

Replying to SergeyBiryukov:

This seems to go the opposite direction of #35554 :)

Just noting there's a lot of discussion and ideas in that ticket. Could we maybe continue there?

#7 @Ipstenu
4 months ago

Do we need it in the 'at a glance'? Is that a useful card now?

Anecdotal plugin comment: Yes. That card is hooked into by people regularly for showing 'important' (YMMV on that one) info.

#8 @SergeyBiryukov
4 months ago

On the other hand, re-reading #35554, it doesn't really have consensus, so perhaps closing that one in favor of this one makes more sense :)

#9 @donmhico
4 months ago

IMHO users would only intentionally want to know their software's version for specific reasons (know if there are updates, needs support, compatibility with other softwares, and other related stuff). And if they do need to find it out, most of the time they would instinctively look for it in "Settings" or "About". I think at the moment we can find the WP version in

  1. "At a glance" meta-box in dashboard - Which I believe can easily be "missed".
  1. Dashboard -> Updates - Which can be considered "good enough" location, except that the current version isn't emphasized enough.
  1. Tools -> Site Health - Personally I think this can be the best place. But except for just placing the version in the "Info" tab which is not the default tab for that page, the version can also be placed at the top of "Site Health Status". It can state something like
You are current running WP version: X.X

Which is wrapped with a background-colored div.

Red / Error -> Too old. (Version < WP Latest Version - 6) -> from the Auto-Update Proposal https://make.wordpress.org/core/2019/08/07/proposal-auto-update-old-versions-to-4-7/

Yellow / Orange / Warning -> (Version is between WP Latest Version and WP Latest Version - 6)

Green -> Latest Version.

#10 @knutsp
4 months ago

The strategy should be to slowly de-emphasize the version, especially when running the latest. When not, the focus should be on upgrading, but not hiding current version, as in footer.

It's hard to see how it can be even more prominent than being in the "At a glance" widget. Make it bolder? Please don't put it in even more places then it already is!

I can though agree then when visiting Site Health Info tab it could be more visible and have colours, as @donmhico suggests.

#11 @SergeyBiryukov
6 weeks ago

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