This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

WP Switch Clean Updates On


With every major update from WordPress, WordPress pushes new versions of her default themes to you server. Though the default themes are relatively safe, every line of unused code on your server forms a potential security risk. With this plugin your Websites will not be bothered with the new plugins. This plugin has only one short line of code, so it will hardly effect website speed and it will not litter your WordPress with advertising.


Thanks go out to the public at the WordPress Meetup in Nijmegen for brining up this issue and solution.


This file is part of WP Clean Updates.

WP Switch Clean Updates On is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

WP Switch Clean Updates On is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with WP Switch Clean Updates On. If not, see


  1. Upload the complete wpa-clean-updates folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.


Will this plugin slow down WordPress?

The plugin just introduces a single setting to WordPress in a single line of code. So no, it will not slow WordPress down.

Is this plugin compatible with update management plugins?

Yes. It has been tested by the guys over at and on various platforms.

What security considerations are there in using this plugin?

This plugin is handling no user or system input/output. It does nothing with the database. It does however avoid your server from installing unneeded themes and so limiting the codebase on the server. Limiting the code base is a security best practice.

Will there be future updates to this plugin?

Yes, we will release a new version every 10 months. A new version will not mean new code. It is just to avoid the plugin being marked as abandoned. New code will only be added if WordPress needs it.


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Contributors & Developers

“WP Switch Clean Updates On” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.3 28-06-2022

  • Another rebranding as we are streamlining our business to There’s still no need to alter the code.

1.2 11-06-2019

  • Rebranding release as we will streamline the branding of simple tools like these. From now on, they will fall under

1.1 07-06-2019

  • Version bump

1.0 26-03-2018

  • First release