Disabling all update checks

When it comes to your WordPress site, updates are one of the single most important aspects of the site to ensure it continues to operate smoothly and that it is not vulnerable to security flaws. This is a small code snippet that completely disables all update checks:
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Severely Over Complicated jQuery Load Process

I have seen a lot of ways to load custom versions of jQuery, but this is probably the most “robust”, though I don’t mean that in a good way.

WordPress makes it really easy to load jQuery by simply doing:

wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' )

Some developers believe it is better to force WordPress to use other versions of jQuery from google (or elsewhere). This is a practice I strongly disagree with. You can read about why I feel this practice is really irresponsible on Pippin’s Plugins.

Anyhow this particular developer went really far and decided to build an overly complex system for loading a custom version of jQuery, and all for a really simple tabs / accordion plugin. Here it is:

// start with setting some defaults
* Set defaults
function squelch_taas_set_defaults() {
// Default versions of external scripts
$jquery_ver = '1.9.1';
$jquery_ui_ver = '1.10.2';
// Show welcme message
update_option( 'squelch_taas_showmessage', 2 );
// Default options
set_default_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_theme', 'smoothness' );
set_default_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver', $jquery_ver );
set_default_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver', $jquery_ui_ver );
update_option( 'squelch_taas_load_jquery', true );
update_option( 'squelch_taas_load_jquery_ui', true );
// Has the user set their own jQuery / jQuery UI versions?
$update_jquery = (get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ver') == get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ver_default') );
$update_jquery_ui = (get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver') == get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver_default') );
if ($update_jquery) error_log( "Going to update jquery ver");
else error_log( 'jquery ver: '.get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver') );
if ($update_jquery_ui) error_log( "Going to update jquery ui ver");
else error_log( 'jquery UI ver: '.get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver') );
update_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver_default', $jquery_ver );
update_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver_default', $jquery_ui_ver );
// On upgrade, bump the version of jquery loaded UNLESS the user has overridden the versions in the config, in which case warn them
if ($update_jquery) update_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver', $jquery_ver );
else update_option( 'squelch_taas_upgrade_warning', 1 );
if ($update_jquery_ui) update_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver', $jquery_ui_ver );
else update_option( 'squelch_taas_upgrade_warning', 1 );
// […]
// set up some detection and warning messages if someone changes the default settings to load a different version of jQuery
if ( get_option( 'squelch_taas_upgrade_warning' ) > 0 ) {
$url = squelch_taas_get_plugin_admin_url();
$url_rmv = $url.'&taas-rmvmsg=upgrade_warning';
$update_jquery = !(get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ver') == get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver_default' ));
$update_jquery_ui = !(get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver') == get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver_default' ));
if ($update_jquery || $update_jquery_ui) {
$jquery_ver = get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver' );
$jquery_ui_ver = get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver' );
$jquery_ver_default = get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ver_default' );
$jquery_ui_ver_default = get_option( 'squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver_default' );
$msg = '<div class="error">'
.'You have configured Squelch Tabs and Accordions Shortcodes to load ';
if ($update_jquery && $update_jquery_ui) $msg .= 'version '.$jquery_ver.' of jQuery and version '.$jquery_ui_ver.' of jQuery UI ';
else if (!$update_jquery && $update_jquery_ui) $msg .= 'version '.$jquery_ui_ver.' of jQuery UI ';
else $msg .= 'version '.$jquery_ver.' of jQuery ';
$msg .= ''
.'on your website, but the recommended ';
if ($update_jquery && $update_jquery_ui) $msg .= 'versions are now '.$jquery_ver_default.' and '.$jquery_ui_ver_default.'. ';
else if (!$update_jquery && $update_jquery_ui) $msg .= 'version is now '.$jquery_ui_ver_default.'. ';
else $msg .= 'version is now '.$jquery_ver_default.'. ';
$msg .= ''
.'It is highly recommended that you update your settings to the new versions on the '
.'<a href="'.$url.'">settings</a> page. '
.'<a href="'.$url_rmv.'">Remove this message</a></p></div>';
echo $msg;
// […]
// deregister the WP bundled copy of jQuery and "hard-wire the plugin to specific versions to prevent incompatibility problems"
* Enqueue the JavaScript and CSS.
function squelch_taas_enqueue_scripts() {
global $taas_plugin_ver;
$load_jquery = get_option('squelch_taas_load_jquery');
$jquery_ver = get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ver');
$load_jquery_ui = get_option('squelch_taas_load_jquery_ui');
$jquery_ui_ver = get_option('squelch_taas_jquery_ui_ver');
$protocol = (!empty($_SERVER['HTTPS']) && $_SERVER['HTTPS'] !== 'off' || $_SERVER['SERVER_PORT'] == 443) ? "https:" : "http:";
// Piggyback the Google APIs CDN but hard-wire the plugin to specific versions to prevent incompatibility problems
if ($load_jquery) {
wp_deregister_script( 'jquery' );
wp_register_script( 'jquery', $protocol.'//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/'.$jquery_ver.'/jquery.min.js' );
wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery' );
if ($load_jquery_ui) {
wp_deregister_script( 'jquery-ui-core' );
wp_register_script( 'jquery-ui-core', $protocol.'//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/'.$jquery_ui_ver.'/jquery-ui.min.js' );
wp_enqueue_script( 'jquery-ui-core' );
// Enqueue the JavaScript
plugins_url( 'js/squelch-tabs-and-accordions.js', __FILE__ ),
array( 'jquery', 'jquery-ui-core' ),

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Now, I really do not like talking badly of others, so please note that I am NOT criticizing this developer personally. It is very likely that this was developed due to his or her own experiences and frustrations with the all-to-common jQuery conflict. I’m posting this not as a insult to whoever wrote this, but as an example of why theme and plugin developers should almost never load their own jQuery. The practice of loading jQuery from Google has resulted in developers needing to find elaborate solutions like this, when really it’s way simpler: if everyone did it correctly by just allowing WordPress to handle the version of jQuery loaded, we’d never have these problems.

Submitted by Josh Feck.

Custom jQuery

Loading custom jQuery is the single cause for a huge number of the support tickets I handle. Sometimes developers decide to load jQuery from Google, sometimes they include a version with their plugin files, sometimes they enqueue it semi-properly, and sometimes they don’t even enqueue it. This snippet is an example of all the bad ways to load jQuery in a plugin.
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