Disable Specific WordPress Update Emails with the Control WP Core Emails Plugin

If you manage a number of WordPress sites, you may find yourself inundated with emails each time a new version of WordPress is released. If you’d like to quickly disable these types of notifications, check out Control WP Core Emails, a brand new plugin developed by Andrew Norcross of Reaktiv Studios.

Once activated, browse to Settings > General and scroll to the bottom of the page. From here, you can configure which emails you want to suppress. Email types include, success, manual, failure, and critical. One thing to note is that Control WP Core Emails does not provide the ability to manipulate the emails. Its sole purpose is to disable them from arriving in your inbox.

Core Control Email Settings
Core Control Email Settings

Norcross created the plugin as he normally receives approximately 100 update emails between local, dev, and production sites. He doesn’t have any plans to extend the plugin as he’s unsure what other functionality it needs. Norcross is open to feedback and if you have suggestions or need to file a bug report, you can do so on the project’s GitHub page.

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  1. So if you have 100 sites, then you will need to install the plugin on all the sites, then configure each one of them?

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      1. If that’s the case, I would rather not use this plugin. It is a lot easier to manage hundreds of emails than hundreds of sites.

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    1. I’d turn it into a MU plugin, with an accompanying config file. Drop both into the mu plugins directory, et voila: All done! ;)

      cu, w0lf.

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      1. That’s actually what I’ve done for myself personally, but I had a few folks ask for it in this plugin form.

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      2. Is there any chance you could share that config file? That sounds a lot easier than mucking around with each site individually.

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