Alerts and Warnings

When you visit plugin pages on, you may notice special alerts or warnings. These exist to help visitors understand the status of various plugins.

Approved and Pending Data

Blue background - This plugin is approved and awaiting data upload but not visible to the public yet. Once you make your first commit, the plugin will become public.

Plugins that have been approved but no code has yet been uploaded will see this message:This only displays to the plugin owner and will go away once code has been pushed via SVN.


As of November 2017, plugins that are closed display a notice:

Red background: This plugin has been closed and is no longer available for download.

This is viewable by all visitors and indicates a plugin was closed. Plugins closed after January 2018 will include a date:

Red background: This plugin was closed on February 7, 2018 and is no longer available for download.

After 60 days, the alert will be updated to explain why the plugin was closed:

Alert detailing why a plugin was closed

Plugin committers will see the following additional note:

Blue background: If you did not request this change, please contact for a status. All developers with commit access are contacted when a plugin is closed, with the reasons why, so check your spam email too.

Reasons why plugins are closed

  • Author Request – the author has asked the plugin to be closed
  • Guideline Violation – a violation of any of the guideline
  • Licensing/Trademark Violation – non-GPL code in use, or trademarks are being misused
  • Merged Into Core – the plugin is now a part of core (reserved for feature projects)
  • Security Issue – a security concern has been found in this plugin

Additional details on why a plugin is closed are not provided to anyone outside the security team or the plugin authors, unless there is an extreme circumstance.

Out of Date

Plugins that do not support the last 3 major releases of WordPress have the following notice:

Yellow background: 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.

Previously this message alerted users to plugins not updated within the last 2 years. In 2018 it was modified to rely on more pertinent data. Since WordPress updates major releases 2 to 3 times per year, and a maintained a plugin should be testing with the recent versions, this alert can be avoided by updating a plugin readme when new versions of WordPress is released.

Developers are emailed before every major release of WordPress and asked to update this value. They do not need to push a new version, just update the readme and edit the value of `Tested up to:` to the latest version of WordPress.