Available Updates


This plugin simply moves the Plugin admin menu items down and makes ‘Available Updates’ the primary link. This is very useful if you have a lot of sites needing plugin updates, as it saves 3 mouse clicks per site. It adds up! Added step to take admin login directly to the available updates page, saving another click! If there are no plugin updates pending then clicking on the menu item just takes you to the list of installed plugins.


If you find this useful and if you want to contribute, here are some ways:

  1. You can write me and submit your bug reports or improvement suggestions;
  2. Using the plugin is free, but if you want you can support my efforts by donating with PayPal here


  • The typical way to get to the 'Update Available' adminmenu option

  • The existing menu is pushed down and now "Avilable Updates" is top most


Use WordPress’ Add New Plugin feature, searching “Available Updates”, or download the archive and:

  1. Unzip the archive on your computer
  2. Upload available-updates directory to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. New menu item should appear under ‘Plugins’ menu at the first level


Why mess with the menu structure?

After about 20 websites all needing to be checked for updates on a regular basis, I was tired of so many mouse clicks and since this seemed to be a more common admin task it made sense that it should be top most on the menu system if there were updates to be done. So here you are, saving about 3 mouse clicks per WordPress install.

You’re welcome!


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  • Added step to take admin login directly to the available updates page, saving another click!


  • Verified compatibility with WordPress 5.2.1


  • Verified compatibility with WordPress 5.1


  • made donation link open in a new tab


  • Plugin description still not showing correctly, removing EOL spaces from readme.txt file


  • Plugin description still not showing correctly, removing tabs from readme.txt file


  • Plugin description still not showing correctly, another attempt


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  • Release to be compatible with WP 5.0


  • Added donation link to the plugin version line after ‘View Details’
  • Added image for plugin logo block square


  • Initial version