Have you ever wanted to keep a WordPress plugin from checking for updates?  If you have ever made any customizations to a WordPress plugin and have lost them when the plugin updated, then this little trick might help you out.

To keep a WordPress plugin from updating you simply change the plugins version to a higher version number.  When it automatically checks for updates it will think you have the latest version and skip updates on your plugin.

To do this, Login to WordPress and go to the “Plugins” page.  Find the plugin you want to prevent from updating and click on “edit” underneath it.  You will see a bunch of information like below:

Plugin Name: Akismet
Plugin URI: http://akismet.com/
Description: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to <strong>protect your blog from comment and trackback spam</strong>. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) <a href=”http://akismet.com/get/?return=true”>Sign up for an Akismet API key</a>, and 3) Go to your <a href=”plugins.php?page=akismet-key-config”>Akismet configuration</a> page, and save your API key.
Version: 2.5.3
Author: Automattic
Author URI: http://automattic.com/wordpress-plugins/
License: GPLv2 or later

You are looking for the section in red that says the version number.  Simply change this to something higher like “Version: 100.1” or whatever you want it to be.  Save.

That is it.  Now when WordPress checks for updates for that specific plugin it will think yours is up to date and skip it!

*Note: WordPress updates are important and many of them are done for security purposes so make sure you know what you are doing before you disable updating.

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