Selfish Fresh Start

Selfish Fresh Start | Chuck Reynolds | clean,curly quotes


This WordPress plugin removes most, in my opinion, unneeded crappy dashboard, post and page widgets, fixes formatted curly quote problems, checks for and removes Hello Dolly plugin, removes junk header tags, removes generator header tag for extra security, removes update notifications for non-admins, prevents self-pinging, removes smilies and trackbacks, and a few other settings that nobody needs either. This is built to be very generalized so it will work with every WordPress site as a good clean-up fresh start and help keep clients out of the editing files.

Current Operations

  • Removed: clean up unneeded header tags including:
    • wlw manifest links
    • rsd links
    • previous and next post links
    • wordpress generator
    • shortlink generation
  • Removed: admin dashboard widgets:
    • core: quick draft / your recent drafts
    • core: wordpress events and news
    • plugin: yoast seo overview box
    • plugin: wp socializer box
    • plugin: w3 total cache news box
    • plugin: gravity forms box
    • plugin: bpress right now in forums
    • plugin: jetpack box
    • plugin: modern tribe rss box (issues/7)
  • Removed: post metabox’s
    • trackbacks
  • Removed: page metabox’s
    • comments box
    • discussion box
  • Removed: appearance menu theme editor
  • Removed: plugins editor menu
  • Removed: plugins list edit links
  • Removed: more jump link to #anchor
  • Removed: update notifications for non-admin users
  • Removed: potential for self ping backs
  • Removed: checks for and nukes Hello Dolly plugin (sorry @photomatt)
  • Off: turn off plugin/theme editor
  • Off: turn off global trackback/pingback setting
  • Off: turn off global formatting of text to graphic smilies

Additional Functionality

  • Do you use Yoast SEO? and don’t need all the beginner / noob stuff? Use this plugin: Yoast SEO Nuke Noob Stuff
  • Emojis scripts and support removal? I almost included it in this plugin but just use this plugin: Disable Emojis
  • Want to remove the Tools Menu? There’s a plugin for that: Remove Tools Menu


If you think you’d like to contribute, Pull Requests on Develop Branch on Github are accepted.
* Built in Chandler AZ, Updated in San Francisco, CA. I always used a lot of these functions on every site to help clean up the admin stuff and do some basic settings and based on some twitter replies others wanted this too as a public plugin. So… here we go. Feel free to do pull requests or add issues on github: Develop Branch on Github


  1. Upload the selfish-fresh-start folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin
  3. That’s it. seriously. Everything is done already. Enjoy.

Plugin author

Chuck Reynolds

Plugin official website address
If you encounter problems in using the Selfish Fresh Start plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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