WordPress 5.2, released last week, added two new pages to the WordPress backend to help users diagnose common configuration issues. The Site Health Check page runs a series of tests and categorizes the results as critical, recommended, and good. This helps users prioritize which issues require immediate attention.

WordPress 5.2 adds filters for developers to add, edit, or remove tests but these filters may not be as accessible as a plugin. Site Health Tool Manager by William Earnhardt is a new plugin that provides an easy way to disable tests.

site-health-tool-manager-provides-a-convenient-way-to-disable-unnecessary-site-health-check-tests Site Health Tool Manager Provides A Convenient Way to Disable Unnecessary Site Health Check Tests
Site Health Tool Manager Settings

In some situations, consultants may want to disable certain tests to prevent the results from panicking a client. For example, if a consultant has configured a site to not receive automatic updates because the site is managed with version control, the site health check test is unnecessary.

Disabling unnecessary tests can also increase a Site’s Health Percentage score. However, in the plugin’s description, Earnhardt stresses that the plugin should, “only be used to disable tests with a legitimate and acceptable reason for failing. It should not be used to hide tests which can be fixed.

Site Health Manager also supports the tests that were recently added in Jetpack 7.3. Site Health Tool Manager is free and can be found on the WordPress plugin directory.

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