Remove WordPress Overhead


A standard WP installation contains many links in the head of your HTML (which slow down your site) and has standard widgets you might never use. You can now install this plugin and check the items you want to have removed. The saved options are cached for better performance.

Header items you can remove:
* Remove RSD / EditURI Link
* Remove WLW Manifest Link
* Remove RSS Feed Links
* Remove Next & Prev Post Links
* Remove Shortlink URL (also from http headers)
* Remove WP Generator Meta
* Remove Version Numbers from Style and Script Links
* Disable WP Emoji / emoticons
* Disable JSON API
* Disable Canonical URL
* Remove WooCommerce Generator Meta
* Remove jQuery Migrate script
* Disable XML-RPC methods that require authentication
* Remove all scripts and styles added by Gutenberg (in case you still use the classic editor)

You can disable the following widgets:
* Archives
* Calendar
* Categories
* Links
* Meta
* Nav Menu
* Pages
* Recent Comments
* Recent Posts
* Search
* Tag Cloud
* Text


  • screenshot-1: settings screen


Installing “Remove WordPress Overhead” can be done either by searching for “Remove WordPress Overhead” via the “Plugins > Add New” screen in your WordPress dashboard, or by using the following steps:

  1. Download the plugin via
  2. Upload the ZIP file through the ‘Plugins > Add New > Upload’ screen in your WordPress dashboard
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


December 31, 2016
I’m shocked this plugin doesn’t have more downloads and positive reviews. I have been searching a while for a plugin to remove header output from my site. There are many plugins that will do one or two but no free ones that offer all of them. I also am hesitant with altering my functions.php file or creating a child theme to do so. Using this plugin bypasses losing the settings upon theme update and the management overhead of child themes. For me this plugin is most useful to remove the extraneous header information that is not necessary for my websites such as… rss+xml, Comments Feed, wp-json, rsd+xml, wlwmanifest+xml, json+oembed, xml+oembed. I just use this plugin to disable header information but love the other capabilities. If you don’t have the technical knowledge to understand what you are disabling… then research it or don’t disable. You have the option of enabling/disabling at a granular level just as the one user proved with his 2 star rating. Some of the URL options can alter the pages people are used to accessing on your site. The 2 star rating proved they were not qualified to make the changes they did. Don’t blame the plugin, blame yourself!!
September 23, 2016
Works even on my very old WP installation. Does exactly what is states.
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Contributors & Developers

“Remove WordPress Overhead” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • 2023-12-29
  • fix deprecated stuff


  • 2023-08-09
  • fix deprecated stuff


  • 2022-10-25
  • fix emoji removal
  • apply WP coding styles


  • 2022-10-25
  • also removed canonical action from wp_head: thanks to Joy Reynolds (


  • 2022-07-14
  • changed tested WP version


  • 2019-12-14
  • fix admin load settings script warning


  • 2019-12-14
  • remove Gutenberg block scripts and styles


  • 2019-12-11
  • contributions by Mathew Callaghan (
  • remove jQuery Migrate script
  • disable XML-RPC methods that require authentication


  • 2019-12-09
  • increased tested WP version


  • 2019-12-09
  • contribution by Bill ( :
  • If short links are turned off, this also removes the short link that
  • WordPress puts in the HTTP headers
  • Thanks Bill. Sorry for the 2 year delay in merging 🙂


  • 2019-12-09
  • general code clean up


  • 2016-10-23
  • ability to remove canonical url from header
  • ability to remove WooCommerce generator tag from header
  • add plugin git URL
  • add “select all” op settings page
  • namespace classes to avoid function name collisions
  • add css sliders and checkboxes on settings page
  • added info buttons on the settings page


  • 2016-09-23
  • Correct author name in php file
  • Add donate link in readme
  • Better readme text


  • 2016-09-18
  • Add license in composer.json


  • 2016-09-18
  • Initial release