Remove Activation Notice Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer

If you are a theme developer and use Visual Composer you really should look into Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer. It’s a really great expansion of the page builder tool.

If you are bundling the Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer with your theme you’re going to want to disable the activation notice for your end users.

“Please activate your copy of the Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer to get update notifications, access to support features & other resources!”

How to do this really should have been documented somewhere by the plugin author, but I digress.

I spent the better part of my morning working this out so here it is:

Just add the below code to your themes functions.php file:

define('BSF_PRODUCTS_NOTICES', false);

That’s it!!

If you haven’t already, you’ll probably want to add this bit of code to your themes functions.php in order to disable the activation notice for Visual Composer itself:

vc_set_as_theme( $disable_updater = true );

I hope this helps!!


  • Monica

    It works great!

  • Jono

    Doesnt work for me… wordpress 4.4.

    put vc_set_as_theme( $disable_updater = true ); in my THEME’s function PHP and I still get the
    “Please activate your copy of the Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer to get update notifications, access to support features & other resources!”

    Any ideas ?

    Thanks !

    • Shawn Hayes

      For Ultimate Addons you need to add:

      define(‘BSF_PRODUCTS_NOTICES’, false);

      Let me know if you still have problems.

  • Jono

    Got it ! Thank you very much sir ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Fakharuddin

    Hi There,
    Thanks for the great sharing. Going to active my visual composer now.

  • Mario

    Thank you

  • Henrique Draier

    Tks man! It helped a lot !!!

  • Elmer Twilley

    This indeed does remove the nag! Cheers. I’m not 100% certain, but it might leave the circled plugin notification, but it could be from another plugin. At any rate, I wanted to thank you.

    • Shawn Hayes

      Glad it helped. Happy coding!!

  • Shawn Hayes

    Good to know. Thanks for letting me know about your method!! I’ll have to give it try.

  • David McGuigan

    Worked Perfectly…. Thanks… saved me time instead of writing it myself… Great Work… !!!!

  • Piki

    Great job!

  • dody

    thank for tutorial brother

  • noname

    thank you

  • Chris

    Doesn’t seem to work for me unfortunately. Still get asked.

    • Shawn Hayes

      Hi Chris,

      If you give me some more details I may be able to help. Are you having problems with the Visual Composer notice or the Ultimate Addons notice?
      Let me know.


  • Chris

    Thanks a ton!

  • Blizzrdof77

    Thanks! Just what I was looking for!

  • hamad

    nice it works

  • Henkey

    Hey Hayes, This indeed worked. However I am having trouble with a theme activation Notice. How can I deal with that. Newspaper 8.1

    • Shawn Hayes

      You would have to contact your theme developer about that.

      Thank you.
      Best regards,

  • ensayando

    how to remove: (” Please register this copy of theme to get access to premium plugins, pre-built websites, 1-click updates and more… “)

    • Shawn Hayes

      You would have to contact your theme developer about that.

      Thank you.
      Best regards,

  • Phil De Gruchy

    Top man Shawn. Big thank you. I’ve added this to our workflow for all websites. They really should have a tick box for this in the settings. I can’t image the amount of man hours that have been wasted by clients calling agencies about this!

    • Shawn Hayes

      No problem. Glad this helped.

  • Mahar Maqsood

    How about buying Visual Composer and entering license? Looks like you are using it, why not pay developers that work constantly to improve it?

    • Shawn Hayes

      This code is to help theme developers that have purchased Visual Composer’s (WPBakery Page Builder) Extended license and are packaging the code with their theme. We don’t want our users getting this notice after they launch our theme.

      Thank you for your comment.

  • ravi roi

    Great post thank you so much for sharing this information.

  • Adji


  • sitranet

    hi thank you
    this code: define(‘BSF_PRODUCTS_NOTICES’, false);
    was work for me.
    thank you again.

    • Shawn Hayes

      No problem. I am happy the post helped you! Thank you.

  • Jeff Alagar

    Yay! Helped me as both Schema Pro and Convert Plus are my plugins. Thanks for this little hint! Cheers!

    • Shawn Hayes

      No Problem. Glad this helped!

  • Echo

    Does this still work? Not working for me

    • Shawn Hayes

      Yes, last I checked it still works. Let me know if you are still having issues.

  • Thomas

    Great article, it helped a lot. No more annoying warning boxes and saved 50 bucks on buying those plugins ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Shawn.

    • Shawn Hayes

      No problem! I am really happy the post helped you. Let me know if you have any questions about anything. Thank you!

  • Aga

    Am getting this in my web template and i want to remove it.

    can you assist me?

    • Shawn Hayes

      Hey there, Aga,

      Looks like a trial has expired? Is there something in specific you are asking?

  • Tom Denison

    Thank you for sharing this information, but I have a question:
    Which piece of code do I add or do I need to add BOTH pieces of code to the functions.php file?
    define(‘BSF_PRODUCTS_NOTICES’, false);
    vc_set_as_theme( $disable_updater = true );

    And, where do I add the code? At the bottom?


    • Shawn Hayes

      I would add both if you want to get rid of both notices.

      Thank you.

  • Marco

    Doesn’t work for me:
    Please activate your copy of the Ultimate Addons for Elementor to get update notifications, access to support features & other resources!

    still there

    • Shawn Hayes

      Hey there, Marco,

      This Tutorial is for the Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer plugin, not Elementor. Was that a Typo?

      • Marco

        Oops, you’re right I have the notice for Ultimate Addons for Elementor not for visual composer

  • Zak A Sherif

    Thank you very much ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Eduard

    Worked for me after several searches on the internet Shawn! Your solution was the only that worked ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Simone Longato

    A thousand thanks! I used the code to add to the functions.php file and it worked very well. Obviously the customization was done in the child theme ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks again and have a nice day

    • Shawn Hayes

      You are very welcome! I am glad this helped!

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