Learn how to configure or disable automatic updates in WordPress

In WordPress 3.7 and above, a new feature is introduced to the core functionality of the application, the new automatic updates.

In this tutorial we will do our best to explain how these automatic updates work, how to set them, and how to completely disable automatic updates of WordPress if you want to update them manually.

This tutorial covers the following topics:

  • Configuration of standard automatic update
  • Enabling important updates release
  • Enabling Plugins updates
  • How to update themes
  • How to Disable Automatic core updates and allow plugins and themes to automatically update
  • How to completely disable automatic updates in WordPress

Standard automatic update setting

By default, from version 3.7 and above, your WordPress was updated when a new security update was released. This means that if you are on WordPress 3.7.0 and version 3.7.1 is released the app will update automatically.

On the other hand, if WordPress 3.8 is released (the main version) by default, you will have to update it manually.

IMPORTANT: If you are using the version control system, WordPress will disable your automatic updates. Currently, it will check if you are using: Subversion, Git, Mercurial and Bazaar.

Enabling important updates automatically

If you want automatic updates of WordPress core ( ie automatically update the new version ), you have to add a single configuration line. To do this, open the wp-config.php file in the root folder of your WordPress installation and add this line to it:

How to enable automatic updates of plugins

If you want your plugins to be updated automatically by WordPress when a new version is released, you need to add a line to your wp-config.php file, similar to the previous. This time, a filter is used to allow the fitting that changes automatically:

How to enable updates of themes

If you want your WordPress to automatically get updated, you need to add another line to the wp-config.php file:

NOTE: This will only work if your theme is downloaded from the official WordPress repository. If you are using a paid theme for example, or that you have downloaded your theme from the site of a designer, it will not update automatically when new version is released.

Disabling Automatic core updates, but allow plugins and themes automatic updates

If you want to stop the automatic updates of WordPress core ( ie automatically stop the new version ) but continue to update its plugins and / or Themes automatically, you can add these lines in the wp-config.php file:

Stop WordPress updates:

Then enable the Plugins / themes:

How to completely disable automatic updates in WordPress?

If you want to disable automatic updates WordPress completely, open the wp-config.php file and add this line:

IMPORTANT: if you disable the WordPress updates completely, will disable both plugins, themes and automatic updates of core WordPress, no matter the settings you made for Themes and Plugins.


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