In WordPress 3.7 a new feature was introduced to the core functionality of the application – the automatic updates. In this tutorial we will do our best to explain you the way those auto updates work, how to configure them and how to completely disable WordPress auto updates in case you want to handle them manually.
By default, from version 3.7 and above, your WordPress site will update itself when a new minor or security update is released. This means, that if you’re on WordPress 3.7.0 and version 3.7.1 is released the application will auto update itself. On the other hand, if WordPress 3.8 is released (a major version) by default you will have to update to it manually.
If you want the WordPress auto updates to handle major core updates too, you will 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:
If you want your plugins to be automatically updated by WordPress when a new version is released, you need to add a line to your wp-config.php file, similar to the one above. This time, however, a filter is used for enabling the plugin auto updates:
add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_true' );
If you want WordPress to handle themes updates you need another line added to the wp-config.php file:
add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_true' );
If you want to stop the autoupdates of the WordPress core, but to enable them for your Plugins and/or Themes, you can add these lines in the wp-config.php file:
Stop the core auto updates:
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );
Then Enable the plugins/themes:
add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_true' ); add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_true' );
If you want to disable the WordPress auto updates completely, open the wp-config.php file and add this line to it:
define( 'AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED', true );