To Suit Your Needs
In version 3.7 of WordPress, we saw the arrival of automatic minor updates on our self-hosted versions of WordPress.
This week, WordPress 3.8.1 rolled out and we saw this happen for the first time!
While I actually like the feature because it is going to help out so many of my non-tech-savvy readers, there are many – mostly personal – reasons that you may not want the minor updates to automatically update.
For most of my readers – disabling this is a bad idea – but if it’s right for you, you may want to investigate it.
Up until recently, disabling these automatic updates required adding some code manually to your site’s wp-config file. You will also find additional (code) update filters listed here. While that remains the BEST way, there are now plugins that will give you similar ability.
While I have not used these plugins – the three that I’m seeing that look work exploring are:
Advanced Automatic Updates (multi-site capable)
Disable Automatic Updates
You will see an about and installation and FAQ tab on those pages to help you better determine which one is best for you. I’d personally probably start with the AAU plugin.
As I mentioned, I’d rather see you use the code if you can (or if you can pay your developer to add it – it won’t take them long). However, this plugin gives the average WordPress user much of the same power as the pro users!
One thing you can do with the code or plugin – that you may want to consider even if you do not disable the WordPress automatic updates – is to alter WHO gets the notification email when the site auto upgrades. Sending those to your developer or tech person that you have a monthly contract with might make more sense than getting them yourself, in some cases.
One example of someone that SHOULD disable automatic updates is a person/site that is using manually edited core files such as those running special translations and other file modifications that they have made that are out of the ordinary.
I hope this gives you some ideas on ways you can tackle the automatic update issue if you decide to go that route.
~ Kim ~
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