How to Better Manage Automatic Updates in WordPress

In WordPress, the smaller updates such as the security releases and minor bug fix updates are done automatically. This cannot be said for major updates. In those cases, you have to manually initiate the update process yourself.

However, some WordPress users, if not many, skip the whole updating process and tend not to pay attention. There may be any number of reasons for this behavior. But you must ensure your WordPress site is up to date at all times. So that it can perform properly and be safe from other vulnerabilities. Besides form the core updates, the same is applicable for plugin and theme updates. You should not ignore updates.

That being said, all this updating process can be tedious. Wouldn’t it be easier if all those tedious updates could be done easily by setting up WordPress to automatically update core, plugins, and themes of your choice? In case you are wondering, here is how to manage automatic updates in WordPress.

Also read: must follow WordPress security tips.

Manage Automatic Updates in WordPress

To manage automatic updates in WordPress, we are going to use the Easy Updates Manager plugin. To start off, download the plugin, install and activate it. After installing the plugin, visit Updates Options page by navigating to “Dashboard” and then “Updates Options.”

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This page gives you the options to turn on and off the automatic updates of the WordPress core, plugins, and themes. It is advised that you keep the default settings as is.

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In the Updates Options settings page, locate the General tab. The settings this page give you the option of enabling or disabling WordPress updates globally.

As you can see, it is really easy to turn on or off the automatic updates for each of the update types like plugin updates, theme updates, core updates, etc. All you have to do is select either the “Enabled” or “Disabled” radio button and then click on the button “Save Changes.”

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You may be wondering what the Select Individually option does. This helps you to selectively turn on automatic updating for the plugins and themes of your choice. If this is what you want to do, then select the radio button “Select Individually” under the “Automatic Plugin Updates” and the “Automatic Theme Updates” sections.

Once you are done selecting the “Select Individually” option, navigate to the Plugins tab in the settings page. Here, click on the link “Enable Automatic Updates” under the target plugin and you are good to go.

From this point forward, this plugin will be automatically updated whenever there is an update available.

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Also read: how to quickly switch between users in WordPress.

The same can be done to all your themes. Just navigate to the Themes tab and then click on the link “Enable Automatic Updates.”

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That’s all there is to do and it is that simple to manage automatic updates in WordPress.

Rollback to Previous Version of Plugin or Theme

Sometimes there will be a plugin or theme update that break your site. Such incompatibilities are a major reason why some users think twice before updating.

Even though good developers spend a lot of time testing their plugins and themes, there can still be bugs. So, it is always recommended that you backup your site regularly so that you can revert back whenever you need. However, restoring the whole backup can be tedious and time-consuming.

To make things easier, you can use a simple and free plugin called WP Rollback. This plugin lets you rollback to the previous plugin or theme update.

Hope that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above plugin to better manage automatic updates in WordPress.

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