Soon everything on your WordPress website will auto-update as automatic updates feature will become more prominent in WordPress 5.5 version and beyond. While auto-updates is a good step from the security point of view but it can result in other problems for a specific set of WordPress users.
Should I keep auto-update enabled?
So, should you keep auto-update enabled for plugins and themes as and when this is fully rolled out with WordPress 5.5 or should you disable auto-update and apply updates manually?
The answer will vary depending on the type of website and engagement of a user in managing a WordPress website. For a small brochure website with a few plugins, automatic updates can be a good option. Hence, can be kept enabled.
However, if you have a more elaborate website with a lot of plugins and custom code – disabling automatic updates would appear as a more wise decision. Also, if you happen to run courses or eCommerce on your WordPress website – disabling automatic updates for more control over updates would be a good path forward.
Code to disable automatic updates
You can disable all or specific updates on a WordPress website using the manual code. The following code has to be added to the functions.php file of your child theme. In the WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Theme Editor to navigate to functions.php file.
Note: It is always recommended to take the website backup before making any changes to files via manual code.
To disable all updates, add the following code to functions.php file
define( 'wp_auto_update_core', false );
To disable all plugin updates, add the following code to functions.php file
add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_false' );
To disable all theme updates, add the following code to functions.php file
add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_false' );
Plugins to disable automatic updates
If you are not comfortable with the manual code implementation, then using a plugin is the next best option for disabling automatic updates. Easy Updates Manager is the best plugin for stop auto-updates on a WordPress website. It has a lot options to fine-tune which part of your website should auto-update. Also, its pro version expands the features set even further.
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