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How To Enable Automatic Updates In Your WordPress Blog


While one-to-many time you do notice that some important updates are on the move. Although the automatic update make its entrant with WordPress 3.7 BUT if you feel and really like to have the auto-updating on board, then you can simply enable it for major versions as well. Even also you can update all this manually, but, again considering on context that if you are running your WordPress website without any managed hosting service provider, then updating your website can be a time consuming process.

Interestingly, the team behind WordPress developments didn’t enable automatic updates itself for all WordPress releases BUT if you considerably think that your hosting service provider is that much efficient to accept this change and can welcome your site’s plugins and themes, then all you can enable the feature for major releases as well. All you have to do is to add the following code to your site’s wp-config file and you are done:

While the code also gives an open window to nightly updates also. But, you can disable those nightly builds updates by simply adding the following line of code either in your site’s theme’s functions.php file or site-specific plugin. It will leads toward disabling all automatic updates for nightly builds.

Disabling Automatic Updates In Your WordPress Blog


What WordPress 3.7 Brings In?

WordPress 3.7 was out back late last month with brining very important as well as amazing feature on board with focusing on improving security and stability of the content management system. While the one such improvement it brings on with this new version is that it automatically updates the things in the background. This means now you need not to worry about updating the things at your end at all.

Other Part of Story…

But, interestingly and surprisingly to know another part of story that some of us still wants to disable this automatic update feature as some of them may not be ready for it yet. Plus there are also users who run WordPress for their clients and for that they have got their own ways and options available to update WordPress to a newer version when available.

What To Do… To Disable Automatic Updates

Disabling automatic updates in WordPress is quite an easy thing to do. All you have to do is to simply add this line of code in your wp-config.php file and you are done.

The line of code will disable the WordPress automatic updater plus it will still let you get notified whenever there will be a newer version or update is available.

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Updating WordPress – Will It Make My Site A Mess?

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Updating WordPress does not make a mess to your site in anyway if all the things have been taken care properly. Although, the person who is running or having a WordPress site must know very well that you have to keep your site updated to the latest WordPress version always.

Whenever a new version of WordPress is available, you have to update it in time. Moreover, as soon as new version comes, you will receive an update message in your WordPress Admin section to notify you.

WordPress site owners still get confused that what they have to do if a new WordPress update knocks their door, with some even having (extra mile) trouble in mind that if I update WordPress version, then do it make my site a mess in anyway. Like this, there are many question keeps on fluctuating in one’s mind when updating WordPress version stage comes.

To tell you that you need not to worry as the step is extremely simple and if you follow all the steps correctly it is hardly a work of few minutes.

Note: Make sure that you understand well that the upgrade process will possibly affect all files and folders included in the main WordPress installation.

Step 1: Before Updating WordPress – Back-up Your Site

First and foremost, as I always suggest whatever you perform and do or plan to do in your WordPress site, like any update, or new theme installation, you have to start with first backing up whole of your WordPress site. It’s always a good idea of doing so as if some issues come in between, with the help of backup you taken at first step, you can easily restore your website.

Note: Check our earlier article on 7 Best Free Backup Plug-ins For WordPress in order to get more information about the best available free plugins which you can use.

Step 2: Ready to Update

Since you have taken a backup of whole of your site, it’s time now to update the WordPress to newer version.  There are two methods available which you can perform the task – Automatic Update and Manual Update. Automatic Update is the easiest among both and works well for most of people. Manual Update is a little bit glimpsy way and sometimes creates confusion among people at some stage, but it works well the time when automatic update does not works for you.

Step 3: Opting Automatic Update

WordPress version above 2.7 supports Automatic Update feature. In order to start, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Click on the link in the new version banner or by going to the Tools -> Upgrade.
  2. Once on “Update WordPress” page, click the button “Update Automatically” to start the process.
  3. And in friction of seconds, the whole process gets completed and you will get an updated WordPress version installed.

Step 4: Opting Manual Update

  1. To start with first backup your entire database as well as all your WordPress files in your WordPress directory. Make sure or even double check that you don’t forget your .htaccess file.
  2. Verify all the backups that you created.
  3. Deactivate all the plugins which are in use.
  4. Make sure you complete all the four steps properly as once done only then move to the upgrade process.
  5. Now, download and extract the new WordPress version package, which can be found at: http://wordpress.org/download/.
  6. Once you done with downloading, now delete the old WordPress file on your site, but make sure you don’t delete wp-config.php file, wp-content folder, wp-images folder, wp-includes/languages/ folder, .htaccess file and robots.txt file.
  7. Now upload the new files from your computer’s hard drive to the appropriate WordPress folder on your site.
  8. Run the WordPress upgrade.
  9. Once completed, update Permalinks and .htaccess. Try to update your Permalink structure and merge the custom rules, wherever necessary, into your .htaccess file.
  10. Install updated Plugins and Themes. Check for theme and plugins compatibility so that it matches with your latest WordPress installation.
  11. Reactivate Plugins and add security key definitions to the wp-config.php file.
  12. Keep a note of all the changes you have made during the WordPress latest version updation.
  13. And you are done.

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