Automatic WordPress Updates
Sometimes an idea sounds good. Really Good. After thinking about it, it starts to be not so good.
Remember New Coke? OK – maybe that was NEVER a good idea!
The good folks over at WordPress decided to make updates to WordPress automatic. That is right – you may no longer have to upgrade WordPress manually. Sort of.
With the release of WordPress version 3.7, automatic updates are um, automatic. Again, Sort of.
Why have automatic updates to begin with? Well, 73% of the 40,000 most popular websites that use WordPress software are vulnerable to attack (You can read more about the investigation) ! That is a huge number – something had to be done!
Let me discuss what will be updated and what won’t be automatically updated.
To start, releases come in different shapes and sizes.
- There are MAJOR releases which take version 3.6 to version 3.7
- There are MINOR releases which take version 3.6 to version 3.6.1 or 3.6.1 to version 3.6.2
- There are SECURITY release which fixes up any security holes.
I have to tell you – when I first heard about auto-updates I nearly freaked out! I do not want updates to automatically be made since there are so many other ‘parts’ that could break becuase of the update! I do not want any of my sites (or my clients’ sites) to be updated when I am not ready to check for incompatibilities.
Now, the good news is that automatics updates WILL NOT OCCUR on Major updates. Only the minor updates along with the security updates will automatically get updated on your site. Typically, these do not break things (but beware – they still can cause incompatibilities to occur!)
By the way, updates are ONLY to the WordPress programs and NOT themes and plugins. I do not recommend it, but you can have all your themes and plugins get updated via the automatic updates. But, oh my gosh! I would never have that happen. Ever. Again, I want to be ready and available to fix things should something break due to an upgrade. Imagine what would happen if your site goes down while you are away when your site was automatically updated! Not a good thing in my book!
If you do not want to have updates applied without, you can disable this feature from happening. All you need to do is add this line of code in your wp-config.php file:
/* Turn off Auto Updates */ define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );
When you add this link, you will be disabling the WordPress automatic updater. You will still be notified when there is a new update or a new version available so that you can upgrade when the time is right for you!
Now that you know a little about automatic updates, what are your thoughts about them? Do you think you will have your site updated automatically, or do you think you might think about disabling this feature. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!