How-to: Disable or Enable WordPress Automatic Background Updates

In this article, you will learn how to disable WordPress automatic background updates and how to enable/disable WordPress core updates.

WordPress 3.7 automatic background update
WordPress 3.7 automatic background update

WordPress 3.7 “Basie” has been released on October 24, 2013. It does not have many new features like WordPress 3.6 “OScar” but I think it is a very important WordPress version with new automatic background update, stronger password recommendations, and better global support.

WordPress is a secured blogging platform (content management platform, if you like) with frequent minor releases for maintenance and security patch.

However, most bloggers only concentrate on writing and neglect critical WordPress updates, thus allows attackers to invade their WordPress blogs.

By default, automatic update only enabled for minor releases (maintenance and security) and translation files.

It automatically checks and install new updates in the background. You don’t need to touch anything. Cool, huh?

Major WordPress update like 3.7 to 3.8 is not enabled by default, which is thoughtful because you may have incompatible plugins and themes that will break your site in new version.

For advance users, you can change the WordPress Automatic Update’s default settings by adding one line of code in wp-config.php file (backup first!):

To DISABLE ALL WordPress Automatic Updates, add this:

[php]
define(‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true);
[/php]

To Enable ALL WordPress Core automatic updates (development, minor, and major), add this:

[php]
define (‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, true);
[/php]

To Disable ALL WordPress Core automatic updates (development, minor, and major), add this:

[php]
define (‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, false);
[/php]

Thoughts

Unless you have special needs, I would recommend you leave the default settings untouched – automatic update WordPress minor releases and translation files.

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