One of our users asked if there was a way to disable plugin updates in WordPress? As we say it in the WordPress community, “there’s a plugin for that”. In this article we will answer the question how to disable plugin updates in WordPress, but we will also discuss why it is not a good idea to disable plugin updates.
If you want to disable plugin updates, simply install and activate the plugin Disable WordPress plugin updates.
Now lets discuss why you should not disable plugin updates entirely. First of all, there is NO benefit of disabling plugin updates. It is very important that you keep your WordPress plugins up to date. If you don’t, then your blog could be susceptible to security vulnerabilities or performance issues. Some developers or consultants like this ability because they do not want the clients to upgrade a plugin (just in-case if it breaks the site). This is not a very good reason. You are potentially risking security, performance, and additional features all because of a fear that the site will break down due to an upgrade. It does not take that long to downgrade a plugin if the site breaks.
Another reason that developers disable plugin updates is if they have customized the core files. Again, this is not a good excuse to disable all plugin updates. You can use a plugin like WP Manage plugins which allows you to disable plugin updates for specific plugins.
There is no reason why you should disable plugin updates in WordPress for all plugins. If you have an argument for this, we would like to hear it in the comments section.