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WordPressの自動更新を無効化する方法

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WordPressは自動的にサイトを更新できることをご存知ですか?場合によっては、プラグインやテーマも含まれます。

セキュリティ上の利点があるにもかかわらず、これらのバックグラウンド更新があなたのサイトを壊してしまう可能性がわずかにあります。

この投稿では、WordPressの自動更新を無効化し、手動で更新できるようにする方法を紹介します。

Disabling automatic updates in WordPress

WordPressが自動更新される理由

WordPressは、セキュリティ上の理由から、WordPressのコアソフトウェアを自動的に更新します。

時には、潜在的な脅威を修正するためにプラグインやテーマを更新することもある。例えば、WordPressのプラグインやテーマが重大な脆弱性を取り除くために更新されるかもしれない。そのプラグインやテーマが多くのサイトで使用されている場合、WordPressのコアチームはそのための自動更新をプッシュするかもしれません。

そのような状況とは別に、WordPressでは更新をインストールするタイミングを自分で決めることができる。

WordPressの自動更新をオフにすることはお勧めしません。重要なセキュリティ機能です。

しかし、まれに更新によってサイトが壊れたり、機能に影響が出ることがあります。その結果、ビジネスやカスタマイザーを失うことになりかねません。

手動更新を自分で管理できる自信があるなら、WordPressの自動更新を無効化しても大丈夫です。

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方法1.コードを使用してWordPressの自動更新を無効化する(推奨)

WordPressの自動更新を無効化するには、wp-config.phpファイルに次のコードを追加します:

define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );

これでWordPressの自動更新がすべて無効化されます。

重要: WordPressのwp-config.phpファイルを安全に編集する方法の投稿を本当に〜してもよいですか?

コアのマイナー更新は受け取りたいが、テーマとプラグインの更新は無効化したい場合は、テーマのfunctions.phpファイルに以下のフィルターを追加することで可能です。

WordPressプラグインの自動更新を無効化します:

add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_false' );

WordPressテーマの自動更新を無効化します:

add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_false' );

しかし、より簡単で安全な方法は、WPCodeコードスニペットプラグインを使用することです。

WPCode

WPCodeは、テーマのfunctions.phpファイルを編集することなく、WordPressにコードスニペットを簡単に追加することができます。そのため、サイトを壊す心配がありません。

さらに、WordPressの自動更新の無効化、REST APIの無効化、SVGファイルのアップロードの許可、コメントすることの無効化など、人気のあるコードスニペット用のPHPコードスニペットを見つけることができるビルトインコードライブラリが付属しています。

これにより、個別プラグインを何個もインストールする必要がなくなる。

注: 無料のWPCodeプラグインは、WordPressでカスタムコードを追加するために必要なすべてを備えています。プライベートクラウドスニペットライブラリ、変換ピクセル、スケジュールスニペット、コードリビジョンなどの高度な機能が必要な場合は、WPCode Proにアップグレードすることができます。

開始するには、無料のWPCodeプラグインをインストールし、有効化する必要があります。ヘルプが必要な場合は、WordPressプラグインのインストール方法のガイドを参照してください。

プラグインを有効化したら、WordPressの管理ダッシュボードからCode SnippetsLibraryにアクセスしてください。

次に、「自動更新を無効化」スニペットを検索し、「スニペットを使用」ボタンをクリックします。

Choose the Disable Automatic Updates snippet from WPCode library

WPCodeは自動的にコード・スニペットを追加し、適切な挿入方法を選択します。

このコード・スニペットには、WordPressのコア更新、プラグイン更新、テーマ更新を無効化する3つのフィルターがあります。

WPCode's Disable Automatic Updates snippet

これらのフィルターを使いたくない場合は、コードを編集してフィルター行の先頭に//を追加するだけでよい。

例えば、コアの自動更新フィルターの行に//を追加すると、そのフィルターが実行されなくなります。つまり、コアの自動更新は行われますが、プラグインやテーマの自動更新は行われません。

Edit the Disable Automatic Update filters

その後は、スイッチを「非アクティブ」から「有効化」に切り替えるだけでいい。

そして「更新」ボタンをクリックする。

Activate and update snippet in WPCode

これで完了です。これでWordPressの自動更新が無効化されました。

方法2.プラグインでWordPressの自動更新を設定・無効化する

WordPressの自動更新を無効にするもう一つの方法は、Easy Updates Managerプラグインをインストールして有効化することです。その方法が本当に〜してもよいですか?WordPressプラグインのインストール方法のステップバイステップガイドをご覧ください。

プラグインを有効化したら、ダッシュボード ” 更新オプションで設定を行います。

Configuring the settings for the Easy Updates Manager plugin

すべての更新を無効化」することもできますが、この設定はお勧めしません。更新通知がすべて表示されなくなることが主な理由です。

その代わりに、必要な設定を選んでください。プラグインとテーマの自動更新は無効化しても、標準のコアWordPressの自動更新は有効化したままにしておくことができます。

Disabling automatic plugin and theme updates while leaving minor core auto updates enabled

注意:「自動更新を無効化」ではなく、「プラグインの更新を無効化」と「テーマの更新を無効化」を選択すると、プラグインとテーマのリストに更新通知が表示されなくなります。

Easy Updates Managerは更新内容のログ記録を保持しますので、サイトが壊れた場合、以前の作業バージョンにロールバックすることができます。これを表示するには、ダッシュボード ” 更新オプションに行き、’ログ記録’タブをクリックします。

The logs tab of the Easy Updates Manager plugin

Easy Updates Managerにはプレミアム版もあり、多くの追加オプションが用意されている。

例えば、最も人気のあるWordPressバックアッププラグインの一つであるUpdraftPlusと統合し、更新が適用される前にサイトのバックアップを自動的に実行することができます。

WordPress自動更新の長所と短所

自動更新を無効化する方法はお分かりいただけたと思いますが、無効化すべきでしょうか?正解はありませんし、これはあなたとあなたのサイト次第です。

私たちのサイトでは、プラグインとテーマの自動更新を無効化しているが、マイナーなコア更新は有効化している。

自動更新のメリットとデメリットを見てみよう。そうすれば、あなたのサイトで自動更新を無効化するかどうかを決めることができる。

WordPressの自動更新のメリット

自動更新はWordPressのセキュリティに最適です。多くのユーザーはプラグインやインストーラの更新を忘れています。

WordPressの自動更新を有効化すると、WordPressのマイナーアップデートがリリースされるたびにサイトを更新する心配がなくなります。これらのアップデートは、メンテナンスとセキュリティの目的で配信されます。

以前は、自動更新はマネージドWordPressホスティングサービスにお金を払っている人だけが利用できるものでした。今では、誰でも(少なくともマイナーリリースについては)利用できるようになりました。

また、WordPressや人気のプラグインに重大なセキュリティ問題が発生した場合、WordPressが自動的に更新されることもご存知でしょう。あなたが忙しくても、家を離れていても、あなたのサイトは安全に保たれます。

多くのサイトを持っている場合、自動更新はかなりの時間を節約することができます。また、サイトが1つしかない場合でも、WordPressに任せておけば安心という方も多いでしょう。

WordPressの自動更新のデメリット

更新を担当するWordPressのコアチームは、更新が滞りなく行われることを確認します。

ただし、自動更新によってサイトが壊れる可能性はわずかにあります。私たちの経験では、マイナーリリースでサイトが壊れたことはまだありません。

それは、ベストプラクティスに従い、コアファイルを変更していないからです。WordPressのコアファイルを変更すると、自動更新が上書きされる可能性があります。

WordPressが、あなたが使用しているテーマのセキュリティ更新を行う必要があると感じた場合、あなたのサイトが壊れる可能性があります。特に、テーマファイルを変更している場合は、その可能性が高くなります。

プラグインの自動更新は、サイトを壊してしまう可能性もある。サーバー環境やプラグインの組み合わせなど、変数が多すぎるのだ。

ここで重要なのは、これらの更新によって大半のサイトが壊れることはないということだ。それでも、リスクを負いたくないと感じるかもしれない。

もうひとつの欠点は、サイトが更新されたときに自動的に通知が届かないことだ。

WordPressの自動更新は無効化すべきか?

基本的に、この決断はあなた次第だ。

ほとんどの初心者やWordPressサイトの大部分にとって、自動更新は無害であり、無効化すべきではありません。

しかし、オンラインストアを運営している場合や、サイトが壊れてビジネスを失いたくない場合は、自動更新をオフにしても問題ない。

それでも、サイトのセキュリティを確保するために、更新は適時に手動でインストールするようにしてください。

この投稿が、WordPressの自動更新を無効化する方法を知る一助となれば幸いです。

自動更新であれ手動更新であれ、サイトのバックアップを定期的に取ることは非常に重要です。WordPressサイトのバックアップの取り方についてのガイド、またはWordPressセキュリティプラグインの比較もご覧ください。

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  1. Syed Balkhi says

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    Thank you for the article. It saved me from constantly updating WordPress at the moment a new version was released. After reverting to the old version from a backup, WordPress immediately tried to update automatically. This was a significant help.

  3. praddep says

    I have found function.php file using my file manager in Cpanel but when I open function.php to edit there are a lot of coding and I am not understanding where to paste this code { add_filter( ‘auto_update_plugin’, ‘__return_false’ ); }

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would normally want to add it to the bottom for ease of removal in the future as well as avoiding adding it somewhere where it would have an issue

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  4. Jes says

    Every time WP autoupdates it screws up my sites. It’s been an absolute nightmare and now I’m dealing with how to fix a site yet again that it messed up the theme and I do not customize. It’s the Divi theme. Craziness, I miss the old ways of web design, this is a constant nightmare.

  5. Yan Cruz says

    I been having trouble with the hestia theme although I’m using a child theme. It keeps changing the footer to the default although I coded to make sure it changed to what I want.

    Which of these forms would benefit me the most to accomplish what I seek?

    My knowledge of php is alright, so I can try coding if it is the better choice.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Yan,

      We would suggest that you contact theme author to figure out the most effective way to modify the footer. If you are using easy updates manager plugin, then you can disable all theme updates.

      管理者

  6. Marco Diversi says

    This is going to be a very important article! I have disabled all the updates, I hate Gutenberg!

  7. David says

    Hello.

    I have just installed this plugin. Can someone please confirm to me that even though I have disabled all updates (plugins, themes, WP updates, etc), I will still receive notification that an update is available by simply logging into my WP Admin?

    If this is the case, when I do a manual update, will I have to disable this plugin to complete the action?

    Thanks all,
    David.

    • Steven says

      David, I appears that this question was asked about eight months ago, so I will go ahead and answer for all future viewers asking themselves the same question. I assume you have already found the answer…

      When you disable automatic updates with a plugin or using the PHP constant variables, the WP-Admin will still show that there are updates available. At this point, you will have to manually update the core, themes, or plugins within the Wp-Admin interface or a remote manager.

      I hope this was helpful.

  8. Chaudhary Sushil says

    Thank you for the guideline how to stop auto update of WordPress version.
    My story is – the first time I face version auto update problem on 4.8.3 that is working good for front page but I stuck to open my dashboard. It shows fatal error. My mind is going black what I do for this how to recover. But the jetpack plugin saves the site by going on wordpress.com and disabling installed plugins one by one and at last, I found the plugging that was not updated from last 2 years and that was causing a problem.
    I spend 6 months on the site and there is too much information that way I scared to follow manual process to go in code via hosting or ftp and change or rename folders one by one and check the reflection.
    Because on this process one big problem is to fully break site on that case the backup is the way to go back on the previous stage but I also still not try how to recover from a backup and this is one of the most dangerous for right now.

    I am sharing this story with you all because what I fell in that situation was too bad and I don’t what any to put them self in this situation, So it’s best to practice for all these types of a problem at starting face though demos. It’s best to stop our self-entering in the red zone.

  9. Stefano says

    As in the official wordpress site:

    Only:

    define( ‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );

    will disable all automatic updates.

    define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, false );

    will disable only wp core auto updates as the definition says.

  10. Renato Frota says

    The recommendation to use “add_filter” on wp-config.php is noobish and tend to cause problems – along to break wp-cli (wp-cli.org) to work with your WordPress install.

    Use instead:

    define( ‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );

    And ALWAYS put it BEFORE the line that says “That’s it, stop editing!”

  11. George Applebee says

    My horror story was about falling for the concept that backing up my website would protect me from a WP major upgrade.

    After manually upgrading my site with a major upgrade, the site broke, so i went to my favorite save my *ss backup software Updraft plus, only to find that the WP upgrade changed the database structure and file names. The backup was worthless because the database couldn’t be overwritten.

    Arghh! I had to find an older version of WP and start from scratch with a new DB and WP install. I could then use my backup software to get my client’s website back by installing the plugin. Be aware, WP upgrades can totally change the database structure!

  12. pabster says

    After months of having auto updates totally disabled with the ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’ false tweak, my WP has managed to auto update on its own!! I was in 3.9 and now all of a sudden I’m in 4.2.2. How’s that possible? Do those folks still have some secret, hidden ace under the sleeve for forcing auto update on people like me?

  13. Una says

    I hate automatic WordPress updates. The last one broke my theme.
    So thank you so much for the way to diable this.

    • pabster says

      It’s a totally commercial thing. Nothing really much to do with “security” and that kind of mantra. We’re in a capitalistic world, and everything is ruled by money. Even “free” software is. :-)

  14. nathi says

    Updating automatically is a no go for me, alot of customization is in place and needs to be measured against new wordpress versions before proceeding to update-definitely will use this Code. Thanx

    • grisales says

      Of course it can happen!

      When you download a theme you should check which WP Version is it compatible with.

      Always keep on mind that you shouldn’t update the core although there is an update release available unless your plug-ins, and customizations have been tested to be compatible with the version you want to update to by you or the authors of such extensions.

  15. Jan Fikar says

    For me, I hate when something si updated (rewrited) with no control or whatsoever. The might be not compatble plugin having all webpage killed.

  16. Patrick Mercer says

    Just experienced an automatic update and even though it worked fine, I found this tip and turned off the auto updates as fast as I could. I hate it when something suddenly starts working different and I have to spend time trying to figure out why. I live my life at my pace, not yours.

  17. ElDerecho says

    Automatic updates are a phenomenally bad idea for web applications. If they screw up the update (like MS has done with Windows updates a number of times), they will be potentially hosing millions of public sites that businesses rely on. Or worse, if the system is exploited, they’d be giving access to millions of servers to hackers, spammers, and who knows who else.
    No to mention, its just plain dangerous to allow executable files (PHP in this case) to be writable by the web server.
    Anyways, thanks for the post.

  18. RobS says

    I agree this is a bad policy and they should create an on/off option in the General Settings. I want to update in a timely manner, but I have run into many situations where a plug-in doesn’t work with the latest WP upgrade. I usually have to wait until the plug-in dev fixes their plug-ins.

    If WP could guarantee all plugins are upgraded to work with new updates before they deploy, then sure, it makes sense. But that will never happen in an open source world.

  19. Rachel Ramey says

    For what it’s worth, my sites all DID auto-update through a major release. (3.7x to 3.8x and 3.8x to 3.9x)

  20. Nicole Kavanagh says

    I totally agree with the WordPress Automatic Updates.

    As a business owner and selling wordpress extensions, our business model arrived just in time.

    Long gone are the days when developers can sell extensions with a lifetime of Updates and Support, who in any business offers a service which is not payed for? It is just not viable or sustainable for any business.

    The up keep for maintaining WordPress and e-commerce extensions to be compatible with newer versions is very demanding on any team.

    This will really add a new dimension for the developers selling extensions that are not maintained. Usually the cheaper extensions, eventually you may find that these developers will not continue to sell their product.

    We started out selling all of our products at a cost of $** offering 1 year of Updates and Support included in this price, any subsequent years thereafter require a new Licence key at a discounted price to continue to receive: Activation, Updates and Support.

    The WordPress automatic updates make sense to us, this is our business and maintaining all of our extensions is what we do.
    It does take a lot of time and testing, and then of course the product information, product descriptions, product screen casts, product documentation all needs to be updated as well.

    There may be some clients that never updated their WordPress, e-commerce extensions, and eventually something will break.

    But then there are also the clients that update their extensions the minute there is a notification there is an Update.

    If all developers are in the same boat with maintaining their code to suit any new versions, it is a level playing field l agree with.

    Nicole from Extension Works.

    • Mac Gyver says

      Nicole, you are so wrong that I don’t know where to begin.

      First, I did not authorize Yoast to change my update settings, and I’m mad as H__L.

      Second, the rule is NEVER EVER UPDATE BEFORE DOING A WEBSITE BACKUP. When websites do auto update that safety feature is precluded.

      Third, the clumsy auto loading of the WP updates has somehow knocked one of my non-wordpress sites off the internet – Google says:

      “If you are the owner of this web site you have not uploaded (or incorrectly uploaded) your web site. For information on uploading your web site using FTP client software or web design software, click here for FTP Upload Information.”

      That is my oldest website, not wordpress, and the “update hack” that Yoast installed without my permission caused this and more. I have not changed any configuration on the affected website; the auto WP updates to a subdomain of that primary domain caused this.

      Now I have to waste time I had already scheduled to get GoDaddy techs to get my servers straight.

      Believe me, when I finish that task I’ll get Yoast’s attention on social media.

      Edit: There were not one but TWO of my 6 websites knocked offline by the ill-conceived “hack” by Yoast. If you listen closely you can hear me sizzle.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Mohsin, a better strategy is to create a child theme and make all your changes in the child theme. But if you must stop your theme update, then you can do that by editing the theme header in the style.css file.

      管理者

  21. anon says

    Ha! i thought the client had updated the site so i disabled ftp just to find out it’s WordPress default. LOL!

    Never have I heard such a stupid idea in all my time as a developer! How did that get passed – is there an online thread discussing this stupid idea?

  22. Christina says

    Well, I had a site update to 3.8.2 automatically yesterday and when I went to work this morning, the site’s homepage was broken.

    I use genesis framework and a child theme, so I have not edited the core. The site was almost ready to go live, and now I can only hope genesis can help me fix it.

    I have a backup, but reallllllly don’t need the hassle of that, especially as it was taken a few days ago.

    I will definitely be turning off automatic updates and think they are a terrible idea. Too many variables between plugins and theme conflicts to trust something without taking an immediate backup prior to updating. :O(

  23. Javier says

    Ok, but what if a hacker takes control over the wordpress server for updates and then push a malicious update?? Half of the websites of the world down, the biggest DoS ever or every server infected with malware. IM FREAKING OUT!!

  24. Joanna Benson says

    The automatic updates are a bad idea. What about plug-in compatibility issues?! I like to be sure that the principal plug-ins that I use on my website are compatible with the latest version of WordPress BEFORE WordPress is updated. Finding out AFTER when a plug-in breaks my site because it isn’t yet compatible with the latest version of WordPress is a headache that I don’t need. The fact that WordPress wouldn’t have thought about this before implementing the automatic updates is quite surprising!

    • Christian says

      I agree! Qtranslate, for example, is a pain as it is coded with the latest wp version number written into the code …

    • Mark says

      I am very wary of installing plugins unless I absolutely need them.

      Plus I always check with the theme developer about conflicting plugins… I’ve had some bad experiences.

      I recommend only using premium plugins because of support and updates

  25. Nicole says

    I would disable automatic updates because sometimes WordPress updates because a lot of the time it breaks functionality or messes up the layout on the site. This happens when I’m using a theme that doesn’t work with the new version of WordPress, or if my site is integrated with the Yii Framework (PHP MVC architecture). It’s better if i’m able to test out the update on a test site instead of the live site automatically updating.

    Thanks for the information on how to disable!

  26. Todd Nagel says

    Thank you for this, I manage quite a few wordpress sites, not everyone has the budget to be where they would like to be at all times, not all the sites have the ‘best’ of code, some are way old so are using older plugins, lots of things can go wrong in an update..

    WordPress adding this in without ‘warning’ really is kind of wrong in my opinion.

    and my manual update to 3.8 the other day broke a website because the contact form 7 extra plugin for ‘uplicate confirm email’ is outdated..

    as long as you stay within a few updates, your going to be pretty secure, and we always do it on a ‘dev’ folder first..

    T

  27. Mel Brady says

    The last update ruined my good working product. It took a couple days to repair. Is this going to happen on all wordpress updates. I’ve got more to do then fixing my site.

  28. Sharon J says

    i don’t like automatic updates because I would rather wait in case there are bugs. Also, if there is a problem I have 80-100 customers. What if there is a problem on ALL those sites? I am going to disable automatic updates on my site and on future sites for sure.

    • Jocelyn Wing says

      I’m with you Sharon. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. That’s why I am here because I have a client who noticed and complained about why his website look keeps changing.

      Thanks to WordPress community for making the software more secure.

      Thanks for the advice here.

  29. Arend says

    I think I have enough off those peoples who think any non technical computer-user is a moron
    I think that the sheer arrogance of the WordPress developers is something I don’t want
    to deal with any longer, so after 6 years of happy using it’s goodbye to WordPress….
    and on the look-out for a new Cms sytem without developers trying to make my decisions

    • Eni says

      Agree.
      Something pretty strange is going on over the Internet. From G, FB,WP…hosting companies…, “security” softwares….., open source browsers and other software we need to use the Internet….seems like everyone is hurrying over each other to make our life “easier” and “safer” by full beg of automatic updates and other “services” running “on our behalf”, with little or no control on our side what’s going on and what’s being done.
      Automation like that very likely may destroy peoples long-years efforts results in a second,
      without anyone being responsible for such effect.
      Coz’ things are complicated and not synchronized to the point that in most cases you would need to spend months if not years to locate where problem(s) arouse from .I doubt anyone of us could deal with such situation. Anyone using WP knows that you need at list 10-20 plugins to make it work per your essential needs. And just coping with plugins and WP updates none of them synchronized with each other, costs you too much time, nerves and energy. Seems like we should be occupied only by doing that.

      Makes no sense.
      Not good.

      • JOhnne says

        Of course it makes sense, it is totally necessary automatic browser updates or we would be stucked in the old ie 6/7 until now with all kind of old css support. You can be angry, but all developpers are thankfull for browser updates, it’s the way microsoft should have done long time ago and we wouldn’t have this crap ie 6 / 7 / 8 versions running until now. We have a major delay in web creativity and innovation today becouse of this, and we are slowing getting of this cenario!

  30. Umm No says

    Brought a site down today with the 3.8.1, didn’t even know this would happen. turned it off on all other sites. Won’t allow that to happen again. Update on a friday so I can spend my weekend cleaning up the mess they make. and then delete all threads started on wp support about broken sites. Seems like they don’t want people to know they break sites and leave it for you to clean up the mass

  31. Barbara says

    My two cents: Automatic updates seem to always happen to me at the most inconvenient time. That’s reason enough to turn them off. Thanks for the article!

  32. Glen says

    I have been a WordPress user since 2007, and since added 3 more websites using WP. I have always updated my own sites when new versions of WP became available. When learning about updates back in 2007 I recall that specific and important instructions were given that all plugins must be disabled before updating to a new version of WP. Therefore, I’ve always done that. Now, with the automatic update for minor versions, my sites are being automatically updated. Does that mean they disable the plugins? If not, what has changed that plugins no longer need to be disabled? I’m a little nervous about this.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Glen, there is no need to worry about that. During the update, WordPress puts your site in maintenance mood which is just like disabling plugins. It then updates your site and then turns off maintenance mood.

      管理者

      • Glen says

        Thanks a whole bunch, support. I probably should have known that. You’ve certainly put me at ease over this. My previous concerns have gone out the window. Again, thank you.

  33. where to add the code? says

    you say what file to add it to. where to we add it in that file? my config file has lots of stuff in it that I dont want to mess up. where do I paste the code in that file? need more info please.

  34. Brian says

    I have two websites that were totally broken last time the updates took place. I have changed core files on http://pizzaspotz.com and http://gotinterviews.com. I am very inexperienced at making child themes. I just don’t seem to be able to do it. Just call me ignorant. But I wonder if I create child themes one day, I could then go ahead and enable automatic updates on these two sites and the auto updates will no longer break the sites.

      • Brian Humek says

        Just had to visit your site again today to double check how to disable these updates. I saw WP had updated some of my sites and I guess I’m forgetting a lot these days. I double checked and found my two sites which were messed up in the last update were indeed disabled.

        Again, kudos to your easy tutorial.

  35. Nathan says

    Will adding this line of code into my configuration file help multi-site installations? I need clarification / verification before running that.

  36. Barbarella a.k.a. The Mad Cat Lady says

    Not happy with being “forced” to have automatic updates without the option of turning them off. Even though I know how to put this code into wp-config.php, other people might not have a clue, and I think we should at least be given an on/off switch in the dashboard where we could have the choice to disable automatic updates if we wanted to.

    Thanks for this snippet of code though. I will apply it to all my sites now (and I have a LOT of WP sites!).

    • Rachel Ramey says

      I absolutely agree. The WordPress user documents themselves specify to ALWAYS BACK UP before updating, and now we don’t have that option because our sites update themselves without asking our permission. And you have to hack the code to turn it off. That’s ridiculous and utterly FOOLISH!

      If they’re going to make this a default, then I’m with you – there needs to be an “off” switch or checkbox in the settings.

  37. Patty Ayers says

    Syed, I’m wondering why the code you provide here seems to be strongly discouraged by Andrew Nacin in this post: http://make.wordpress.org/core/2013/10/25/the-definitive-guide-to-disabling-auto-updates-in-wordpress-3-7/

    “The constant AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED can be used to disable the automatic updater entirely. It’s like DISALLOW_FILE_MODS — no changes allowed at all — but it’s specific to the auto updater.

    Don’t use this to block only core updates! You’ll also be blocking a lot of other functionality. You won’t get translation updates (language packs) for core, themes, and plugins. You won’t receive update notifications sent via email to alert you of new WordPress releases. It also disables all opportunity for fine-grained control.”

    Or am I (likely) misunderstanding something?

  38. Erni says

    Are you sure that the code with “true” is right, or is this a mistake and you’ve to add “false” to the code to disable the updates?

    For my self I want to update wordpress alone, without any background updates. It would be cool if you’ve an option to decide yourself to deactivate automatic updates.

  39. Jenny says

    Thank for this tip, I always prefer to test the compatibility of a new version with plugins installed before using it in production

  40. adolf witzeling says

    Thank you for posting this quick tip. I just installed WP 3.7 and although I DO want to run the latest version, I still want to be in control in regard to updates-it just makes me nervous something changing without me being aware of, because if something goes wrong after I make a change at least I have a good idea where to start troubleshooting. I recently installed a plug-in updater (which supposed to automatically update my plug-ins) and all I was left with was a blank screen!!. Took me (bloody beginner) a while to get it back up and running. The plug-ins weren’t the problem the updater was, by ignoring some of the installed versions [i.e. 2.3.1 and ignoring the third digit -the (.1)] Don’t wanna go through that shit again.

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