Are you looking for a way to automatically manage WordPress updates? Updates are important for security and stability of your WordPress site. In this article, we will show you how to better manage automatic WordPress updates.
Why Do You Need Better Automatic Updates in WordPress?
By default WordPress can automatically update itself when a security or minor release is available. You’d have to use a plugin or code to enable automatic updates for major releases.
Since the release of WordPress 5.5, you can also choose to automatically update any of your plugins or themes, too.
Keeping your WordPress site updated is extremely important. See our guide on why you should always use the latest version of WordPress.
Same goes for all plugins and themes installed on your website. You need to install updates for themes and plugins to get new features and fixes.
However, you may have noticed that some of them are updated more frequently than others. A lot of popular plugins are updated almost weekly.
Some users find it a bit annoying that whenever they login there are new updates available for one or more plugins, WordPress core, or theme. It becomes even more time consuming when you manage multiple WordPress sites.
That’s why many users want to have WordPress automatically install updates for WordPress core, trusted plugins, and themes.
But while WordPress now lets you do this without a plugin, you still don’t have full control over your auto updates.
Let’s see how you can take total control of WordPress and minimize the time spent on installing updates.
Setting up Easy Updates Manager
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Easy Updates Manager plugin. This plugin gives you complete control over customizing your updates, and also keeps logs of what is updated and when.
For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Updates Options page to set up the plugin.
This page provides you quick access to turn off updates for WordPress core, plugins, themes, translations, etc. The default settings here are recommended for all WordPress site owners.
We strongly recommend not to turn off updates for WordPress core, plugins, or themes. It will seriously compromise your site’s security and health.
Setting Up Automatic Updates for WordPress, Plugins, and Themes
Easy Updates Manager allow you to quickly enable automatic updates for WordPress core, plugins, and themes.
Go to the plugin’s settings page and scroll down to see all the automatic update options.
Here you can quickly turn on automatic updates for core, plugins, or themes. Simply click on enable and then click on save changes button to store your settings.
This plugin also allows you to selectively turn on automatic updates for some plugins or themes. If you would like to selectively turn on automatic updates, then click on ‘Select Individually’ next to the Automatic Plugin Updates option.
Set Automatic Updates for Select Plugins and Themes
If you selected to individually enable automatic updates for few plugins, then you need to switch to the plugins tab under plugin settings.
Here you will see a list of all plugins installed on your WordPress site. Below each plugin, you will find a link to enable automatic updates for that plugin.
Switch to the Themes tab, and you will see a list of themes installed on your site.
Simply click on enable automatic updates for themes that you want to be automatically updated.
How to Rollback to a Previous Version of Plugin or Theme After Update?
Plugin or theme incompatibilities is the major reason why some users are hesitant when it comes to updating. Even though most good developers thoroughly test their plugins, there can still be bugs that can cause your site to break.
The first step you should take to protect your website is to install a WordPress backup solution.
However, restoring your WordPress site from a backup can be a lot of work. If you know what plugin or theme update caused the problem, then it would be easier to just rollback the update.
Here is how you can easily rollback plugin or theme updates.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Rollback plugin.
Upon activation, go back to the plugins page on your WordPress site. You will notice a new Rollback option below each plugin installed on your site.
Clicking on Rollback will allow you to rollback your plugin to any previous version you want. It can also rollback theme updates. For more detailed instructions see our guide on how to rollback WordPress plugins.
We hope this article helped you find a better way to manage automatic WordPress updates on your site. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog