Recently, one of our readers asked if it was possible to disable plugin updates in WordPress.
Plugin updates can be disabled in WordPress, but there is no good reason to do that. Keeping your plugins up-to-date can unlock new features and prevent security vulnerabilities.
n this article, we will show you how to disable plugin updates in WordPress. We will also discuss why you shouldn’t do that and what could be the consequences of doing so.
Why You Shouldn’t Disable Plugin Updates in WordPress
Many WordPress users think that plugin updates can break their site. If you are using the best WordPress plugins with a standard and compliant WordPress theme, then the chances of an upgrade breaking your site are very low.
You can see our beginner’s guide on how to choose the best WordPress plugins for your site. For themes, you may want to see our checklist of things you should consider when selecting a WordPress theme.
Plugin updates not only offer new features but also patch security vulnerabilities, improve performance, and fix compatibility issues with the latest or upcoming versions of WordPress.
By not updating plugins, you are intentionally compromising the security and stability of your WordPress website.
Some developers want to disable plugin updates on clients’ sites to prevent them from breaking the websites. This is not a good reason in most cases because most client relationships don’t last forever. You would just be handing your clients a website susceptible to vulnerabilities in the future.
We believe it’s simply better to educate your clients.
If you still must disable plugin updates on your site, then here is how you can do that.
Disable All Plugin Updates in WordPress
Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Update options in your WordPress dashboard to manage the plugin settings.
In the ‘General’ tab, you need to scroll down to the ‘Plugin Updates’ option.
Then, click on ‘Disable plugin updates’ to turn off all plugin updates.
All updates will now be disabled for your plugins, including automatic updates.
Selectively Disable Updates for Specific Plugins in WordPress
You can also selectively disable updates for some WordPress plugins. This is a slightly better option than disabling all plugin updates.
You need to visit the Dashboard » Update Options page and switch to the ‘Plugins’ tab. There you will see a list of all installed plugins on your WordPress site.
You can just click on ‘Blocked’ below a plugin to disable updates for it.
Easy Updates Manager allows you to manage all WordPress updates, including core, plugin, theme, and translation updates. See our guide on how to better manage automatic WordPress updates for detailed instructions.
We hope this article helped you learn how to disable plugin updates in WordPress and why you shouldn’t do that. You may also want to see our guide on how to hide unnecessary items from WordPress admin and our expert picks for the best WordPress backup plugins to protect your website content.