Managing automatic WordPress Updates
We will discuss in this article a topic that many WordPress users have doubts about. Many want to know if there is a possibility to manage the automatic WordPress Updates. As we all know that updates are necessary for the security of the WordPress site and that must be allowed to be run. Some WordPress users feel that these updates are difficult to manage. Well in this article we will discuss how exactly can you ensure that automatic WordPress updates can be done in order to manage the WordPress site better and also ensure that there is no threat to the security of the WordPress site?
Why is there a need to do better automatic updates in WordPress?
Some WordPress users may feel that why is it important to even have an automatic update on WordPress. The WordPress will automatically update itself at regular intervals when there is some update on the security front. Then why do you even need do an automatic update. What happens is that when you have a major release then you might want to run the WordPress update once just to ensure that there is no threat to the security to the content on your site.
To get this done you can either use a plugin or else you can theme update manually as well. Always keep in mind that it is extremely important that you keep the updates regularly running on your WordPress site. The latest version of the WordPress must be used always this will ensue that there is absolutely no threat to the security of your WordPress site.
You must keep yourself aware about all the new plugins and updates that are coming up on WordPress. This will ensure that you always have all the latest features and fixes working on your WordPress site ensuring a better performance of the site.
You must have noticed that some of the features and plugins that you have installed on your WordPress site get updated more frequently than the others. The point is the more popular a plugin is the more frequently it will get updated. We are enclosing a screenshot to show how exactly an update actually happens in WordPress.
It is quite obvious that some WordPress users may find these updates annoying and they may get irritated because every time they login they will find that some or the other update is going on for either one or the other plugin. These updates can also be on for the WordPress core or the theme. The problem becomes even more serious when you have more than one WordPress sites and you see that all the sites have some or the update going on at the same time. This can be really time consuming.
So what do you think is the solution? Well what you can possibly do is ensure that you could make a setup that would ensure that all the updates in WordPress are automatically installed and you do not have to waste time. Especially, if the updates could be automated for everything including the trusted plugins, WordPress core and the themes then life would be much better for the WordPress site owner.
We hope that now you understand why we are saying that it is a good idea to ensure that the updates in WordPress are automated and it can ensure that you get a complete control over the WordPress site of yours which can reduce the time that you are going to spend on installing the updates.
How to set up the easy updates manager
What you need to do about this process is install as well as activate the “Easy updates manager plugin”. This plugin can really help you to manage the updates in WordPress. If you are not sure about how you can install the “Easy updates manager plugin” then you can refer to our article on installing and activating plugins in WordPress. Once you read this article you will get a better idea of how you can possibly use the Easy updates manager plugin.
After you have activated the Easy updates manager plugin using the step by step guide that we have given in our article you can go to the dashboard and then go to the updates option page where you will need to set the plugin. We are enclosing a screenshot to explain how the page will look like.
The setting page of the plugin as you can see is divided into many tabs. As you follow the steps that we have mentioned you will be landing on the dashboard tab with two rows and three columns.
With the help of this page you will be able to turn off the updates for the WordPress core, themes, plugins and translations. There are some default settings here that we have clearly shown in the screenshot above we recommend these default settings to all the WordPress users and site owners.
Many WordPress users often turn off the updates that are happening on the plugins, WordPress core and the themes. We will recommend to never do this as this will seriously compromise on the security of the site and can be dangerous for the future of the site.
We hope you are with us till now. As the next step what you will have to do us go to the general tab in the plugin settings. In this page you can select if you want the access to disable or enable the WordPress updates globally or just on your site. We are again enclosing the screenshot of this page too so that the readers get an idea of what we are trying to say.
How can you set up automatic updates for WordPress, themes and plugins?
With the help of the plugin named Easy updates manager plugin you can easily ensure that you will quickly be able to automatic updates for the WordPress themes, core and plugins. In order to do this you will have to go to the settings page and then click on the general tab. Here you will have to scroll down till you reach the automatic update section as shown in the image that we have enclosed below.
Once you get to this screen as you can see you can easily turn on the automatic updates for the plugins, core or the themes. To do this you will simply have to click on the enable button and then ensure that you click save in order to store the settings else they will be lost.
With the help of the Easy updates manager plugin you can also selectively turn on the automatic updates for some themes and plugins that you are using on your WordPress. There is a possibility that you may want to selectively turn on the automatic updates and to do this you will have to select the “select individually” that you can see next to the automatic plugin updates option.
Ensuring that you select automatic updates only for selected themes and plugins
In this part of the article we will be discussing how you can ensure that automatic updates are applied to a few plugins and not all. To do this you will have to go to the plugin tab that you can find under the plugin setting. We are enclosing a screenshot to explain this.
After you have done this you will notice that you can see all the plugins that you have installed on your WordPress site. Under each of the plugin you will find a link that will enable automatic updates for that plugin. After this you will have to switch to the themes tab and you will get to see a list of the themes that you have installed on your WordPress site. We are enclosing a screenshot that will explain these screens to you in a better way.
After you are done with these steps you will have to move on to the next step and in this you will have to enable the automatic updates for the themes that you actually want to update automatically.
Is it possible to go back to the old version of the plugin or the theme after the update has already happened?
Many users of WordPress do have a genuine concern many a times it is noted that the new update in incompatible in more than one ways. This stops the users from going ahead with the update. We will now explain why you do not have to sacrifice on the updates as there is a way you can get back to the old version of the plugin or the theme if you find the new version not good enough. We will explain in details now how exactly you can do this,
You will have to install a WordPress backup solution that will ensure that will ensure that backup is created for all the plugins and themes and they are not lost after an update is done.
It is not necessary that you use this option only when you feel that an update went wrong you can actually use it even when you feel that there is some problem with the way the site is performing. Getting the data from the backup that you have created can be a lot of work but if you know that you just want to roll back the updates then the job is much easy. Rolling back the plugin and theme updates is actually quite easy and we will now in this article explain how exactly you can do this.
What you will have to do is first install and activate the WP Rollback plugin. Once you have the plugin what you will have to do is just go to the plugin page and you will notice that after the name each plugin that you installed there is an option to rollback. This was not there before you can see it now as you have installed the WP Rollback plugin.
It will look something like the enclosed screenshot.
As soon as you click on the rollback option you will notice that your plugin has gone back to the previous version that you wanted. The same method can be used to roll back the themes also.
We hope that after reading this article you will get a better idea of how exactly you can manage the automatic updates on WordPress. This will also help you understand why you need to manage the updates and how it can help you to enjoy a better control over the updates.