How to Set Automatic WordPress, Plugins and Themes Updates

In WordPress by Fathi Arfaoui0 CommentsLast Updated: September 15th, 2017

For many people, installing a blog and start blogging is easy and fast. But, for others, things can be different, it’s not a matter of knowledge, but a web hosting configuration. If you’re one of the lucky people who host their blogs with a fully managed hosting, then, you don’t need to update WordPress, and all the plugins and the theme.

On the other side, if you’re hosting on shared servers, like the majority of sites, then, you may think about automatic upgrading options. You don’t need to contact your hosting provider, they won’t configure anything in this case.

So, you should be able to set up your WordPress website, to be upgraded to the latest versions automatically. This is what I’ll show you today, follow these easy steps.

Automatic WordPress core, plugins and theme updates

It’s really a big problem with these updates. Beginners, especially, ignore them and that can be for many reasons. In other cases, people can forget to login into their dashboards for some time. And during that period, new WordPress updates, or even, the plugins files can be updated. So, it’s not an option, but a must-have function to keep your site secure, and protected all the time.

There is a free plugin called Advanced Automatic Updates. You can download it from the WordPress plugins directory, or simply, install it from your plugins installer. Unlike other complicated tool, this one is easy to use and everything is clear from the first use.

You can also take a look at the recommended WordPress plugins.

When you activate the plugin, you should find its menu link, under ”Settings”, in your WordPress admin area, as the following screenshot example.

Setting Automatic WordPress Updates

Now, you will get some options to use. I recommend checking only the minor versions update for WordPress. Of course, you can enable updating all the version, even, if they’re major updates, but, if one of your plugins is not updated for any reason, it can break the whole site.

So, for that, it’s better to update WordPress, when small changes, are the update.

Plugins and themes updating

Please check the ”plugins” and the ”themes” automatic update. That will save you lots of time, and it can improve your WordPress security. At the same time, plugins authors are updating their tools regularly, and you need to be fully protected.

There is another thing to consider if you’re using a child theme, the ”theme updating” will be a great option. Even if there are major updates, you will not lose the CSS customizations, simply, because you have the child theme, that’s active.

On the other side, if you’re using the main theme framework, then, be careful when configuring the automatic theme update option. You can lose the code in your CSS options and others, So, disable that option, if you’re using a theme framework without a child theme.

By the way, using a child time can help to speed up your website, especially for the Genesis themes.

Thus, you don’t have to worry all the time about your site security and updates. Things will work automatically, and you don’t have to waste your time with useless tools. Just install the plugin and forget problems.

About Fathi Arfaoui

Fathi Arfaoui: A Physicist, Blogger, and the founder and owner of Trustiko.com. He shares Business, Blogging, WordPress, Web Safety, and Blogging tips to build better websites and blogs. Also, he shares online marketing strategies and recommendations.

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