Steps To Enable Or Disable WordPress Automatic Updates

WordPress added automatic upgrades starting in version 3.7. Automatic upgrades are important because they keep your WordPress installation updated with the latest security patches and overall WordPress fixes or additions. The following tutorial shows you how to enable or disable automatic upgrades, though we strongly recommend that you not disable your automatic upgrades.

How to Enable Automatic Updates

In order to enable automatic updates in WordPress versions 3.7 or later, you will need to look for the code used to disable the option in the wp-config.php.

Step 1: Login to your cPanel
Step 2: Open the File Manager and then go to the WordPress installation files. You will need to find your wp-config.php file.
Step 3: Search for define( ‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );
Step 4: Once you find the line, delete it from the WP-CONFIG.PHP file
Step 5: Click on SAVE in order to save your changes.

How to Disable Automatic Upgrades

You should not disable your automatic updates unless it’s absolutely required!

Step 1: Login to your cPanel

Step 2: Open the File Manager and then go to the WordPress installation files. You will need to find your wp-config.php file.

Step 3: Once you find the file, select it, and the use the edit options within File Manager in order to proceed.

wp-configphp-file
Step 4: Insert the following line after the initial “define” statements, right above the Authentication Unique Keys and Salts.

define( ‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, true );

add-code-to-wpconfig
Step 5: Click on SAVE in the top right-hand corner of the editor to save your changes.

 

This completes the tutorial for enabling or disabling the automatic updates for your WordPress site.

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