How do I disable the Wordpress auto-update feature?

When Wordpress is initially setup, you may be given the option to set Wordpress to auto update Wordpress as new versions of Wordpress become publicly available. This can be great for smaller websites with few plugins but may cause conflicts for websites using a lot of plugins or custom theme development.

However if you find that you may want to disable this Wordpress feature, there are two methods to disable the auto-update feature for Wordpress.

Method #1: Using a Wordpress Plugin

This is easiest method to have control over the Wordpress auto-updates. You can add the Updates Option plugin (click here, or search for the plugin in Wordpress dashboard). Once the plugin is installed, you can access the settings of updates from Settings > General.

If you are not an advanced coder, this is the best option.

This plugin not only offers automatic WordPress core files updates control, it also supports the auto-update control over the plugin and themes.


Method #2 - Configuring wp-config file

This an advanced option. If you want to disable all the WordPress updates including the minor and major core updates then add this code to the wp-config.php file:

define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, false );

If you want to enable the minor and major both the automatic updates then add the below code:

define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, true );

If you want to restore to default value i.e to enable the WordPress installation only for the minor updates then use the below code line:

define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, ‘minor’ );

Using the WP-config method is better for larger websites with a lot of plugins, as using plugins can weigh down the page speed of Wordpress website depending on the complexity of any plugin.


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