How to Update WordPress and Plugins Automatically

Manually maintaining an array of WordPress plugins and core WordPress updates can be a hassle, especially if you have multiple websites to manage. Fortunately there are methods for automating updates on your WordPress websites.

Backing Up

Before automating updates we recommended that you have a backup system in place just in case an update causes your website to fall over. To ensure you have a recent restore point there are solutions such as BackupBuddy to automate WordPress backups.

Plugin: Advanced Automatic Updates

Advanced Automatic Updates is a free plugin that adds extra options to WordPress’ built-in Automatic Updates feature. On top of security updates, it also supports installing major releases, plugins and themes.

  1. Install and Activate Advanced Automatic Updates via your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Advanced Automatic Updates.
  3. To enable automatic updates for all core, plugin and theme updates check:
    • Major versions.
    • Minor and security versions.
    • Update your plugins automatically.
    • Update your themes automatically.
  4. Click Save Changes. When new updates are detected they should be downloaded and installed automatically.
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