How Can You Enable Automatic Updates For WordPress Plugins
March 25th, 2017 | by Ravi Chahar || 4 Comments |
It’s no new topic to talk about. WordPress users are always recommended to keep its core, plugins and the themes updated.
It’s because of the security purpose and many other aspects. If you’re a regular WordPress user then it won’t be a problem. You can easily update plugins and themes manually.
But when you don’t really have the time to manage your WordPress website then it’s better to enable automatic updates for WordPress plugins.
You wouldn’t want to create any vulnerability.
Manually Enable Automatic Updates.
There are many plugins which get updated weekly or monthly. The updates may include any bug fix, more resources, better functionality.
There are two ways, either you add a code in the functions.php file of your WordPress theme or use another plugin to control the updates.
To add the code, you have to edit the functions.php. It can be done by navigating to Appearance>>Editor>>functions.php file.
Add this line in the file and save.
You have successfully enabled the automatic plugin updates. From now, whenever any update is available for any plugin, it will automatically get updated.
But a few WordPress users asked to choose the plugin which should be automatically updated or not. For that, you have to use a plugin.
How To Enable Automatic Updates For Specific Plugins?
You can choose which plugin should be updated automatically. To do that, you have to install and activate Automatic Plugin updates plugin.
After installation, go to Settings>>Automatic Plugin Updates and a list of all the installed plugins will be showing.
You can check the box and choose the enabled option from below. If you don’t want any plugin to get updated automatically then you don’t need to check the box.
After your final decision, you should save the settings.
NOTE : If you use this plugin then you don’t need to add the above-mentioned code.
You can use only one method at a time.
From now onwards only selected plugins will get updated automatically.
Will You Use The Manual Method or The Plugin?
People have their own preferences and you can’t force them to adopt your method. If you’re a WordPress beginner and afraid of adding the code in the theme file then use the second method.
Though it’s the matter of your choice whether you enable the updates for all the plugins or some selected but still it’s recommended to use the first method.
You would be happy to know that you enable automatic updates in WordPress for the big releases.
All the plugins should be updated. Can you now enable automatic updates for WordPress plugins? If you face any problem, feel free to drop a comment.