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How To Disable Automatic Updates In WordPress

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Are you wanting to avoid automatic updates on your WordPress site to prevent any issues down the road? Despite the security bonuses, there is a small chance for these updates to break your website. In this video, we’ll show you how to disable automatic updates on your WordPress site.

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For this tutorial we will be using the Easy Updates Manager plugin which you can download below:

With the plugin installed and activated you should be able to go under Dashboard, Updates Options to start specifying what you allow to be automatically updated or not on your site. For WordPress itself, we recommend allowing minor version updates to prevent security issues that those patches resolve.

The plugin keeps a log of what is updated on the site and gives you the option to rollback to a previous update should any update on your site cause an issue. There are further options available in the pro version of the plugin.

Should you not want to use a plugin you can add a code snippet to your site, you can find the snippet in our article below:

You would add the code for the WordPress core updates to your wp-config.php file and the other two updates would be added in your theme’s functions.php file. The danger with this method would be that any theme updates or changes in theme would require you to add the code again.

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Mazi has nine years of web development experience with the past five years spent honing his skills with WordPress plugins and themes. He's an expert in WooCommerce and is the author of the Simple Sales Tax plugin, a popular sales tax compliance solution for WooCommerce. Brett understands the importance of excellent communication, prides himself on producing high-quality code, and is comfortable working solo or as part of a team.

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