How to Enable Automatic Updates for WordPress Plugins

How to Automatically Update WordPress Plugins
Renea Bedford

After saving the changes, WordPress will automatically update all plugins when there are new versions available for download. You don’t have to do a thing. Although this might sound practical, it might be dangerous to enable automatic updates for all of your plugins. Some may break your site completely, some will cause compatibility issues, and those plugins that you have customized will overwrite everything you’ve done. So, if you have those kinds of plugins that you don’t want to update automatically, you will be interested in enabling automatic updates only for specific plugins.

How to enable automatic updates for WordPress plugins and themes in Plesk
Dianne Hodges

@Anton, My customer’s preferences should take priority.  If they have configured their own WordPress installations with their preferences, those preferences should be respected (instead of WordPress Toolkit disabling their configured auto-updates).  I, however, still want to see the state of the instances on the server and be able to mitigate issues, on demand, so I don’t want to disable WordPress Toolkit.

Kristyn Barrios

Great tutorial as always! As a Designer, when I log into a blog and see there are many plugins that haven’t been updated, I cringe. This could be a good tool for some. However, as you know, sometimes when a plugin updates it can cause conflicts with our theme and/or other plugins. This is why I wouldn’t enable auto plugins. If a plugin auto updated and conflicted with something on my site and took it down, I may not be able to react fast enough to bring my site back up, thus possibly causing me missed opportunities.

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