Automatically update WordPress plugins! …using another plugin

By | March 5, 2015

Introduction

WordPress plugins need updates often, mostly because of security issues. Personally, I have never been in a situation where I didn’t want to update my plugins. Most plugin updates are minor, and often you won’t be able to tell the difference before and after updating. Sounds like this should be automated!

If you have multiple sites that all run multiple plugins, the solution presented in this article will definitely help you save a lot of time and annoyance.

 

 

Installing the plugin

The plugin we’re going to install for this purpose, is called ‘Advanced Automatic Updates’ by the Penta.

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You can immediately activate the plugin by clicking ‘Activate Plugin’:

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The plugin is now installed and running with the default settings. To automatically update plugins, you need to edit these settings.

To access the plugin settings, click ‘Settings’.

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Alternatively, you can access this page by clicking ‘Settings’ in the left sidebar, and then clicking ‘Advanced Automatic Updates’.

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Plugin settings

To activate automatic updates for plugins, check the box in front of ‘Update your plugins automatically’, and click ‘Save Changes’.

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Done! No more manual updating required!

Note that the plugin updates aren’t exactly instant, but they will happen automatically.

3 thoughts on “Automatically update WordPress plugins! …using another plugin

  1. Eoinmc

    Hey, that’s quite useful. I hadn’t spotted that before. While I have you – is there any chance that wordpress or someone else could add a plugin to your site. I just noticed two plugins on my site that I have no memory of adding? I was notified by my provider that there might be a a page loading problem because of plugins and when I checked I saw these two plugins that didn’t mean anything to me….????

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    1. GuidoGuido Post author

      Not that I know of, Eoin. However, usually, some plugins are pre-installed with WordPress.

      What are these specific plugins called? I might have heard of them before, and therefore, be able to tell you what to do with them.

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  2. Kylie

    I keep seeing plugin updates on WordPress and I either ignore or just update them. I didn’t have any idea they could be for security purposes. Thanks for the information.:)

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