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Posted on February 13, 2020

WordPress 101: Tips, Tricks, & Hacks

WordPress is popular all across the internet for many things. If there’s one thing that defines the user experience of WordPress, then that has to be convenient. WordPress as a Content Management System is an absolute powerhouse that makes everything easier. 

For example, WordPress offers automated updates to your website. No other free & open-source Content Management System offers this functionality. Automated Updates not only provide the utmost convenience, but also the best cyber-security. With automated updates, a WordPress website owner can rest tension-free knowing their plugins, themes, etc. are all up-to-date. 

WordPress began rolling out automated updates in WordPress 3.7. This was done to encourage old and new users alike to adopt more secure online habits. WordPress automated updates, in its default setting, is only restricted to minor update patches. But sometimes WordPress may automatically bypass this fail safe and go ahead with larger update sizes. For example, some core PHP updates, theme updates, etc.    

Now WordPress automated updates are a brilliant feature for safety and convenience. But sometimes it can also harm your website. If you use the YOAST SEO plugin on your WordPress website, then you might be aware of the fact that it automatically updates your site every week.

Sudden and unplanned updates can be risky as they put your website’s structure under threat. Add to this the fact that the majority of automated updates take place when the website is not being supervised by site owners or developers. Due to this lack of supervision, there is a high chance that the update may break something on your WordPress website. 

Therefore in our experience, you should stay vigilant for new updates and disable automatic updates on your WordPress website. To help you do this super easy, we bring to you a quick and simple hack that disables automated plugin updates. 

NOTE: Please remember to only disable your automated WordPress plugins, when you know doing so won’t compromise your website’s security.  

To disable Automated Plugin Updates add the following code snippet to your functions file: 

remove_action( 'load-update-core.php', 'wp_update_plugins' );

add_filter( 'pre_site_transient_update_plugins', create_function( '$a', "return null;" ) );

 


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