“How do I auto-update WordPress plugins and themes?”, “Which plugins are available to auto-update my plugins and themes?” Users ask questions like these very often. And why not, as the plugins and themes updates are so frequent.
If you run a small website with 5 to 10 plugins, you can do it manually without any problems. But imagine if you’re running a big e-commerce website or a popular blogging website with more than 30 plug-ins. It’s going to be a tiring job to update each of these plugins and themes.
Updating plugins and themes is very important. The latest updates provide performance improvements to your plugins and theme, add the latest features and fix any issues.
The auto-update has been added with WordPress 3.7. With this release, you can configure the wp-config.php file to allow automatic WordPress updates.
In this blog, we will talk about 7 WordPress auto-update plugins that can handle updates of your plugins, themes, and WordPress core automatically. Such plugins are also useful when you’re busy with other activities and can’t access the site.
Check each of these plugins to choose the best plugin for your website.
The Auto Updater plugin can handle all your updates for plugins, themes & WordPress core updates. It’s an open-source plugin with over 6000 active installs.
Auto Updater checks every 12 hours for updates. Updates will then be downloaded automatically.
- Easy to setup
- Enable or disable auto-update for plugins, themes & WordPress major updates
- The changelog shows all the update details of the theme and plugins
Companion Auto Update plugin is one of the most popular auto-update plugins on our list. It has over 60,000 active installs. This plugin allows the background auto-updating for all plugins, themes and WordPress core (major and minor).
- Control auto-update for plugins, themes, WordPress core (major and minor updates)
- Email notifications (when updates available & updates finished)
- Disable auto-update for certain plugins
- Scheduling updates for updating and notifications
- Update log to check updates history
Simple plugin to auto-update plugins, themes, and core WordPress updates. It has over 1,000 active installs.
- No settings required
- Just install and activate
- Auto-update themes, plugins and WordPress core updates
Easy Update Manager is another popular plugin with over 2,00,000 active installs. You can configure it from the WordPress dashboard Updates Options. The main button to enable or disable all updates in this plugin. It comes with a long list of options for configuration.
- Manually enable or disable updates for WordPress core, plugins, themes, translation
- Updates related Email notifications (Multiple Email addresses can be added)
- Enable or disable WordPress version in the footer
- Enable or disable updates for individual plugins & themes
- Logs to check the history of all updates
- Exclude users from making changes to the app
- The choice to restore all settings
A simple plugin to automatically update core (major and minor releases), plugins and themes. It has over 10,000 active installs. As the name suggests it’s a simple updater plugin without any customization options.
- Easy install and activation
- Updates WordPress/themes/plugins automatically
- Sends an email notification by default
Updater plugin automatically updates installed plugins, themes, and WordPress website core. It has over 8,000 active installs. Just download, install, configure, and forget about frequent updates, as this will handle all.
The settings panel will be visible after activating the plugin. And you can easily customize its options.
- Enable or disable auto-update from the Settings of the plugin
- You can check or uncheck updates for plugins, themes, WordPress & translations
- Set the custom hours duration to check for updates and download them
- Email notifications (enter multiple emails using commas)
The last plugin in our list is WP Auto Updater, It has over 3,000 active installs. This WordPress plugin helps you to automatically update WordPress Core, Themes, Plugins and Translations. Version control in WordPress Core makes automatic updates safer.
- Gives you the options to auto-update between WordPress minor updates/ major updates etc.
- Choose auto/manual updates for themes, plugins, and translations
- Schedule updates check (twice a day to monthly)
- Manually disable updates for any themes or plugins
We’ve come to the end of the blog post. WordPress Auto-Update plugins can be really helpful while auto-updating themes, plugins, WordPress core, and translations. Hence it can save a lot of our time and effort.
I hope you enjoyed the post. And please feel free to share your favorite auto-update plugins from the list.
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