Our WordPress Autoupdate Just Got Better

WordPress Autoupdates Just Got Better

If you have a WordPress website and you’re a SiteGround customer, you’re most likely taking advantage of the SiteGround WordPress autoupdate service. Having your WordPress installation up-to-date is crucial for a stable and secure website. To make autoupdates hassle-free, we have developed our own WordPress Autoupdate Tool, which is included in all SiteGround hosting plans.

The tool just got upgraded with some new useful features:

More control of your autoupdate schedule

The WordPress Autoupdate Tool now supports autoupdate scheduling at different intervals after a new WordPress release is available. You can choose whether you want to get a new WordPress version scheduled for an update immediately after release or set an interval of 24, 48 and 72 hours after. With any postponed autoupdate option, you will also get an email notifying you of the upcoming autoupdate. 

The best thing is that you can specify different update schedule depending on the type of WordPress release available for an update - minor (security and bug fixes) or major (WordPress core updates). The default update schedule for minor security updates is immediately after release and for major core updates - 24 hours.

Have in mind that if there's a critical vulnerability discovered, which can only be fixed with a security update, we may update your WordPress regardless of your settings. The vulnerability fixes do not affect functionality, thus your site should be safe.

Plugin update option

You can also specify whether you want to update your plugins along with the new release or only update the WordPress installation. Note that premium plugins may not be updated due to their specific update mechanisms, key validation, etc.

Backup included for an extra peace of mind

We make a full WordPress backup before any update - major or minor. If a plugin or a theme you have doesn’t work with the new version or something goes wrong, you can easily restore to the version you had before the update.

For detailed instructions how to use the tool please see our WordPress Autoupdate Tutorial.

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  1. Reply March 17, 2018 / 07:13 satrixSiteGround Team

    great information and awesome update

  2. Reply May 19, 2018 / 06:54 christopher samSiteGround Team


  3. Reply May 21, 2018 / 05:14 WE WP YOUSiteGround Team

    Great blog about WordPress auto update..thanks for sharing, keep updating.

  4. Reply June 22, 2018 / 12:31 Lisa NormanSiteGround Team

    I'm curious - on the smaller plans that have to pay for the restore, do they still have to pay if it is restored due to a WordPress update problem?

    • Reply June 25, 2018 / 01:06 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      There's a separate backup done right before the update, which is free for restoration.

  5. Reply June 26, 2018 / 15:15 Aki @Lightsome Solutions LtdSiteGround Team

    This is really great news, hats up to you!

  6. Reply July 3, 2018 / 08:43 PhilSiteGround Team

    This is indeed a cool feature. It's great to know that my client's sites will be updated, even if they ignore all the update notifications (which a lot of them do!)

    I hope you're ready for lots of fun when all hosted sites update to WP 5.0 with Gutenberg 😀

    • Reply July 4, 2018 / 00:37 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      I guess 5.0 will be a very special release and we will do an exception for it in our system, still contemplating on that...

  7. Reply July 7, 2018 / 09:48 RiptaSiteGround Team

    This is really great news thanks

  8. Reply July 9, 2018 / 07:07 IanSiteGround Team

    Please set plugins to 'off' by default - auto updates has broken a couple of sites where we manage updates.

    • Reply July 9, 2018 / 07:16 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Our goal for the AutoUpdate system is to have by default everyone using tha latest possible software. I am sorry that in your case that caused issues. Note, that you can disable plugin updates during WordPress udpates at any time for each installation.

  9. Reply August 28, 2018 / 13:04 MarcelaSiteGround Team

    SiteGround is simply fantastic. I've gone from being terrified and ignorant of the world of websites, to having 3 self hosted accounts (on SiteGround) and now I am making my own website with my own premium wordpress theme. i feel so confident to do things myself now because I know SiteGround is there to support me if I get stuck. I love your service and won't tire of telling everyone about it! many thanks!

    • Reply August 29, 2018 / 00:26 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      Thanks for the kind words!

  10. Reply September 27, 2018 / 00:54 UldisSiteGround Team

    Thank you very much for one more good feature. Happy customer ; )

  11. Reply February 12, 2019 / 12:05 JerrySiteGround Team

    Here we are in 2019 just getting up to date with this great service - really appreciate it. However, being newcomers to all this how do we decide whether to allow plug-ins to update or not. Is there a standard protocol we can follow? Thanks

    • Reply February 15, 2019 / 01:48 Hristo PandjarovSiteGround Team

      In cPanel -> WordPress AutoUpdate you will find a switch you can enable that will update your plugins when WP itself is updated.

  12. Reply March 13, 2019 / 07:59 ChrisSiteGround Team

    Thanks for the extra touches like this... miles ahead of my previous host. So glad I switched!

  13. Reply October 6, 2019 / 07:19 Bhaskar PaulanSiteGround Team

    That's awesome news guys!

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