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SiteGround AutoUpdate Tool Tutorial

SiteGround AutoUpdate Tool Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to use the WordPress Autoupdate tool developed by SiteGround to keep your WordPress sites always safe and up-to-date.

WordPress Autoupdate Overview

In the home page, you can find information about the latest available WordPress version. To check the WordPress version for a particular domain name, use the drop-down menu under Autoupdate Status.

Important! All WordPress applications installed via App Installer or the SiteGround Getting Started Wizard will be listed in the tool by default. If you want to add another installation, you can do it from the link at the bottom of the page.

Update Before Scheduled Time

To update your WordPress version before the scheduled time, simply go to your Site Tools > WordPress > Autoupdate and select Update Now.

WordPress Autoupdate Settings

In the Autoupdate Settings, you can control how soon after a new version is released you’d like to get your WordPress autoupdated, and whether the plugins in your installation should be updated together with the main WordPress update.

You can set different update intervals for WordPress minor or major releases. Minor releases include security improvements and bug fixes and we recommend the immediate update for these. Major releases introduce functionality updates and more significant changes. Default settings in the tool are an immediate update for minor releases and 24 hours for major releases.

If the plugin update option is enabled, on each WordPress update we perform, we will check if your plugins are up-to-date too and if not, we will update them.

Backup Restoration

If any issues with your website occur due to the automatic update feature, you can always restore your site to its state before the update. WordPress Autoupdate stores a backup of your website each time it performs an automatic update. If something goes wrong, select your site and go to the Last Backup.

Skip or Disable the Autoupdate

Having an updated WordPress website is crucial for your security and this is why we don’t recommend skipping updates. If you insist to do it, though, you can skip scheduled updates in the interval between the time when the new version is released and your scheduled autoupdate. This would allow you to make sufficient tests before moving forward with the update. Doing this will skip only the current update but not the upcoming ones, so eventually, if a new version is rolled out, you will need to skip it as well.

Note that if you do not see the “Skip current update” button, your website is not yet scheduled for update and won’t be updated by our Autoupdate system. You’ll receive an email when your website is scheduled for update.

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