Disable WordPress Automatic Updates

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The wp-config.php file has many interesting features. With this one file you can really fine-tune how your WordPress installation functions.

Many default WordPress settings may be adjusted using the ‘define‘ function. This may save you from having to download a bunch of plugins to manage similar settings. But a word of caution They should only be adjusted if you know what you are doing.

Benefits of Disabling Automatic Updates

By disabling automatic updates to your WordPress installation you help prevent the changes of said update from crashing your website due to a unknown conflict. You can then use a staging server to test the update(s) against your website installation. However, this is not recommended as it may expose you to security risks if you are unable to patch your website against the latest threat(s) in timely order.

In addition, this method will not disable notifications of available updates. It will still prompt you in the administrative backend of your site when there is a new version of WordPress available.


Disable Automatic Updates in WordPress

To disable automatic updates within your WordPress based website add the below code to your “wp-config.php“, above the line that reads /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */



define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );


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