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automatic updates (11 posts)

  1. aparker48
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    I just received an email that my WordPress site was automatically updated to 3.8.2. I specifically turned off ANY and ALL automatic anything on my site. I have extensive coding that is dependent on specific versions of WP. I manually update every time I notice they are available, but I test extensively on a development environment prior to uploading to my production site. Where have I FAILED to cancel this automatic site crasher? This is the first time this has happened and I have versions dating back to 3.0.3.

  2. Tara
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Are you saying your 3.0.3. got automatically updated?

    If yes, there was no such feature in 3.03!

  3. jckbco
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    aparker, I'd like to know how too. And, I'd also like to know where you found ANY settings to turn off... I'd like to do the same. This is an terrible feature that causes all kinds of issues with plugins. Really bad assumption on the part of WP that people want the latest version as soon as it comes out!

    Tara, not helpful!

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 months ago #

    @jckbco: It is considered impolite to interrupt another poster's ongoing thread unless you are posting a solution or suggestion. As per the Forum Welcome, please post your own topic.

  5. aparker48
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    @Tara: No yesterday is the first time it has ever happened. I manually update using FTP in order to preserve my security. I did not want to open up my site to permissions that would allow just anyone access to my server.

    @jckbco: Exactly! That is one of the biggest security holes I have ever seen. Maybe it has always been there but this is on the fringe of being enough to drive me away from WP. This better get plugged quickly!

    @esmi: Thank you. As I said to @jckbco, this is time-critical for me. I will have to find another solution to WP if this isn't fixed and I really do not relish the thought of upsetting this applecart.

  6. jckbco
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    esmi, I don't understand your comment. I am asking the same question, and additionally asking the OP what they did to attempt to turn this feature off.

    @aparker48 I found this helpful post (which also contains a great discussion on why this is a poor choice for WP to make, that is an interesting read)
    http://make.wordpress.org/core/2013/10/25/the-definitive-guide-to-disabling-auto-updates-in-wordpress-3-7/
    Is this what you were referring to when you mentioned that you have taken steps to stop auto updates?

  7. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 months ago #

    @jckbco: These forums have guidelines. Please read them. As you will see, one of these guidelines - entitled Where to Post - specifically states:

    Unless you are using the same version of WordPress on the same physical server hosted by the same hosts with the same plugins, theme & configurations as the original poster, do not post in someone else's thread. Start your own topic.

    Please abide by this.

  8. Tara
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Automatic background updates were introduced in WordPress 3.7
    which, can be manually configured as explained in this codex guide:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Configuring_Automatic_Background_Updates

  9. aparker48
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    @esmi: @jckbco raises a point for clarification, although contrary to the forum rules, but valid nonetheless. I did use a similar article with very similar bullet-points. I have two major issues with automatic updates:

    1. security - the ability to write to my servers' hard drive with permissions set to prevent it. I would LOVE to know how you override my security
    2. major issues with 3rd party and personal plugins and widgets. This update apparently has not caused an issue, but 3.5.1 took out my contact form, my picture slider, a series of widgets I use to display class schedules, etc. I had to re-install 3.5.0 and spend a week on my development environment finding all the problems and fixing them. This update happened when I was home, but I have gotten notices several times when I was out of town.
  10. aparker48
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    @Tara: THANKS! Steps in the right direction. I am aware of these, and have my wp-config.php file with:

    define( 'AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED', true );

    According to documentation, that should prohibit WP from updating anything, or at least that was my understanding. Am I mis-interpreting?

  11. Tara
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    That's what the codex says. I have no idea as to why it did not prohibit WP from auto updating!

    May be someone who knows the reason can chimein.

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