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risks of auto updating installations? (5 posts)

  1. marksmith85
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Are there any risks to doing auto update WordPress? I mean when you have no plugins, and complex themes active?

    I'm always afraid to update as I'm not sure if my content would be at risk?

  2. catacaustic
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Your content won't be at any risk. The content, menu structure, tags, categories, etc are all stored in the database so when the files are updated they don't touch the database. There are some times when the database does have some updates applied to it, but I've nnver seen that cause any problems in the past.

    The only concern that you would really have is if you've done some updates to a theme that's going to be updated. Unless you're using a child theme to hold your changes they will be over-written and you'll ba back to the default theme again.

  3. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Auto Update (as available at my server CP) does not even work for me, and that is possibly because of some security plugins. But not knowing all the dependencies and interactions anyway, I disabled all plugins and reverted back to the default theme before doing the update at my Dashboard...and had no problem afterward.

  4. Tara
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Manual upating tends to have a much lower failure rate than any automatic install.

    If concerned about "auto updating installations", consider manual update.

  5. catacaustic
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'd also recommend manual updating - at least having you do the updates when they are available, not just having them done automatically. The biggest reason behind this is that I have seen sites down for days before someone reailses that there's something wrong when an update didn't go as expected. On top of that it gives you another reason to do a full backup before anything changes, and the more backups you have the better.

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