This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.



Automatic upgrades on live sites are, we think most people would agree, a Bad Idea. You can’t test them before they go live; they’ll play havoc with your version control system, if you’re using one; and if they fail or screw up, your live site is broken. Bad. Idea.

Enter Staunch. Staunch makes you stick to best practice for upgrades, by preventing even admins and superadmins from running WordPress’s automatic upgrade processes on your live site.

When you want to upgrade WordPress, you can do so on a local or development install of your site; after you’ve tested it and made sure everything’s okay, you can then deploy the site as you usually would — through version control, FTP, or something else.


  • Install Plugin
  • Activate plugin
  • Place define( 'CAN_UPDATE', true ); in the config file of your development site. Sites that don’t have this line will be prevented from upgrading.

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  • Supports Multisite installs


  • Initial release.