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  • I have a number of sites running wordpress, all set to do core updates automatically. The updates are in fact happening. BUT, not all of the sites are running the same, latest, version. Yesterday I received a batch of emails from various wp installs, all saying the same thing: “Howdy! Your site at [thedomain].com has been updated automatically to WordPress [worpress version number]
    The version numbers in these emails were:

    • 3.9.8
    • 4.0.7
    • 4.1.7
    • 4.2.4

    Is there a reason they are not ALL on 4.2.4?


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  • Moderator t-p


    Thanks Tara, that’s good info – but it still leaves me wondering why they would all get updates on the same day, but not the same update. Also, it seems like what I would want is minors plus majors, but not development updates (“bleeding edge” is not where I want to be). But that option is not one of the ones shown. Do I have to manually do all major updates?

    Automatic updates will only update you to minor versions. For example; 3.9.7 -> 3.9.8, however it won’t update from 3.9->4.0. These updates still need to happen manually.

    The security patches are often released for multiple major versions of WordPress, which is why you’re seeing a wide variety of version strings. 3.9.8, 4.0.7, 4.1.7 and 4.2.4 are all the same patch, being applied to 3.9, 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 respectively.

    Thanks, Shane

    So, looking only at my 4xx sites – can I assume that those less than 4.2.4 will get to 4.2.4 eventually, but meanwhile a patch has been done because it’s quicker and urgent?

    Your 4.0.x and 4.1.x sites will need to be manually updated to 4.2. 4.2.x websites will be automatically updated to 4.2.4

    The automatic updates are pushed, as you said, because it’s the fastest possible way to secure the millions WordPress sites out there.

    Thanks again, Shane, good explanation. I will get after the laggards.

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