Support » Plugin: Easy Updates Manager » Plugin updates only run if WordPress Core updates are turned on

  • Resolved Jeremy Saxey

    (@jr00ck)


    I’m on WP Engine and have checked the wp-config.php file and autoupdates are not turned off there. I turned on auto-updates in the plugin for themes and plugins. But I left WordPress Core updates off because WP Engine handles Core updates for us and in an automated fashion with a script that checks the update worked successfully and all of that. So I want the plugin to handle plugin and theme updates but not Core updates.

    The updates weren’t working and I worked with WP Engine support and they finally found that if they turned on Core updates in the plugin, the all the plugin updates started working. But if Core updates are turned off in the plugin, nothing updates.

    WP Engine seems to think this is a bug in the plugin as the cron doesn’t seem to be running unless the Core updates option is on. Any insight into this issue?

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/stops-core-theme-and-plugin-updates/

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  • Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    I posted on that thread.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    You can keep posting here. Just thought the issue might be related. I’ll investigate the code and get back to you.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    This might be a documentation issue or a misunderstanding.

    Do me a favor. Go to the Advanced Tab and do a Reset. Enable automatic updates of plugins and themes (or choose individual).

    You should be set from there. If you disable Core updates (not automatic core updates), then yes, plugin and theme updates will be disabled.

    Ronald,

    Thanks for the response. So I’ve done what you said and I do see that on the plugin dashboard under “WordPress Updates”, “WordPress Core Updates” are ON by default. The confusing part was that this doesn’t have anything to do with AUTOMATIC updates, correct? So what are those settings doing then? I’m not understanding what the difference is between turning on “Updates” vs “Automatic Updates”

    And if I understand correctly, then this plugin doesn’t have the ability to just auto-update plugins and themes only, and NOT auto-update WordPress Core?

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    Thanks!

    I think I get it now. The “Major Releases”, “Minor Releases”, and “Development Updates” are referring to WordPress Core.

    So you’ve essentially disabled WordPress Core automatic updates with the plugin but allowed Plugin and Theme automatic updates.

    It might be helpful to label that section as “WordPress Core” so it’s clear that “Major Releases” refers to WordPress Core only and not “Major Releases” of plugins. I was a bit confused by that.

    Also, the Global Settings area, I’m guessing the setting for “WordPress Core Updates” that is still enabled there (in your screenshot) is not actually enabling Automatic Updates (since it’s the section below), but just showing that an update is available for WordPress Core (as it states in the italicized text). The confusing part there is why that needs to be enabled for the plugin to work at all??? It’s specifically saying to show WordPress Core Updates or disable showing Core updates. What does that have to do with the plugins or themes?

    Thanks so much for your help. I think I am all set up, but was just giving points of clarification on what all settings are doing.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    Coolio.

    You’re not the only one who is confused, so we’ll revisit some wording. Basically the best documentation is our videos, with some of them a little out of date, but for the most part they are solid.

    Watch at your leisure: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7YF6bIhLLz0HzndENZZAdoh2nJBefTeA

    Thank you. I look forward to a future update with a bit more clarity on the options. We are considering this plugin on dozens of sites that we manage. It would be nice for our staff to be able to immediately understand the plugin without a lot of training/documentation.

    Keep up the good work.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    Thanks! I hope this doesn’t sound brash, but we welcome pull requests also if your dev team wants to contribute.

    We’be been at the same verbage for a year now, and I think some fresh eyes can help with wordage, docs, and a11y.

    If we decide to move beyond the testing phase of this plugin and decide that it will be our tool of choice, then we will be incentivized to improve it 🙂 So we’ll let you know. We’re still at an early phase in this process and need to figure out other pieces of the puzzle on how this would integrate with our larger processes and systems, so it may be a bit before we move forward.

    For now, we are using your plugin on a few test sites and going from there.

    Thanks again.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    Thanks! There are a few maintenance sites that are thinking of using it too, notably wpsitecare.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    My agency (BigWing Interactive) is also considering using it as part of our maintenance plan. VaultPress for backups/security, EUM for updates, and infinitewp for monitoring.

    We also trying to use Easy Updates Manager. We really like the interface and would like it to work but it has not so far.

    We have a locally hosted (our own IT) multisite setup. We have checked the Config file, we can manually initiate an update of any plugin or theme. We have tried resetting the plugin and forcing updates. Nothing happens. Everything is set at default at the moment.

    Where should we look for issues? Not sure where to go now that we have tried the fixes we’re aware of from looking at the forum.

    Plugin Author Ronald Huereca

    (@ronalfy)

    @mdunham do minor core releases work without the plugin? They are by default enabled with no plugin.

    I’m asking because it may be a cron issue as that is what triggers the updates and version checks.

    You can test this out by editing version.php in the wp-includes folder to something like 4.5.1.

    Then use something like https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-crontrol/ to trigger the update crons.

    If WordPress doesn’t update itself after a few minutes, it’s definitely a cron issue.

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