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  • rfollett


    so in my theme folder I have located the fuctions.php file and added:

    add_filter( ‘auto_update_plugin’, ‘__return_true’ );

    BUT my plugins dont auto update, what have i done wrong?

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  • JNashHawkins


    I don’t know… I’m very leery of auto updates myself. You might try placing a space before and after the ‘__return_true’.

    But maybe that’s a good thing. A broken update can kill a website… and that could happen at the wrong time of day… or when you’re ‘at the beach’… having fun.

    I’m not a fan of auto updates.



    sure I understand but if you have 30 wp sites and I dont want to have to keep logging in and updating manually, there must be a better way…i do have spaces , just the cut & paste lost them… thank you



    Okay, I just noticed the spaces missing and wondered if that clobbered that thing. You can also do some of that via wp-config but I think there’s some important caveats to doing that.


    There are a couple ‘maintenance dashboards’ that might help ease the burden on some of that maintenance work.

    Managed WP and Updraft Central are two I use together inside of a WordPress install I have that’s setup to automatically ‘call up’ each of my client sites daily… one at a time in a new tab.

    That’s the dashboards I use to ‘ignore most all the updates’ and catch the sites being down when my clients insist on auto updates. <GRIN>

    Jetpack is also somewhat useful but their uptime checking triggers a lot of false positives.

    I also run a cron task from a commercial site for many of my sites… if they are down they will trigger a ‘red flag’ there. I mentioned that as you might want to trigger automatic updates from a crontask to control that better. I don’t know how, off the top of my head, but maybe via the Command Line Interface or some plugin.

    Just some ideas… I get this way late when I start getting sleepy. Rambling!

    Sawai Singh


    its so simple add this code in your theme’s functions.php page or any specific plugin.
    add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_true' );



    Please read my post! I have added that line of code in the correct place many months ago…. with the correct spacing… it does not work… my question is why????

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