Support » Requests and Feedback » WordPress auto-updates… please give us the OPTION.

  • I am the designer of, and administrator for, well over 100 WordPress sites of all different stripes. Many of them are complex, employing dozens of plugins and customized themes.

    In the past, I could hold off on upgrading until I could make sure that all plugins and themes were compatible, and upgrade when I was ready.

    I could also wait until any bugs in a release were worked out.

    The latest 3.8.2 to 3.8.3 upgrade being a perfect example. 3.8.2 introduced bugs, which necessitated 3.8.3. And I had no choice in the matter (that is, unless I want to go edit a whole boatload of wp-config files and manually decommission auto-updates.) And I had two sites go south with the 3.8.2 update, which cause me to spend hours looking for problems.

    I’m begging you… please either stop the auto-updates, or give the admin the option of auto-upgrade in the dashboard.

    Thanks for listening.

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  • Moderator Andrew Nevins

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    I am the designer of, and administrator for, well over 100 WordPress sites of all different stripes.

    Why can’t you configure the updates yourself?

    The only way to configure the updates is to go in and manually edit the wp-config file for each and every site – or install another plugin to disable auto-updates.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Configuring_Automatic_Background_Updates

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    Yes, what’s wrong with those options?

    Do YOU want to go in and manually edit the wp-config files for over a hundred sites, not to mention every new site you build, just because someone decided they’d take the decision out of your hands?

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    Don’t you have to edit the files of those hundreds of sites anyway for general website maintenance?

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    I wouldn’t exactly enjoy it, but it would be my responsibility.

    I appreciate that you volunteer here, but do you actually do wordpress work? You almost never have to edit core wordpress files.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    I think you misread what I said.

    “Don’t you have to edit the files of those hundreds of sites anyway for general website maintenance?”

    And the answer is NO… not EVER. I’ve had to edit MAYBE 3 wp-config files in as many years.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    Oh I think it’s just I have a different idea on what a core WordPress file is, but say if you have to edit a theme file on those hundred websites, what would be different by editing the wp-config file?

    That would be by CHOICE… when I want to customize something. (And even then, I can edit the theme file from within the dashboard.)

    And most of the time, I can make a theme adjustment in the dashboard, without having to edit a theme file…something not available to us with the auto-update – which, if you re-read my initial post, is what I’m asking for.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

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    which, if you re-read my initial post, is what I’m asking for.

    I did understand you wanted the option to auto-update in core, but I just wanted to discuss it, which it seems you do not.

    I am discussing it with you! ??????

    I do think we should have a simple option to opt out here. I object very strongly to having an outside agent re-writing files on my personal computer without my permission – localhost in this case. That’s an ethical matter too. I’m not against auto-updates – with the user’s permission. It is hard enough trying to keep Google etal out of my files these days and automatic updates can become an invasion of privacy when imposed. If I want to upgrade I will, but I like to test first as I do development work too. Are you 100% sure a hacker won’t get into this update system one day? Nanny doesn’t always know best and she deleted some code I’d written on my own computer for my own use.

    PS the plugins don’t work – see the plugin pages – only hard coding the config seems to work. I lost my code relying on a plugin to stop updates (twice).

    Good morning.
    I completely agree with IAmediaworks and JustinOtherOne.
    IAmediaworks has exposed the problem perfectly.
    And I also think it’s a serious intrusion on my personal computer without my permission.
    I could not believe it!
    Please stop the auto-updates, or give the admin the option of auto-upgrade in the dashboard.

    Thank you very much

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