How to Disable Automatic Background Updates In WordPress

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The following process works with all WordPress versions after version 3.7. Also, turning off Automatic Background Updates is strongly discouraged.

Again, turning off Automatic Background Updates is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. Doing so means that WordPress will not automatically update whenever a new minor release or updated translation files are available. Perhaps try adding automatic updating for WordPress Core instead: Enabling Automatic Background Updates for WordPressCore

Disabling Automatic Background Updates via wp-config.php

Once more, this is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. We’d much rather have you enable automatic background updates for major releases of WordPress core!

Per WordPress:

The core developers made a conscious decision to enable automatic updates for minor releases and translation files out of the box. Going forward, this will be one of the best ways to guarantee your site stays up to date and secure and, as such, disabling these updates is strongly discouraged.

For a refresher on editing files with vim see: New User Tutorial: Overview of the Vim Text Editor

Navigate to your root WordPress directory (in this case: /home/example/public_html) and edit the wp-config.php file:

vim wp-config.php


vim /home/example/public_html/wp-config.php

Add the following to the file:

/* Disable Automatic Background Updates for WordPress */

In this case, I added the above code just above:

/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

Then exit and save the file with the command :wq .

But really, are you sure you wouldn’t rather enable automatic background updates for major releases of WordPress core?

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