How To Enable / Disable WordPress Version Auto Upgrade

If you have a WordPress website, you may find your website always automatically upgrade to newer version. This has both advantage and disadvantages. The advantage is that it can make your website update to date to avoid security issue. But the disadvantage is that if you have installed WordPress plugins which is not compatible with the new WordPress version, then it maybe influence your website performance. So the best way is to make your WordPress website popup an alert message to you when there is a new version is ready, and then you can install it manually after you test all your installed plugins.

1. Enable / Disable WordPress Website Auto Upgrade Steps.

  1. First you should use a ftp client ( such as FileZilla client) to log in and connect to your WordPress website home directory ( for example /public_html ) in your web server.
  2. Then you can find wp-config.php file in above home directory.
  3. Right click wp-config.php file and click View/Edit menu item in the popup menu list.
    view or edit wp-config php file in filezilla
  4. Now it will open the file in a local text file editor, add code define('WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false);at the end of this file.
  5. Close this file and it will popup a dialog which let you upload it to the server.
  6. If you want to confirm the changes, you can download and view the file content again.
  7. Now when there is a new WordPress version which can be upgraded, you can see the alert message when you login your WordPress admin website dashboard.
    wordpress website new version upgrade alert message
  8. If you want to make your WordPress website upgrade to new version automatically, you can add code define('WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true);at the end of wp-config.php file. Then the new version is available message will not be shown because your WordPress will install the new version automatically.
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