WordPress 3.7 was just recently released and with it comes a new feature that allows WordPress to automatically update itself without any user input. The feature is there to help improve security and provide stability for websites using WordPress. WordPress will only automatically update itself when there’s a minor update / security release available. For example, it will automatically update to version 3.7.1 minor release.
For major upgrade like 3.8, users will have to approve and manually upgrade. The feature is great, but what if you don’t want it? Maybe you want to make sure all updates were approved or you might want to disable some plugins before upgrading. Well, this brief tutorial is going to show you how to disable the automatic updater starting with WordPress 3.7.
It is highly recommend that your upgrade WordPress as soon as possible when new updates are available. However, you’re also encouraged to backup and prepare your sites before upgrading WordPress. For those using Managed hosting, this is usually done for them. They don’t have to worry about updating WordPress themselves. If you manage your site yourself, then this is for you.
To get started with disabling WordPress automatic updater, simple go to your web root directory and open wp-config.php file. Right before the last line, add this code and save it.
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define( 'AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED', true );
Doing this will disable WordPress automatic updater but you’ll still be notified when there are updates available. You can then manually upgrade at your own convenience.
If you’re using Cpanel, you should open File Manager / Explorer and open the root folder. Then look for wp-config.php file. Next, edit and and at line above and save it. That’s it!
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