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How to use the Add-on Auto Updater

As the name implies, the Add-on Auto Updater will automatically apply updates for WordPress plugins and Joomla extensions.

Features

Here are the main benefits of the Add-on Auto Updater:

  • You choose the add-ons that will automatically update on a per-site basis.
  • Add-ons will automatically update on a regular basis (hourly) without further intervention.
  • Once applied, updates will be noted in your site logs. 
  • Add-ons can be added/removed from the auto update list as needed.
  • Both free and paid add-ons are supported

These features allow you to be very careful and exact in rolling out the use of this feature. 

Limitations

The Add-on Auto Updater has the following limitations:

  • The Add-on Auto Updater is not aware of the backup status of a particular site. Updates will be automatically applied regardless of backup status.
  • The Add-on Auto Updater does not perform any post-update site checks to determine is the appearance or functionality of your site has been changed by the update(s). 
  • There is no list of all the sites that are using the Add-on Auto Updater. 
  • There is no list of all the add-ons that are being used by the Add-on Auto Updater. 
  • There is no way to whitelist add-ons so that they are always in the Add-on Auto Updater list.
  • There is no way to blacklist add-ons so that they are never in the Add-on Auto Updater list.

What add-ons are safe to auto update? 

We built this feature so that decisions regarding "safe" add-ons would be left to the only expert regarding your websites: you. 

We recommend starting with the most trusted plugins/extensions on sites that are backed up regularly and are the the most stable. We did ask Watchful users what add-ons they felt safe auto updating. Not surprisingly, the most popular add-ons are also the ones people trust most. Here is a summary of the Joomla extensions that Watchful users are interested to auto-update:

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Getting Started

1. Login to your Watchful dashboard.

2. Ensure that you have regular backups scheduled for your websites. The backup schedule should match the frequency with which content is added to your sites. For example, busy E-commerce sites may need to be backed up every few hours. Active blogs typically require daily backups. Brochure websites may only need weekly/monthly backups.

3. Open the site drawer of one of your sites by clicking the site name.

4. In the drawer, locate and click the Updater button.

5. In the list of add-ons, select the the Enable Auto Update button next to the desired add-on (see image above).

Removing an add-on from the Auto Updater

1. Locate the site with an auto-updating WordPress plugin/Joomla extension.

2. Open the site drawer of one of your sites by clicking the site name.

3. In the drawer, locate and click the Plugins/Extensions list link.

4. Locate the desired add-on and click the Disable Auto Updates button.

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