How to safely update WordPress plugins in bulk using this new feature
There is only one way to safely update plugins on your WordPress site: make sure that you have a recent backup handy before you start! Today we released a new
update fresh feature for the
Update fresh will cut maintenance time significantly while giving you the confidence to process plugin updates across many sites at once.
What is the
bulk updater is a popular site maintenance tool at Watchful that lists all available plugin updates across all of the websites you manage. This list of updates also contains tools for updating the plugins either individually or in bulk.
Updates listed in the
bulk updater can also be filtered by site or by plugin name. This makes it a popular tool to use when performing updates across many sites at once.
As shown in this preview, we’ve filtered the list of updates to
Yoast SEO and five websites need updates.
proceed with caution
About two years ago we launched a new feature called
stale backup detection. It was designed to notify Watchful users when one of their websites had an outdated backup.
Importantly, you can select the age at which a backup becomes stale on a per-site basis.
In the bulk updater, we used the backup status to color-code both the
update all and individual
update buttons. As shown above, a yellow-colored
update` button indicates that the backup is stale for the site on which the update will be applied.
update all button means that at least one site has a stale backup.
Safely update WordPress plugins
To safely update WordPress plugins in the
bulk updater, we have added an
update fresh button. When this button is clicked, updates will only be applied if the site they are installed on has a fresh backup.
This also applies if the updates list has been filtered. Continuing the example above, if the list is filtered for
Yoast SEO, only those updates will be applied (again, if a fresh back is present). This is indicated below by the green
Note that the yellow
update buttons remain. These updates were not applied as the backups on those sites are stale.
Completed updates for Yoast SEO on three websites with fresh backups.
Use Watchful to update your sites
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