Quickly Enable Auto-Updates for All Your Favorite Software
We’ll look back on 2020 as the year that auto-updates really became mainstream for open source CMSs.
This change has been coming for some time. WordPress has provided auto-updating for minor versions since 2013. However, the pace of change has really accelerated in recent months:
- October 2019: Auto-updates for both WordPress and Joomla launch on Watchful.
- August 2020: Auto-updates arrive for plugins and themes with WordPress 5.5.
- December 2020: Auto-updates for all WordPress core updates are due with WordPress 5.6.
But we know your websites are often critically important, so we’re building the tools to give you extra confidence in the auto-updates. For example, you can force auto-updates to run on your schedule, so there are no surprises on weekends or vacations.
We’re also making it easier to enable auto-updates for software you trust. Here’s a new change this week that makes it easier to enable auto-updates for some software:
- Go to
Auto Updaterin your Watchful admin menu.
- Click the
- You can now search for and choose any software on your sites.
You’ll see a countdown as Watchful enables auto-updates for this software on all your sites:
We hope all these tools are making you more comfortable about using auto-updates. You can expect a lot more of these improvements before WordPress goes all-in on auto-updates in December. Don’t forget that you can skip updates if you don’t have a fresh backup. Watchful is here to make sure that auto-updates are a safe and useful feature for your sites.