SiteGround Auto-Update Tool Tutorial

Learn How to Auto-Update your WordPress at SiteGround

Important!WordPress 5 has been recently released. As it introduces a brand new editing experience, we apply a custom and more gradual autoupdate plan. It aims to ease the transition process of our users. If your WordPress is not yet auto-updated, and you are eager to start using the new version you can always update manually through the WordPress admin page.

This tutorial explains how to use the WordPress Autoupdate tool developed by SiteGround in order to keep your WordPress sites always safe and up-to-date.

How to Access SiteGround WordPress Autoupdate Tool?

First, you need to login to your cPanel account and open the WP Autoupdate tool located in the WordPress Tools section.

WordPress Autoupdate Overview

In the home page of the tool you can find information about the latest available WordPress version and a list of all WordPress installations opted for autoupdates. You can see the current version of each installation, as well as its autoupdate status.

Important!All WordPress applications installed via Softaculous or the SiteGround Getting Started Wizard will be listed in the tool by default. If you want to add another installation you can do it from the link at the bottom of the page.

WordPress Autoupdate Settings

In the setting you can control the following: how soon after a new version is released you’d like to get your WordPress autoupdated and whether the plugins in your installation should be updated together with the main WordPress update.

You can set different update intervals for WordPress minor or major releases. Minor releases include security improvements and bug fixes and we recommend immediate update for these. Major releases introduce functionality updates and more significant changes.  Default settings in the tool are: immediate update for minor releases and 24 hours for major releases.

If the plugin update option is ticked, on each WordPress update we perform, we will check if your plugins are up-to-date too and if not, we will update them.

Backup Restoration

If any issues with your website occur due to the automatic update feature, you can always restore your site to its state before the update. WordPress Autoupdate stores a backup of your website each time it performs an automatic update. If something goes wrong, simply select your site and select the Restore button.

Skip or Disable the Autoupdate

Having an updated WordPress website is crucial for your security and this is why we don’t recommend skipping updates. If you insist to do it, though, you can skip scheduled updates in the interval between the time when the new version is released and your scheduled autoupdate. Doing this will skip only the current update but not the upcoming ones.