Configure WordPress Automatic Background Updates


With the release of version 3.7, WordPress now has the ability to update in the background, requiring no action from site administrators. Overall, we like this new feature, but you may want to disable updates in the background for many reasons. WordPress provides several filters to customize these updates, including ways to disable them completely, enable them for plugins and themes, and include / exclude development and major releases. Let’s see the options.

NOTE: In some cases, background updates do not work, regardless of the filters used.

If you use a version control like SVN or Git
If you need to enter FTP credentials when installing themes and / or plug-ins, report file permissions issues.
If your host has chosen not to support updates in the background (WP Engine is one)

To check if your site supports updates in the background, see the image below.

WordPress Background Updates Eligibility

Tester update plugin in the background

The WordPress team has released the Background Update Tester plug-in that checks if your site is able to receive updates in the background and, if not, will provide more information about the reason. You can provide this information to a web developer or hosting company, who may be able to help you enable automatic updates in the background.

Once the plugin is installed and enabled, go to “Dashboard”> “Update Tester” to view the results.

WordPress Background Update Tester Plugin

4 Types of WordPress Updates

There are 4 types of updates that you can configure:

Main Updates – WordPress kernel power files, located in the root directory of your installation, and / wp-admin / & / wp-includes / folder.
Plugin Updates – All the plugins you have currently installed, located in the / wp-content / plugins / folder.
Theme Updates – All themes that you currently have installed and located in the / wp-content / themes / folder.
Translation File Updates – All translation files you currently have installed in / wp-content / languages ​​/ or / wp-includes / languages ​​/.
Before configuring each type, consider the default configuration of background updates.

Default Configuration for WordPress Auto-Updates

Update TypeDefault Configuration
Minor core updates (3.7 to 3.7.1)Enabled
Major core updates (3.7 to 3.8)Disabled
Core development updates (aka: “bleeding edge”)Disabled
Translation file updatesEnabled
Theme updatesDisabled
Plugin updatesDisabled

We will now examine how to modify these values.

I highly recommend creating a custom plugin to add one of the following filters to your site. If you place them in your theme’s functions.php file and then change the theme, your settings will not work anymore.

Completely Disable ALL WordPress Background Updates

Background updates help keep your site updated and secure. Disabling them is highly discouraged.

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This will disable all automatic updates (kernel, translation, theme and plugin). You can always update WordPress by going to “Dashboard”> “Updates” and then manually clicking the “Update Now” button.

Using WP Automatic Plugin

In addition to the detailed documentation and video tutorial of the author of the WordPress Automatic plug-in, we’ve created this FAQ, along with a video tutorial, to guide bulk upload videos from YouTube users to the VideoPro theme.

Choose the type of import video source:

Use a keyword:

Import from a channel / playlist with or without a keyword:

Step 1: Please follow this video to set up your first campaign with the WordPress Automatic plugin. NOTE: You must configure 2 settings in your campaign, as shown below:
Select the custom message format option> and then select the name of the message format is Video


Select the Set first image / video image option as the selected image option. The video is automatically posted.


Step 2: The videos imported in bulk by WordPress Automatic plugin do not contain data of video views, tastes, dislike, duration, to get this data, check the option Add custom fields to the publication, then add the name of the field. with the appropriate value:
_video_network_views: [vid_views]
_video_network_likes: [vid_likes]
_video_network_dislikes: [vid_dislike]
video_duration: [vid_duration]

Step 3: If you want to assign the video posts created by the WP Automatic plug-in to a specific channel or playlist, check the option Add custom fields to publication and add the field name (channel_id, playlist_id) with the appropriate value. of the channel or playlist you want:


NOTE: The value must be a serialized value of a table. You can use this tool to convert a table. More information about this in this FAQ For example:

the array (100) can be converted to a serialized value a: 1: {i: 0; i: 100;

The array (100, 101) can be converted to a serialized value a: 2: {i: 0; i: 100; i: 1; i: 101;

For more information, please see the document on the WordPress Plugin Automatic> Add Custom Fields to the Publishing section.

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