Enable Automatic Plugin Updates in WordPress Without Code

One of the best things you can do for WordPress site security it run updates in WordPress often, ideally as soon as they’re available. Making WordPress automatically pull in plugin updates for you is a great way to make that happen. Automatic plugin update can happen with some PHP code, but there’s actually a great plugin that lets you get this feature from just installing it. It’s called “Companion Auto Update“, and it’ll keep your WordPress plugins and themes up to date without breaking a sweat.

There are a few really cool features of the Companion Auto Update plugin. One that should comfort some people who are hesitant to let all their plugins update automatically all the time is the fact that it has a settings screen where you can turn off the automatic updates for certain plugins. I know that I’m most scared to update WooCommerce, but which plugin(s) you turn it off for is really up to you.

Here’s the video explaining:

And if text is more your speed:

How to Automatically Update Plugins in WordPress (without code)

  1. Install and activate the “Companion Auto Update” plugin. It’s by Papin Schipper.
  2. That’s it.
  3. If you want, go to “Tools > Auto Updater” and select the plugins that you *don’t* want to automatically update. Those are on the “Select Plugins” tab of Companion Auto Updater. Hit “Save Changes”.

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