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Introduction to WordPress upgrade limit with Core-Admin

The following article explains what are the different wordpress upgrades available, what they cover, if they are automatic and which don’t. Those that are not automatic are considered manual and requires user intervention.
We also explain how you can disable these upgrades totally or partially using Core-Admin #WordpressManager.

About WordPress automatic micro-updates

Before considering disabling WordPress automatic updates, first keep on reading.

Automatic upgrades that can apply WordPress are always targeted to a very reduced and located inside WordPress engine. These upgrades are considered “minor” and only adds or fixes security features.

From WordPress webpage we have the following:
https://codex.wordpress.org/Configuring_Automatic_Background_Updates
Wordress Core-Admin Micro Updates.

About upgrading WordPress, plugins and themes

Besides WordPress micro-updates (which only upgrades a very small and specific portion as we have said, never all WordPress engine), we have the following 3 categories that you can upgrade and apply to your WordPress:

  1. WordPress upgrades: these updates covers all WordPress engine (including micro-updates and going further).
  2. Plugin updates: these includes upgrades that are released by plugins developers. This is not considered WordPress code covered by previous section..
  3. Theme updates: these includes all files, css, javascript and php that forms the WordPress Theme and, as it happens with plugins, they are not controlled by WordPress. Each update is released by the theme developer.

Having this classification in mind, we can visualize that in one hand we have micro-updates (which are safe) and in the other, we have general updates that might include version change and might potentially break your web (no smooth upgrade).

What updates are applied by WordPress without user intervention

As we have explained in previous sections, WordPress will never update automatically those parts that are not in WordPress’s control and that potentially might make your web stop working.

For that reason, WordPress only applies micro-updates.

For the same reason, WordPress never applies automatic updates without user intervention for WordPress engine, theme or plugins.

Those updates must be done and supervised by a specialized user, the site administrator/developer.
This way, the site developer/administrator can ensure that everything keeps working after upgrading and in such case, take actions if it stops working.

Summary for all updates available for a WordPress

Next it is shown a table that summarises all available updates, its features, etc:

Core Wordpress
Micro-Updates
Complete wordress
engine updates
Wordpress
plugins updates
Updates for
the theme used by Wordpress
Are automatic?
(no user intervention required)
Yes No, user must apply
them manually
No, user must apply
them manually
No, user must apply
them manually
Can be disabled? Yes Yes, using Core-Admin Wordpress Manager Yes, using Core-Admin Wordpress Manager Yes, using Core-Admin Wordpress Manager
Is recommended to
disable these updates?
No Yes, if you think it is possible
these updaets might break
current project state
Yes, if you think it is possible
these updaets might break
current project state
Yes, if you think it is possible
these updaets might break
current project state

How to limit WordPress updates using Core-Admin and #WordpressManager

Use the following steps to limit part or all WordPress updates for a given installation.

Limiting WordPress Updates with Core-Admin

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