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How to enable major release Auto updates in WordPress

Difficulty: Intermediate


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By default since WordPress 3.7 version only auto updates minor releases and security updates, if you want the WordPress auto updates to handle major core updates too, you will have to add a single configuration line.


  1. Open the wp-config.php file in the root folder of your WordPress installation and add this line to it:
    define('WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true);

If you are using a version control system, WordPress will disable its auto updates. Currently, it will check if you're using Subversion, Git, Mercurial, or Bazaar.

We strongly recommend you have a backup process in place, there are a number of WordPress plugins available that will automatically backup your WordPress website and database nightly.

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