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With WordPress 3.7, you donít have to lift a finger to apply maintenance and security updates. Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background. The update process also has been made even more reliable and secure, with dozens of new checks and safeguards.
4. Disable only core updates.
The easiest way to manipulate core updates is with the WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE constant:
# Disables all core updates:
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );
# Enables all core updates, including minor and major:
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true );
# Enables core updates for minor releases (default):
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', 'minor' );
Itís worth noting that the ďautomatic updaterĒ controls more than just WordPress core. If the updater finds it canít or shouldnít update, itíll still send site administrator an email. (Want to disable only that? Itís also covered in this post.) The automatic updater also supports themes and plugins on an opt-in basis. And by default, translations (for themes, plugins, and eventually core) are updated automatically. At some point in the future, the WordPress.org plugin security team will be able to suggest that installs automatically update malicious or dangerously insecure plugins. Thatís a huge win for a safer web.
Despite the fact that auto-updating a production site isn't *normally* a good thing