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How to Update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes automatically

So, what do you do if you see an update message (“ xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.

Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.

Updates menu

Updates menu

You can see list of updates there.

updates available

updates available

Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.

Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.

Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily

Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.

Method1: Using Advanced Automatic Updates plugin

Method2: Edit your wp-config.php file

  • Login to the Cpanel and then click on the File Manager icon in the Files section.

    click on the File Manager icon

    click on the File Manager icon

  • You’ll see a pop-up window. Select your site and click on GO in order to proceed.

    click Go

    click Go

  • The wp-config.php is the file contained in the root of your WordPress file directory. Click on it and from the top menu choose “Edit”.

    Open file to edit

    Open file to edit

  • Add the following to enable major WordPress Releases updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.
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    Add the following to enable plugins updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    Plugin update

    Plugin update

    Add the following to enable themes updates
    Add the following line of code in your site’s wp-config.php file.

    theme update

    theme update

  • Once you’ve finished editing the file click on SAVE CHANGES in the top right hand corner.

 

WordPress 3.9 is Here. Here’s What’s New

WordPress 3.0 arrived yesterday with a lot of improvements and new features. It is WordPress’ major release so this version isn’t automatically updated to your site, you will have to initiate the update. Here are some of the new features: TinyMCE has some major improvements like the drag and drop image uploads, drag and drop files, live gallery previews, resizing images in post editor, plain text editor buttons, and you can copy and paste directly from MS Word. New Theme Screen The new interface for themes was developed separately as a part of THX38. In WordPress 3.9, Add New Theme is prettier and more user friendly. Searching for WordPress themes is a lot easier now.

Read the rest of the updates here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-new-in-wordpress-3-9/

What’s New in WordPress 3.7

It’s just about 2 months since WordPress 3.6 was released and we are already craving for more. This is because just recently, WordPress has released WordPress 3.7 Beta 1 and we are very excited to see what’s in store for the next major update.

So let’s take a look at what WordPress 3.7 has in store for us:

Automatic Updates
Managed WordPress hosting already has one, why not WordPress do it too? The good news is that they have included automatic update in 3.7.

Improved WordPress Search
The default WordPress search is annoying that is why we relied on other solutions. Now with the latest release, WordPress search will get a bit better. It will not display results by relevancy but by chronological order. It will consider a more relevant keyword matches in the title and in the content.

And other tweaks and function features.

Read the rest of the update here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/what-new-features-are-coming-in-wordpress-3-7/

 

WordPress 3.7 Beta Now Available

WordPress has just released the next major beta update: WordPress 3.7 Beta 1. This release was announced by WordPress lead developer, Andrew Nacin in his post in WordPress.org. The first beta release of WordPress 3.7 is now available for download.

Nacin wrote in his blog post that for WordPress 3.7, they have decided to shorten the development cycle and focus on some key improvement. They are planning to release the final product in October, then follow it up on December through WordPress 3.7 release which, as we speak, is already in development.

Those willing to test the new release can get it in WordPress.org but take note that the beta platform is not for production sites as it is prone to bugs and security issues.

Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wphub.com/wordpress-3-7-beta-1-now-available/

WordPress 3.6 Now Available for Download

The long wait is over because after a long, and frustrating development, WordPress 3.6 is now available for download. It doesn’t have the Post Formats UI for now, but it has a lot of cool features that every WordPress users will enjoy. Features like, built in audio and video support and a complete revamp of Post Revisions, a new 2013 Theme, post locking, and a lot of bug fixes.

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” also has Spotify, Rdio, and Soundclound integrations, augmented autosave, and a menu editor that is much easier to use.

 

For the developers, here is a look of what’s new in WordPress Oscar:

New Audio and Video API gives you access to metadata like ID3 tags.

You can now choose HTML5 markup for comments, forms, and comments list.

 

Read the rest of the update here: http://wordpress.org/news/2013/08/oscar/

WordPress 3.6 Beta 1 Ready for Testing

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WordPress 3.6 Beta 1 has just arrived and is ready for testing. This means that the official release of WordPress 3.6 will happen anytime soon. However, if you are a WordPress theme or plugin developer, you no longer have to wait as you can get a sneak peak of the latest WordPress version to test and make sure your extensions and themes work and is compatible with the latest release.

New Features

  • Post formats
  • New theme
  • Audio/Video enhancements
  • Autosave feature
  • Post lock
  • Nav menus
  • post revisions

Read the rest of the news here: http://wpmu.org/wordpress-3-6-beta-1-hits-the-shelves/