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How to Disable WordPress Plugin Updates

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How to Disable WordPress Plugin Updates

Disable WordPress Plugin Updates

In this article, I will show you how to disable WordPress plugin updates. I will also discuss why doing so might be a really bad idea.

Firstly, why would you want to disable WordPress plugin updates?

Well you may wish to disable WordPress plugin updates for the following reasons:

  • The plugin updates would break your site.
  • The new plugin update features may not be required (or wanted).
  • You simply prefer the old plugin methods, look and feel better than the new incarnation.

Secondly, why you should not disable WordPress plugin updates!

Although plugin updates can be disabled in WordPress there is no really good reason to do so. The following are just a few reasons to continue updating your plugins:

  • Security. A lot of updates are security related. Not fixing these problems can be a really bad idea and lead to serious problems. There are many “just for fun” hackers and unscrupulous people looking to hack your site.
  • If a plugin breaks your site, find a better plugin. The probabilities of a standard compliant WordPress plugin breaking your site is very low.
  • If the author is not updating the plugin in line with WordPress updates, find a better plugin that gets updated when needed.
  • Plugin updates not only offer new features, they also patch security vulnerabilities, improve performance, and fix compatibility issues with the latest and upcoming versions of WordPress.

Seriously, by not updating plugins, you are intentionally compromising security and stability of your WordPress site.

There are some website developers that disable WordPress automatic updates, theme and plugin updates on clients sites to prevent clients accidentally breaking their websites. There isn’t a good reason to do this. Your clients are getting a website predisposed to future vulnerabilities. Just educate your clients.

How to Disable WordPress Plugin Updates (All)

First, install and activate the Easy Updates Manager plugin.

  • Easy Updates Manager lets you manage all your WordPress updates, including individual updates and automatic updates. It also works with WordPress Multisite.

Once installed, click the Easy Updates Manager ‘Configure‘ link or navigate to: Dashboard > Update Options to manage the plugin’s settings.


WordPress Plugin Updates Disable


Click on the ‘General’ tab and scroll down to the ‘All Plugin Updates’ option. To turn off all plugin updates simply click on ‘Disabled’ then click the save changes button to store your settings.


Easy Updates Manager plugin


How to Selectively Disable Updates for Specific Plugins in WordPress

If you don’t want to disable all plugin updates you can also selectively disable updates for some WordPress plugins. This gives you better control over which plugins should auto-update.

Once again, navigate to: Dashboard > Update Options and click on the ‘Plugins’ tab. This will give you a list of all the installed plugins on your site.


How to Disable WordPress Plugin Updates


Just click on ‘Disallow Updates’ for each plugin you do not want to update automatically.

How to Disable WordPress Plugin Updates Final Thoughts

Easy Updates Manager allows you to manage all WordPress updates including core, plugin, theme, and translation updates.

Well, I hope this article helped you learn how to disable WordPress plugin updates, though I strongly suggest that you don’t. The best solution if you have a problem with a plugin, is to get it fixed.

If you have any comment, corrections or items you think should be added to, How to Disable WordPress Plugin Updates, please do not hesitate to let me have them in the comment box below.

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