In WordPress 3.7, WordPress introduced a handy new feature – automatic background updates.
These are currently only active for minor WordPress releases – i.e. bug-fix and security updates, like yesterday’s WordPress 4.0.1. But, if you like them, then you can configure them to automatically update every component on your site.
It’s a useful feature – you can know that when there’s a new security release for WordPress, then you should be up-to-date within 12 hours, without doing anything.
One problem, though, has been that a lot of people like to back up their WordPress install before updating – and indeed, the official WordPress documentation recommends that you do. How can you do this, though, if WordPress updates itself without asking you? Conversely, if you turn off WordPress’s automatic updates, then you’re in danger from unfixed security issues in the meantime whilst you learn about them and go to manually update.
With the next release of UpdraftPlus, this is a solved problem. UpdraftPlus already had an “automatic backup” feature which could take a backup before you updated your plugins, themes or WordPress core in your WordPress dashboard. In a major update of this feature, it can now do the same for WordPress background updates. Before WordPress updates itself, UpdraftPlus will back it up for you. And if you’ve enabled WordPress’s automatic updates for plugins and themes too, then it’ll cover those also.
UpdraftPlus is the only WordPress backup plugin with this feature. If you’re not yet a Premium customer, then please take a look at our flagship offering, today!
David Anderson (lead developer, founder, UpdraftPlus)