The WordPress developer team has been working on adding an auto-update mechanism to themes and plugins months ago. Websites that haven’t been updated are the most vulnerable ones against cyber-attacks. Sometimes site owners forget to update themes and plugins after installing. Now, the auto-update feature is already implemented for plugins. The team continues its work for adding it to the WordPress themes feature.
Sending auto-update summaries
The auto-update option will allow the user to configure themes and plugins to update themselves by checking an option in the admin panels of their websites. It will send regular auto-update summaries to website administrators via e-mail notifications. Hooks and constants will help developers disable or programmatically define auto-update settings.
WP auto-update project is one of the nine projects for Core to focus in 2019, which was posted by Matt Mullenweg in 2018. The team defines this project as a milestone of WordPress 5.5. WordPress site owners can test the Beta version.
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