Several diyers have asked me this today, so here are 2 ways to disable automatic updates in WordPress.

Since WordPress 3.7, minor/security updates are done automatically on your site and there is no option in your dashboard to turn that off.

I personally think that it’s ok to let it update itself for minor updates, if you keep your site regularly updated and backed up.

But, if you want to completely turn updates off you have 2 ways to do this:

OPTION #1 – Add this line of code to your wp-config.php


OPTION #2 – Use a plugin to manage your updates

You can try a plugin like

This plugin allows you to manage updates. I don’t like to use plugins for the sake of using plugins and I love to keep them to a minimum. My recommendation is that if you really want to turn it off, go with option #1.

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