Aug 182017
 

Managing WordPress Core Files Updates shows you how to control your WordPress core files updates, control administrators right to manage updates and more.

Last Updated: June 1, 2018

Latest News: I have updated the changelog below.

Many know how important updates are in WordPress. But at the same time you know how challenging it is to make sure that all other update like plugins and themes are compatible with the latest version of WordPress.

To make things more easy WordPress introduced Automatic background updates in WordPress 3.7. This was done in order to help those that don’t have the time to manage all their websites WordPress core updates. At the same time it also promotes better security. Security is extremely important nowadays with so many websites been hacked everywhere in the world.

In this post you will learn how to control which updates you want to allow and or maybe not allow any updates. This decision would be made because you are not yet ready to update all of your plugins or theme. Other reasons might be the developers are not ready with the patching, need more time testing or other reasons. The bottom line is you want to control what is happening on the back-end.

You can either manually change the code in wp-config.php file, you read more about from the following URL Configuring_Automatic_Background_Updates. Or you can use the following plugin BusinessPress.

Business Press changelog 0.8.8

  • Bugfix – number of plugin updates invisible, but red circle appearing in the menu

Note: Maintaining your website up to date is one of the most important part of securing your WordPress website.

Managing WordPress Core Files Updates

What You Need:

  • BusinessPress plugin for this tutorial.
  • FTP access to your site if you choose to manually edit the wp-config.php file. (Optional)

Step 1 ) Install BusinessPress plugin and go to Settings -> BusinessPress -> Updates to enable and start configuring the plugin.

Note: Check the following URL how-to-install-wordpress-plugins to learn about how to install a plugin or addon.

Step 2 ) The following image Restrictions allows you to enable the following options.

Enable = You need to enable the plugin before the options selected take over.

Please enter the

  • admin email address
  • domain.
  • Email

Allow other admins to

  • Activate and deactivate plugins and themes
  • Update plugins and themes = Update WordPress core
  • Install, edit and delete plugins and themes
  • Export site content

Core auto updates

  • None
  • Minor
  • Major

Note: Remember to enable the plugin so the new settings start working.

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Preferences

Step 3 ) Go to Settings -> BusinessPress -> Preferences to start managing the plugin preferences.

Step 3-a ) The following image Security Preferences allows you to enable the following options.

Disable Security Preferences

  • Generator Tag (WP, EDD)
  • REST API
  • XML-RPC (Protect)

manage-wp-core-updates-businesspress-security-preference

Step 3-b ) The following image Performance Preferences allows you to enable the following options.

Disable Performance Preferences

  • Emojis
  • oEmbed

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Step 3-c ) The following image Tweaks allows you to enable the following options.

Tweaks

  • Enable Google style results
  • Enable Link Manager
  • Enhance wp-admin Dropdonws
  • Set Featured Images Automatically = (This feature is enabled by default.)

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Step 3-d ) The following image Amin Notices allows you to enable the following option.

Admin Notices

  • Hide Admin Notices

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Step 3-e ) The following option Login Protection allows you to enable the following options.

Login Protection

  • You can setup fail2ban on your server = (Make sure you read the instructions.)
  • The recommended plugin is Login LockDown.

Step 3-f ) The following image CDN allows you to enable the following options.

CDN

  • X-Pull Key
  • Click on Save All Changes button when you finish setting up the preferences.

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Branding

Step 4 ) Go to Settings -> BusinessPress -> Branding to manage the following options.

Branding

  • Hide WP Admin Bar for subscribers
  • Login Log

User Profile

  • Impose Admin Color Scheme

Step 5 ) Once you have completed the above, go to Dashboard -> Updates to view the plugins features displayed under updates. See image below.

The following information is an example of what you will see in your admin dashboard updates section depending on your settings. (Note: Your information will be different.)

Dashboard Update Information

  • Current WordPress version installed 4.8.1.
  • Last updated: 2 August 2017
  • Status: Secure
  • Projected security updates: 27 months.
  • Core auto-updates status: only Minor version updates enabled.
  • Recently blocked updates: blank
  • WP core internal autoupdate check 1 month ago
  • WP core internal autoupdate check 3 days ago
  • 4.8.1 = 4 weeks ago
  • BusinessPress delays these updates 5 days to make sure you are not affected by any bugs in them.
  • You have the latest version of WordPress.

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That is how simple it is to manage your WordPress core files update and add some more security with other enabled options in the BusinessPress plugin.

If you have any questions please let me know. I will be updating this from time to time. So keep coming back for the latest post.

Enjoy.

Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

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