Have you ever wished you could be notified whenever there’s a WordPress update available or there’s a plugin on your WordPress powered website that’s in need of upgrading?
With WordPress in use on such a large number of websites worldwide, it has never been more vulnerable to attack. Unfortunately, there will always be people who are trying to find and exploit any weakness they can use to their advantage. Whether it’s a weakness in the WordPress code itself or a flaw in one of the many plugins available for WordPress there will always be a risk.
Keep your WordPress up-to-date
That’s why keeping your WordPress install and all the plugins you use up-to-date is so important.
We now recommend ManageWP.com as the go-to service for keeping one or many WordPress installs up-to-date. You will need to install their plugin on each WordPress website you manage. Thereafter you can choose to be notified by email when there are plugins, themes, or core WordPress updates available and even apply those updates to all the websites you manage from the ManageWP.com website. They also offer pay-for services such as backups, automated security checks and more.
Sign up for a free account at ManageWP.com here and download the ManageWP Worker plugin to start keeping all your WordPress website up-to-date.
We Are No Longer Recommending the Following Method
While the plugin described below is still available, it has not been updated in a while and we have chosen not to use it any longer on any of the websites we manage.
Fortunately for you and me, there’s a plugin that will keep you posted when there’s an update available.
It’s called WP Updates Notifier and this handy plugin will email you whenever a WordPress update has been released or a plugin updated.
Do I really need this?
You may not think you need a plugin like this if you only run one WordPress powered site. But how often do you log into the WordPress admin panel?
If you aren’t in the administration area of your WordPress site often you will easily miss an update and your website could be vulnerable to an exploit for several days.
It’s even more challenging if you manage more than one WordPress website. If that’s you then this plugin will give you peace of mind. You’ll know when you need to apply an update. And you won’t have to worry about logging in to each of your WordPress installs to check.
Here are a few of the helpful features of the WP Updates Notifier plugin
- Choose between Hourly, Twice Daily or Daily checking
- Choose to send notification emails to more than one address — especially helpful if you aren’t the only administrator of your blog
- Choose to be notified of plugin and/or theme updates
- Choose to be notified of all plugins or themes or just those that are active
- Choose to hide the core WP update nag from non-admin users
What about Multisite?
The plugin will also work on WordPress Multisite. Just install the plugin then activate on the main blog and enter the settings. There’s no need to activate this site-wide or on individual blogs, but you may want to set it to notify you of all installed plugins and themes and not only those that are active on the main multisite blog.