We love Jetpack. We know many don’t, but it seems most do based on the reviews in the WordPress Repo. One of the very many features we love is the ability to have Jetpack autoupdate installed plugins (both active and inactive). Anyone who does anything with WordPress should know that keeping plugins and themes updated is critical for WordPress security, so this autoupdate feature is terrific in helping the WordPress users stay safe.
How do you enable Jetpack autoupdates?
- Install Jetpack and connect to your WordPress.com account
- Sign in to WordPress.com
- My Sites
- (select which site you want to edit)
- Look for the toggle to allow you to turn on autoupdates:
One small issue we’ve run into lately is that we can’t seem to switch on automatic plugin updates.
We see this: Autoupdates Disabled.
If you click that little “i” for information, it gives you a pop up window that links you to this explanation.
I can’t install, update, remove, or autoupdate plugins from WordPress.com
In order to manage plugins on your Jetpack-connected site from WordPress.com, your site needs to be configured properly. Your site cannot be under version control, and you must be able to install plugins and update them without entering a FTP username and password.
The following constants also need to be set to false or not defined:
AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED. And any plugin that intentionally disables autoupdates must not be active.
To change these constants, you need to modify your wp-config.php file. Choose your FTP client of choice, download the wp-config.php file for safe keeping.
Look for this:
You may need to edit or add what you see on line 73.
Example: My line 73 needed to be changed from TRUE to FALSE.
Also, I had to completely add line 74.
Save your wp-config.php file on the server.
And there you have it. You can now enable autoupdates in Jetpack.
Need or want help enabling Jetpack Autoupdates? Contact Us here at Fandom Web Dev. We’d be happy to help.