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Better Automatic WordPress Updates

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iControlWP WordPress Management LogoAutomatic updates have been available to us in WordPress since version 3.7.

They serve us well and ensure that WordPress sites don’t get left behind on security patches.

At the time, we saw the huge benefit in this. So we gave our clients the option to tune automatic updates from within iControlWP. Yet another first for multiple WordPress management 😉

But over time we’ve seen that there are “issues” with the automatic updates system. We’ll cover some of these here and outline what we’re doing about it. Read More

Tired of the WordPress Updates Hamster Wheel

WordPress Update Notifications that let you be Proactive instead of Reactive

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We’re making it easier for admins to stay on top of critical WordPress updates with Update Notifications.

We want to help you get off the WordPress updates hamster wheel:

… update → check for updates → test → update → check for updates → …

In this quick article we’ll outline what’s coming, how it helps you, and how you can get your hands on it.

WordPress updates find you, not the other way around

The idea that we need to keep plugins and themes up-to-date isn’t news to you. This is even more critical with security vulnerabilities that demand prompt action.

It’s a little bit like playing whack-a-mole… Lucky you!

Half the battle is just knowing the updates exist. So you log into each site to check. Or, use iControlWP that makes it easier to see and perform your updates in bulk.

But you still have to go looking for the updates in the first place.

Well, not any more…

With our new Update Notifications add-on, you can be informed of updates on your schedule.

Proactive vs Reactive – The Notification Advantage

I’m a huge Tim Ferriss fan (with perhaps one of the best podcasts available today!). He advocates several productivity principles that I try to subscribe to.

One such principle is “batching“- where you group similar tasks together in to groups. E.g. instead of handling emails throughout the day, you review and answer them less often at certain, fixed times of the day.

WordPress updates should be treated in the same way. Instead of repeatedly checking for updates, you only do them at a fixed time of the day or week.

Update Notifications facilitate this approach perfectly. It lets you pick a time of the day to be notified of updates, if there are any, and jump into it. When you’re done, you leave it until the next notification arrives.  This means:

  • less time spent checking for updates
  • less distraction and loss of focus on your core work
  • greater productivity, quality, and higher efficacy in your core work
  • … greater happiness! 😀

Greater happiness? Of course! If you spend less time on menial tasks, and more time doing the work you love doing, the better off you’ll be. 🙂 Read More