4 Oct

2012

Update: AutoUpdate feature now available for WordPress and Joomla!

Joomla Auto Update UPDATE: SiteGround has now launched auto-updates for Joomla applications as well! All our Joomla users can now enjoy the same benefits and subscribe for free auto-updates of their application from the SiteGround auto-update tool in their cPanel. For a detailed tutorial how to turn on auto-updates for Joomla, check out our tutorial.

According to WordPress.com, there are about 56,4 million WP sites in the world right now. And that number is rapidly growing. Many big companies, such as CNN, NBC and UPS use WordPress for their company blogs, which makes the open source platform even more popular and trusted by people worldwide.

However, with a big open source software community like this, there are always the security threats and vulnerabilities that could ruin your day (or your site). We at SiteGround know this for a fact. We host numerous Open Source software instances, including more than 50,000 WordPress installations on our shared hosting plans. WordPress is slick, well written and highly customizable. However, like all open source applications, it could create a dramatic problem for you, your website and your visitors, should you not keep it up to date.

Updating WP seems like a straightforward process. You click the upgrade button in your WordPress admin panel and it is done. But still, too many people do not do it. Why? First, because they may not even be aware that there is a new version. Second, because there is always the chance that the upgrade breaks your site and you should take the time to create a backup before upgrading to be safe. And that whole process can be frustrating. REALLY frustrating. In fact so frustrating that it made a lot of people turn their backs on upgrading their WP forever.

Well, I’m really happy to say WP Updates are now much easier if you are hosted with SiteGround! This week we launched our WP Auto Update cPanel plugin. It tracks new versions and updates your WP Instances automatically.

WordPress Autoupdate

And it will not only keep your blog Up-to-date, but it will back it up prior to an update, so that whenever you have a plugin or theme not working after an update, you can quickly restore the version before the update. A notification email will be sent to you 24 hours prior to every update, so you could also skip the auto-update if you plan on doing it manually.

In its essence, our WP Auto Update tool is really simple. But it is a real time-saver and can protect you automatically from fresh WordPress exploits that come out every other week.

IMPORTANT: All customers that install new WP instances will have this feature enabled by default, whereas all users with WP instances installed prior to this week can opt-in at any time by going to their cPanel and clicking the WP Auto Update icon. I advise you to opt-in and do it fast, since every other week there’s a new WP out that you should really stop thinking about ;)

Author: Tenko Nikolov

The SiteGround Mastermind

For the last few years Tenko Nikolov has been one of the masterminds behind the success of SiteGround. He has come up with multiple successful strategies for overcoming technical problems and has achieved real business results for SiteGround. His vision and skills have made SiteGround a leading host in terms of technology and platform reliability.

Comments (8):

  1. Swarup says:

    Wow!!
    Its a unique feature, I never seen this option in any other Host
    Thanks for this great feature

  2. Heather Ellicott says:

    I am currently getting my WordPress Blog together to launch and would like it replace my current website that I have hosted on Siteground. I would like to rename the blog using the website domain that I will no longer need for the old site I am ditching. How do we do this?

    • Hristo says:

      First, you need to move your old files away from your website root folder (public_html). I would advise you not to delete them but to create a folder named backup in your home directory and to move them there. Next, you need to move your WordPress files into the public_html directory. Before your blog can start working correctly as your main site, you need to change its main URL setting. You can do that by following the instructions in this article: http://codex.wordpress.org/Changing_The_Site_URL. If you experience any issues with this transfer of files, don’t hesitate to contact our support team. I wish you best luck with your blog!

  3. Siv Vaidhyanathan says:

    WordPress auto update though simple, yet you need to use it properly. For people who don’t use this auto update feature sincerely, then they have to accept this update facility service of siteground gracefully. I am planning for some domains and fishing the internet for some resource, luckily I landed here. I’ll consider siteground for sure.

  4. Fred Gray says:

    I clicked on the auto update feature.
    Now when I log into the wordpress admin site all I get is

    Fatal error: Call to a member function add_rewrite_tag() on a non-object in /home/amazingg/public_html/blog/wp-includes/rewrite.php on line 51

    I am essentially locked out editing my site.

    What can I do?

    • Hristo says:

      Hello Fred,

      The error message you received is caused by a very old plugin that you’ve been using – wordTube. It would have appeared even if you had made a manual WordPress update because this extension hasn’t been updated in over two years.

      If you want to gain access to your website there are two options. First, you can simply disable the wordTube plugin by renaming the public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/wordtube directory to something else like wordtube_disabled for example. Doing this will disable the obsolete plugin and you will be able to login again. Alternatively, you can post a ticket in your Help Desk and request from our support team to restore your site to the old WordPress version, because our auto update tool creates a backup copy of your website before each update in case something goes wrong.

      Personally, I would recommend you to disable this plugin and chose another one for this functionality. Having old WordPress and old plugins is a serious security risk and you should always keep your site up-to-date. I’ve checked the wordTube and it turned out that it uses another plugin that is being regularly updated and you could use directly – JW Flv Player. I think it will be easiest if you simply use this plugin instead of the old one causing problems. Please remember, that if you have issues with your website, the fastest way to get help is to post a ticket in your Help Desk. My colleagues from the support department will always be there to help you :)

  5. Rakesh kumar says:

    my blog can’t adds on wordpress….how can added wordpress on my blogger…

  6. Rakesh kumar says:

    you can ideas added wordpress

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