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    Jennifer Mattern
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    If you run a WordPress blog you might have received notice that your blog was automatically updated yesterday to version 3.8.2.

    Wait. What? How can your blog update on its own?

    Since WordPress 3.7, minor updates such as security fixes have been pushed through automatically (where the last of the three numbers changes — like going from 3.8 to 3.8.1, or 3.8.1 to 3.8.2). Major updates (such as 3.8.2 to 3.9) are still handled manually.

    But what if you have a highly-customized site and you prefer to handle all upgrades manually so you can run backups before completing them and be there to check for compatibility issues that might come up?

    Here’s a quick fix.

    You can disable the automatic core updates by adding the following line to your site’s wp-config.php file:

    define (‘AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED’, TRUE );

    Add it right before the section that says:

    /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

    Jennifer Mattern - Owner 3 Beat Media

    Professional Blogger, Freelance Business Writer, Author

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