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Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#7618 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Allow users to specify how often WordPress checks for plugin updates

Reported by: Jick Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: trivial Version: 2.7
Component: Administration Keywords: needs-patch
Focuses: Cc:


I think it would be useful to add a small option in the WordPress admin interface which allows administrators to choose how often WordPress checks for updates to the plugins they have. Maybe under "Miscellaneous" or a new tab like "Plugins" or something. If you go the route of a new tab called "Plugins" then that gives you a place for other global settings for plugins in the future.

Change History (9)

#1 @ryan
7 years ago

We can add a filter on the update time so it can be changed via plugin.

#2 @Jick
7 years ago

That works. However, wouldn't it make more sense for something like that to be part of core? It just seems like something that would fit in with other obvious settings. It seems like a bit of overkill to have an entire plugin for such a small little setting. But, that's just me. Your suggestion would be fine. It would be pretty simple to make a plugin for that.

#3 @santosj
7 years ago

Well, many users won't care since it is only done on the administration or every five minutes during the cron, which shouldn't affect the visitors.

#4 @Jick
7 years ago

I'm not talking about visitors. I'm talking about administrators. I'm talking about having an option in the admin backend. It could even be setup so only people with high enough permissions can see it.

#5 @DD32
7 years ago

  • Version set to 2.7

I'm not talking about visitors. I'm talking about administrators.

Administrators are users too :)

How many administrators are going to feel the need to changet it? afterall, does it affect them negitivly? (I guess it does if they have lots of plugins, and are running on a very slow connection..)

Every 5 minutes may seem rather often, hourly would do for me, But i dont see the need for an option on the admin for it.

#6 @Jick
7 years ago

I agree that not everyone needs it and some are happy with the default but, I still think it would be useful. I mean, just because it doesn't need to be changed that much I don't see why it still doesn't deserve a setting. There are lots of settings in WordPress core right now that don't see much use but some people still find them useful.

I mean, what is the alternative? Manually edit the core some how? No good. Perhaps change a MySQL row with something like PHPMyAdmin? Better than editing core code but still messy, especially when you're talking about unexperienced admins who only know the basic functions of WordPress and not enough to edit code themselves.

In the end, it's not like this is a critical option that is needed. I just think it would be useful to have.

Maybe even a option to disable plugin updates entirely. Those two kind of go hand in hand I think. Obviously the "how often" part would only be in effect if they have plugin updates enabled at all. I could also see that same logic applied to WordPress updates if/when the core gets functions to update WordPress itself. Enable/Disable checking for updates to WordPress and how often. That sort of thing. Going in that direction maybe even a dedicated "Updates" tab in the settings area would be in order.

Obviously a plugin could be made to do that but I think something obvious like that belongs in the core. Administrators should be able to choose if they want things updated and if so, how often.

That's my thinking anyway...

#7 @janeforshort
7 years ago

  • Milestone changed from 2.7 to 2.8

Postponing due to timeline.

7 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added
  • Milestone changed from 2.8 to Future Release

I could see disabling the updates, but who cares how often it checks..

#9 @ryan
7 years ago

  • Milestone Future Release deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed
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