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Managed Plugin Updates

Sit back, relax and stay up-to-date with WPhost Managed Plugin Updates

Keeping plugins up-to-date is one of the best ways to ensure your site is secure and running great!

However, we know that managing plugin updates is time consuming and distracts from other valuable work that can grow your business. Now you can also offload the tedious task of plugin updates!

With WPhost Managed Plugin Updates you can get back to work and trust that your site will always be up-to-date and online. Simply enrol your site in our monthly Managed Plugin Updates service and our team will update any plugins on your site with a new version. We can now also toggle your managed updates on or off per plugin!

Managed Plugin Updates are included free with Gold and Platinum plans or can be added to Bronze and Silver plans for just $20/month + GST. Agencies, developers and designers enrolled in our WPhost Partner Program can also add sites to this monthly Managed Plugin Updates service.

Each month, our plugin updates team will manage each site enrolled in plugin updates. If something goes awry, we’ll roll the update back. Once we’re finished we’ll notify you. And if anything was to break, we’ll package up a monthly report so you know exactly what we did and why we did it!

No downtime, guaranteed

Never worry about a plugin update taking down your site again. Our Managed Plugin Updates guarantee that if a plugin update breaks your site, we’ll roll it back and help you understand why.

Stay secure without the work

WPhost’s managed hosting platform keeps your site secure. However, when your plugins are out-of-date, your site is at risk. With Managed Plugin Updates, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your site is using the latest plugins.

Enrol your site in our Managed Plugin Updates service today

New clients:

Managed Plugin Updates are included free with Gold and Platinum plans or can be added to Bronze and Silver plans.

Never worry about a plugin update taking down your site again. Sit back, relax and stay up-to-date with WPhost Managed Plugin Updates.

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Existing clients, simply complete the request below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Managed Plugin Updates? You've come to the right place!

How do Managed Plugin Updates work?

Once your site is enrolled in our Managed Plugin Updates service your plugins will start updating within that first week you sign up.

We can also toggle your managed updates on or off per plugin – just contact our support team if you wish to exclude any plugins from managed updates.

We’ll update all of the public WordPress repository plugins that have updates available and premium plugins that have their license keys available in WordPress. Before the update process begins, we take a backup of your site and plugin files. Only then are the updates completed. If any issues are found during the live site update process, we’ll revert the suspect plugin or restore back all changes. The site will never be left down or broken!

If there are any errors or issues, our support team start investigating to help you troubleshoot.

What is visual regression AI technology?

The software we use for visual regression testing uses a sophisticated model that has been run millions of times on sites to be trained to detect even the smallest changes before and after updates.

First, we check for any critical errors, if there is a critical error we rollback the changes. Next, we take screenshots of up to twenty pages of your site and do an image comparison to look for changed pixels. If there are changed pixels, we run the data through our machine learning model to see if the pixel changes are substantial enough to roll back the site. In the scenario of a site rollback, our Support Team steps in to troubleshoot.

How do I enable Managed Plugin Updates?

First, login to your Client Area.

Next, click on Services and then My Services. Your existing Products & Services will be displayed.

Select the current package that you would like to enrol in our Managed Plugin Updates service by clicking on the Product/Service.

Here you can view and manage your existing package. Click on Upgrade/Downgrade Options.

Select either Weekly updates or Daily updates and click Continue.

Enrolling your site in our Managed Plugin Updates service will automatically calculate any amount to pay and generate an invoice.

What happens if my site has an issue after plugin updates?

Once updates are complete, WPhost performs an automated site inspection using artificial intelligence to compare the visual appearance of the site before and after the updates.

If we detect any issues, we’ll revert the site to a pre-update backup and our support team will troubleshoot the issue directly, updating plugins manually if possible. Any errors our team can’t resolve will be shared with you.

How often to you perform plugin updates?

You can choose between a weekly or daily plugin update frequency. You can change your preferred scheduling setting on a per-site basis.

We work in the New Zealand time zone and all managed plugin updates will be run outside of business hours.

How do I switch between Weekly and Daily Managed Plugin Updates?

First, login to your Client Area.

Next, click on Services and then My Services. Your existing Products & Services will be displayed.

Select the current package enrolled in our Managed Plugin Updates service by clicking on the Product/Service.

Here you can view and manage your existing package. Click on Upgrade/Downgrade Options.

Here you can switch between Weekly updates or Daily updates. Select your update frequency and click Continue.

Changing your site’s update frequency will automatically calculate any amount to pay and generate an invoice.

Why wouldn’t I use automated updates or something similar?

This isn’t your typical plugin update tool. We leverage the power of AI to visually spot even the smallest differences in your site post-update, and if we detect an issue we can quickly roll back to the latest working site version. Then, our support team begins troubleshooting immediately – this effectively means little to no downtime and no broken site layouts.

Tools like ManageWP and auto-updates in WordPress are great for speeding up the process of updating your plugins, however, they still require manual intervention and management by you. With our Managed Plugin Updates service, WPhost’s advanced AI and our WordPress experts combine efforts to ensure updates are timely and smooth!

Can you perform my plugin updates outside of business hours?

We work in the New Zealand time zone and all managed plugin updates will be run outside of business hours.

How much are Managed Plugin Updates?

Bronze Plan Silver Plan Gold Plan Platinum Plan Agency Starter Plan
Weekly update frequency $20/month $20/month Included free Included free $19/month
Daily update frequency $30/month $30/month $10/month $10/month $24/month

Prices listed are in NZ dollars and exclude GST.

Can you exclude specific plugins from managed updates?

Yes, we can toggle your managed updates on or off per plugin – just contact our support team if you wish to exclude any plugins from managed updates.

Are there any plugins you don’t update?

We can’t update any premium plugins that are missing an up-to-date license key in the WordPress admin.

We can also toggle your managed updates on or off per plugin – just contact our support team if you wish to exclude any plugins from managed updates.

Will you update premium plugins?

Yes! If your site contains premium plugins, we simple require that the license for the plugin is current.

Keep in mind, WPhost doesn’t manage license files on your behalf, you are required to keep the license keys up-to-date for any premium plugins installed on your site. Check your plugin’s documentation for more details.

Will you update my site’s theme?

We do not currently offer theme updates.

Theme updates are much more complex, with increased potential for breaking your site’s visual layout. We recommend these updates be performed by your site’s developer or someone who knows your site best. It’s common practice to update themes a few times a year at most, so it’s not as big of a concern as keeping plugins up-to-date.

Does Managed Plugin Updates support Multisite?

WPhost supports Multisite installs only with a Premium Managed Plugin Updates subscription. If you’re interested in having WPhost update plugins on your Multisite, please contact us for more information.

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