I always look forward to the latest and greatest WordPress release. They add cool new features like the ability to easily embed videos, or improved revision control.
But this time, I think they may have dropped the ball. I just don’t think the world is ready for automatic updates.
Personally, I like to be around to watch an update happen. I like to read about the update first, so I know what to expect. I sometimes like to wait a few days to give plugin authors a chance to update their scripts. But most importantly, I want to know immediately if an update fails, or worse, breaks my site.
Automatic updates does not give me the option to do any of that, and worse, WordPress does not make it easy to turn automatic updates off.
That said, I think it might be a good idea for some site owners who tend not to update (or even visit their sites) at all, and whose sites are small and uncomplicated. That’s not me, so I’ll be installing this plugin on all my blogs to turn this feature off.
Want more details about this new feature? Lynette Chandler has a great write up over at TechBasedMarketing.com.