I maintain a couple of wordpress sites, and I rarely want to spend time keeping them up to date. I use this permissions script https://www.devinhoward.ca/technology/2014/mar/wordpress-permissions-sc… though, which disallows Wordpress's normal auto-update mechanism. This vastly increases the security, which is worth it, but I need another way to auto-update.
So I use this script, along with the excellent command line tool wp-cli: https://wp-cli.org
Here is the script:
#!/bin/bash WP_ROOT="$1" # e.g. /home/devinhoward/wordpress WEBSITE="$2" # e.g. https://wordpress.devinhoward.ca WP_CMD=/usr/local/bin/wp cd $WP_ROOT $WP_CMD core check-update | grep -v 'WordPress is at the latest version' $WP_CMD plugin status | grep '^ U' $WP_CMD theme status | grep '^ U' CHANGED='' CORE_OUTPUT=$($WP_CMD core check-update | grep -v 'WordPress is at the latest version') if [[ -n "$CORE_OUTPUT" ]]; then CORE_UP_OUTPUT=$($WP_CMD core update | grep -v 'Success: WordPress is up to date.') echo $CORE_UP_OUTPUT git add -A . git commit -m "$(echo "$CORE_UP_OUTPUT" | head -n1)" CHANGED=changed fi PLUGIN_OUTPUT=$($WP_CMD plugin status | grep '^ U') if [[ -n "$PLUGIN_OUTPUT" ]]; then $WP_CMD plugin update --all | grep -v 'Success: Updated 0/0 plugins.' git add -A . git commit -m " $PLUGIN_OUTPUT" CHANGED=changed fi # # Theme updates are too scary, otherwise you could add a section here. # # create a textual verification that the website actually still renders if [[ -n "$CHANGED" ]]; then COMMAND="pandoc -f html -t markdown $WEBSITE" echo "$COMMAND yields: " $COMMAND fi
- I keep my wordpress websites under version control via git. You can remove the four lines that use git if you don't do this.
- The last section uses pandoc to verify the site still renders. I have never experienced my site not rendering, but when cron sends me an email it's a nice reassurance. If you don't have pandoc, you can remove this section as well as the "CHANGED" variable.
- Finally, here's the crontab line I use to run this every day at 1am (it should be on one line):
00 01 * * * /usr/local/bin/check-wp-updates.sh /home/devinhoward/wordpress https://wordpress.devinhoward.ca \ | mail -E -s "Automatic Wordpress Updates" email@example.com