WordPress Core Update is Not Possible – Update WordPress Automatically & Manually

Can Not Update WordPress Automatically?

It may happen that a new WordPress version has been released, but your WordPress website still shows you an old version and does not offer you to update WordPress automatically to the latest version.

This article described three possible ways how to solve the issue when you can not update WordPress automatically:

  • Disable hosting specific mu-plugin (gd-system-plugin) on the staging site
  • Switch to the default theme and disable all plugins on the staging site
  • Update WordPress manually

Usually, you can force WordPress to look for a new WordPress version by using the link. Dashboard > Updates

If this does not show you a new WordPress version, and you still can not update WordPress automatically, it’s possible that one of the plugins or some code in the WordPress theme prevents the updater from connecting to wordpress.org servers and from looking for a new WordPress version.

Steps to Fix WordPress automatic updates

  • Check out if there is a file like wp-content/mu-plugins/gd-system-plugin.php

This is a must-use service plugin added by the hosting provider GoDaddy. This plugin disables automatic WordPress core updates and needs to be disabled. Make a backup of the entire folder and delete the subfolder /gd-system-plugin and the file gd-system-plugin.php

(It may also be possible that your hosting provider creates another service plugin. So please make a backup of that plugin folder as well and then delete it)

Go to Dashboard > Updates and start the search for a new WordPress core update again.

If this still does not show the latest WordPress version, switch over to the WordPress default theme and disable all WordPress plugins.

Disable all WordPress Plugins and Switch to the Default Theme

Click again on and force WordPress to look for the latest WordPress version!

If this does not show the new WordPress version in the updater either, automatic updates are likely disabled in the WordPress config file wp-config.php at all or are generally disabled by your hosting provider.

In that case, you will need to update WordPress manually!

How to Manually Update WordPress:

Update WordPress Manually

Updated on May 15, 2021