If you are already using the iThemes Security Pro plugin for site security on any of your Child Sites then you can use a built-in module to control automatic updates on your Child Site(s).
The module is called “Version Management” which will give you control over automatic updates for WordPress core, plugins, and themes.
The version management comes in handy if the site has a limited stack of installed plugins and includes mostly the static content without a lot of common breaking changes.
Version Management in iThemes Security Pro
You can find the module from the following admin menu item;
Security > Settings > Features > Site Check
In the custom option for plugins and themes, you can select which plugins and themes would automatically update, which should not, and set a delay before there is a new version for a plugin or theme to be automatically updated.
If you have had experience issues updating specific plugins then it’s better to set a 2 or 3-day delay on that plugin.
This would be where a major plugin update might cause an issue on the site but the bug fix released the same day or the next day would fix the bug that was introduced in the major plugin update.
Do you know you can control iThemes security settings of all your Chil Sites directly from the MainWP Dashboard? Or, if you are using any other WordPress security plugin, head over to our Security solutions.