WordPress Automatic Plugin and Theme Updates – Should You Use Them?
WordPress 5.5, released on August 11 2020, has introduced a new feature: enabling automatic plugin and theme updates.
Automatic minor updates for WordPress Core (for example, from WordPress 5.4 to 5.4.1) have been around since WordPress 3.7, but having this option for plugins and themes is a new feature.
Up until now, updating plugins and themes has worked like this:
1. Assuming you have administrator access to WordPress, when plugin or theme updates are available, you’re notified in the admin bar.
2. To see the full list of updates, go to Dashboard > Updates.