I have taken over a website and it seems the plugin and core updates have been hidden.

I have checked the wp-config:

define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );

and functions.php (for anything along these lines)

function remove_core_updates()

and checked there are no plugins which would do this.

I also did a manual update but it broke the website.

Is there anything I've missed?


ok so i tried a manual install on live and got an error in the wp-includes/load.php i had to do a restore from the host but it still means i am unable to update.


  • Have you done the basics? Eg. check that you have proper Administrator permissions and then try disabling plugins one by one and switch to a different theme? That should help you isolate the issue... Jul 16, 2019 at 1:23
  • The core files had been changed - i did a manual install of wordpress and they're back. Wordfence had thrown up some core changes which was a red flag anyway.
    – anna
    Jul 18, 2019 at 8:57


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