See a walkthrough of our delightfully-designed WordPress platform!

Watch the video

Help articles Frequently Asked

How does Flywheel deal with updates to the WordPress core?

By default, Flywheel automatically updates customer sites to the latest version of the WordPress core—although you may opt out of major version updates.

Maintaining a current and up-to-date core is one of the most important things you can do to keep your site free from malicious activity and malware, and Flywheel has you covered!


Security release updates (e.g. 4.7 to 4.7.1) are automatically started within 24-72 hours of release and are installed as soon as possible.

In the case of a security release, we install the release as soon as possible due to the often-critical nature of the fixes. You will receive an email when this update is complete. Again, due to the critical nature, we cannot defer these installations or allow you to remain on the previous version.

Major releases are automatically upgraded within two weeks after release.
Users have the option to upgrade themselves anytime after the official release.

Major WordPress releases are rolled out roughly two weeks after their official release. As these are typically much more invasive and often involve breaking changes. We want to be sure to give users plenty of time to test and try out this version to ensure that it works.


Because Flywheel handles updates for you, you cannot run updates from within the WordPress backend like you might on other hosts or on a local setup. Instead, you can check to see if you’re running the most recent version of WordPress by going to the “Advanced” tab for your site in the Flywheel dashboard:You’ll know you’re good to go if you see the version in green.

When an updated version is available, we will send an email to let you know, and will also let you know on what date your site will be updated automatically.

If you’d like to manually upgrade your site during this period, you may do so by visiting the “Advanced” tab for your site in the Flywheel control panel:Click the “Upgrade” button and your site will be queued for upgrade. This process typically takes a few minutes, during which time your site may be unavailable.

As with everything on Flywheel, if you have any questions or issues regarding automatic core upgrades, Flywheel support is here to help!

Was this article helpful?

  • Billing & Accounts

    Questions relating to payments, billing and managing your account on Flywheel.

    14 Articles
  • Blueprints

    Learn everything there is to know about what Blueprints are, how to create them and how to make the best use of them.

    5 Articles
  • Database

    How to access your WordPress database to make changes and update content.

    3 Articles
  • Domain Names

    Details about how to manage DNS and point your domain names at Flywheel.

    16 Articles
  • Frequently Asked

    The most commonly asked questions, and a few we just think you should know.

    26 Articles
  • General Questions

    Questions that don't fit elsewhere, or those about Flywheel in general.

    59 Articles
  • Getting started

    Everything you need to know to get your first Flywheel site up and running.

    17 Articles
  • Local

    Everything you need to know about our amazing, free local WordPress development software for Mac and PC.

    20 Articles
  • Organizations

    Everything you need to know about managing your team with our Organizations feature.

    8 Articles
  • Plugins

    Which plugins work best, which plugins work worst, and everything in between.

    8 Articles
  • Security

    Details about everything Flywheel does to makes your site so secure.

    16 Articles
  • SFTP

    Information on setting up and troubleshooting with SFTP connections and file transfers.

    5 Articles
  • Simple SSL

    All there is to know about our free, automatically installed and activated SSL certificates.

    8 Articles
  • Staging

    How to get the most out of Staging, which allows you to duplicate a site, make changes, and then push those changes to the live site.

    6 Articles
  • White Label

    Everything you need to know about our Whitelabel subscriptions for branding and reselling Flywheel.

    3 Articles

Flywheel help

Help is just a click away! Log into the Flywheel dashboard to instantly chat with an expert, open a ticket, or follow along with in-depth documentation. We happily offer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Log in

Try it yourself. It's free & takes less than 60 seconds. Sign up