Managed Plugin Updates: Plugins tab

Updated on February 21st, 2023

View update history, toggle updates on and off for specific plugins, and configure site-specific settings for Managed Plugin Updates directly from the Plugins tab of a site’s dashboard.

You can access the Plugins tab from a site’s dashboard.

  1. Click Sites in the main menu of your Flywheel dashboard.
  2. Click on the site you wish to manage to open its dashboard, then click the Plugins tab.


If you haven’t enabled Managed Plugin Updates, the Plugins tab on your Flywheel dashboard will look a bit different. Check out this help doc to explore the standard Plugins tab view!


In the History area, you’ll see a list of the previous updates completed and the status of each.


Click Go to Report to review the plugins updated during the round.

Status Key

Updated successfully You’re good to go! Your plugin has been updated to the latest version with no issues or errors.
Failed This plugin update has failed, and we may need your help to resolve it. You can reply to the support ticket we automatically create by clicking the Contact Us button in the red banner at the top of your screen.
Inaccessible This is typically due to a license issue on a paid plugin. Please check to see if your license is out of date and update it or manually update the plugin.
No update available This plugin is already running the latest version as of the time we ran plugin updates on your site.


The Plugins area displays every plugin installed on your site, which plugins are active/inactive, and when the last successful update was completed.

The update toggle can be used to prevent specific plugins from being updated. On means Flywheel will update the plugin, Off means, we won’t!


All plugins will be updated by default, so if there’s one you’d like us to skip, be sure to toggle it off here.

If you’d like to exclude a specific plugin from being updated across multiple sites at once, visit the All Plugins tab on the Managed Plugin Updates Add-on page.


MPU’s Vulnerabilities section works hand in hand with Plugin Security Alerts to keep you in the loop about any at-risk plugins. Click Vulnerability details to view additional info from WPScan, and click Update in WP Admin to log into the site to perform updates.


Plan owners and Org members (but not collaborators) can access the Settings area to schedule updates, get notifications, and manage maintenance mode preferences.

If a collaborator needs access to MPU settings you will need to create an Organization and allow that collaborator access. To set up an Organization check out this help doc.


Scheduled dates and times for updates may be interrupted causing the updates to be applied outside of the scheduled time. If this happens, you will receive a notification from Flywheel that the issue is being investigated. A support member will reach out to you if any action is needed on your end.

Update Timing

Your timezone Choose your timezone
What timeframe should we run your updates in? Select the time that works best for you
How often should we run updates (if there is an update available)? Choose from Daily or Weekly update frequency
Would you like to choose a specific day for your weekly updates? For weekly updates, choose a particular day
Which day would you like us to schedule your weekly updates? Choose from Sunday through Saturday


What do you want to be notified about? Failures only or Successes and Failures
Who should we notify if we need your assistance troubleshooting this site? Choose the site Owner or any Collaborators.

Maintenance Mode

Put the site in maintenance mode when updating plugins? If selected, site visitors will see an “Undergoing maintenance” page during plugin updates.


If you’re looking to manage your default settings, refer to this help doc.

Navigate to your site’s WordPress admin area

You can always manage your plugins directly from the WordPress admin area by clicking the WP Admin button on the Flywheel dashboard, or by clicking the 3 dot menu and selecting WP-Admin Plugins.


If you have changed or customized your WordPress admin URL to something other than the standard /wp-admin, you may run into a missing link error and will need to manually navigate to your custom login page.

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