How long do auto-updates take to get a plugin to the latest version?

If you’re using auto-updates in WordPress, it’s easy to assume that the process of getting a theme or plugin on your site to the latest available version is instantaneous. The reality is that it can take anywhere from a few minutes to 12 hours or more for the new version to be installed on your site after it becomes publicly available. In the context of a security update, this could feel like a long time.

In this post, WP Lookout founder Chris Hardie breaks down the technical details of how auto-updates are initiated and what factors affect the timing of updates being applied to a WordPress site:

If you want to make sure you know about the details of a theme or plugin release as soon as they’re available, start using WP Lookout today.