How does WP Lookout work?

Check out this quick intro video to see WP Lookout in action:

Does WP Lookout handle theme or plugin updates for me?

No. WP Lookout is solely a tracking and alerting service, and does not handle making any actual changes to your WordPress sites There are a number of other great tools out there to help you with this, and the core WordPress software is steadily adding new features to assist with theme and plugin updates, both manual and automatic.

Is there a limit on the number of sites I can track?

No, WP Lookout’s tracking is not based on the number of sites you manage. If you use the same five plugins across one thousand sites, that’s still just five plugins that we’ll track updates for.

Will I still get update notifications if my site is down or hacked?

Yes. As long as WP Lookout already knows about the theme or plugin you wanted to track, it doesn’t matter whether it’s working on any particular site at any particular time, you can still get notifications about updates to it. Having WP Lookout be a standalone service from your actual WordPress sites ensures you’re not dependent on any particular WordPress workflow for learning about important updates.

Can’t I just turn on auto-updates and forget about all this?

Even though it’s typical to upgrade a plugin or theme without any problems for your site, we’re still talking about software that can have bugs, security vulnerabilities, performance issues or breaking changes. When you allow new versions to be installed on your site automatically, you take a risk (however small) that something won’t be as expected, and that you might not know about it until much later. This could be fine for many users, but on sites where uptime is critical, or for WordPress professionals who are responsible for the performance, stability and security of the sites they manage, it’s important to follow the details of plugin and theme updates more carefully. Read more about why you need more than just auto-updates.