Keeping your WordPress site’s backend (plugins, WordPress version, and themes) up to date can be a hassle, especially if you maintain numerous WordPress sites. For years, I wondered why WP doesn’t provide a dashboard option for automatic updating, configurable by update type (i.e., checkboxes for themes, plugins, and WordPress core software).
As it turns out, WP developers are indeed working on such a feature, though it’s unclear whether it would only be for WordPress core or for plugins and themes, as well. In the meantime, here’s a great plugin I discovered that does everything I’ve outlined above – and it’s free!
Not only are you given options as to what you want updated, but you also receive emails whenever any updates are processed (you can change communication options, including the email address to which you want those alerts sent, as well as whether you want to receive such emails at all).
It’s called, appropriately enough, Automatic Updater, and you can download it through your plugins page or right from the WordPress plugin directory. Enjoy!