WordPress has angered users after an All in One SEO plugin unexpectedly turned on automatic updates – leading numerous sites to experience outages. The mishap is another embarrassing incident for the website builder, following several security scares last year.
Normally, automatic updates are something that WordPress publishers have to opt into, with many instead choosing to backup their sites before committing to a manual update. That way, should anything go wrong with an update, publishers can simply roll back to the previous iteration.
However, one eagle-eyed WordPress user noticed that the All in One SEO plugin turned on automatic updates without notifying the user, aside from a brief mention in the changelog. The plugin led to a lot of discussion on WordPress user forums, with many noting that other plugins also enabled automatic updates without much in the way of user notification.
One particularly angry WordPress user advised users to migrate their WordPress…