I just noticed that one of my client's WordPress websites on my shared hosting account automatically updated itself to WordPress 4.6. I cannot find anything in WordPress that is triggering this, so I suspect that it's GoDaddy's Installatron.
If it is, how can I turn automatic updates OFF?
Assuming you're using CPanel, once logged in, click on the "Installatron Application" button, then click the edit icon for your WordPress installation, find the "Automatic Update" section, and select the "Do not automatically update" option. Once you have done that, it wouldn't hurt to also review the other settings in the automatic updates section, then scroll down and click the Save All button.
I just noticed one of my production sites updating to 4.7 automatically. Before the staging one did. It would be ideal to manage how the autoupdate features works in Managed WordPress. Ideally I'd like the staging site to update so it can be reviewed before a production site is automatically updated. Anyone from Managed WordPress reading this? @RachelM could you ping someone in that team?
This is related to your discussion. I just noticed today that I see an error on my PRODUCTION site that says:
"An automated WordPress update has failed to complete! Please notify the site administrator."
This relates to what appears to be the 4.7.1 update. This has *not* occurred on either my staging or production site.
How do I force the update?
I too like @Alex-NewPath think an iterative/sequenced update process, starting at the staging site would be very beneficial to all users?
That error is something that was triggered by WordPress core files attempting to update themselves. It doesn't reflect a failed update attempt on our behalf. However, we are currently pushing out updates to 4.7.1 on the Managed WordPress platform. The update should be deployed to all accounts by early next week.