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It is no longer possible. WordPress automatically installs maintenance and security fixes regardless if you want it or not. However, it is possible to switch off upgrading to a new version. Go to the WordPress dashboard and click Updates.
Switch to automatic updates for maintenance and security releases only.
If you see this link, it means WordPress is currently in automatic upgrade mode.
Enable automatic updates for all new versions of WordPress.
If you see this link, WordPress is currently in maintenance and security fix mode.
There are several ways to backup a WordPress website.
The first and most common way is using the backup capability of your hosting service. Hosting services usually offer 30-day backups. It doesn’t require installing a plugin.
Another method is a backup plugin, which backs up your site in a single click. One such plugin is WPvivid, which can be downloaded from the WordPress repository.
My favorite backup plugin is Duplicator, and it is also an excellent tool for migration. To perform back up on a scheduled basis, you need the Pro (paid) version. Duplicator Pro backups the WordPress core files, which means in case of a total disaster and you need to restore your WordPress completely. Create a new website and copy the two Duplicator files by cPanel file manager or upload by FTP. Then go to your browser and run the PHP file from your backup. The restore wizard asks you to enter the database name, database user, and password and does some health checks. Duplicator will run and restore your WordPress website fully.
All of these methods will create a complete backup that includes your plugins, themes, and content. It is essential to keep in mind the size of your site before you decide which method to use, as this can affect how long it takes