Failing updates, but not really

A couple months ago I posted saying 1 site in 32 wouldn’t take updates from MainWP. It was thought that it was a PHP timeout, or memory problem. I monkeyed with those values and it didn’t help. In fact, I’m up to about 6 sites now that won’t take updates. Or, at least when I hit the “Update all xxxx” button, I get red x’s by 6 or so of the 35 sites in MainWP. The odd thing is, though, that if I sync my sites immediately after, the updates appear to have taken. I have verified by logging into a site’s Dashboard and watching. Even though MainWP says no joy, the updates happen just like they should.

Pretty much every site I add now has this problem. I have disabled the plugin and enabled the plugin, I have changed the security key, I have dropped the number of requests and all that in MainWP’s settings to not more than double the default values (I used to have many of them sky high to speed things up)… Nothing seems to make a difference.

Not sure what else to try. All my plugins are up to date as far as MainWP and MainWP Child. All the sites are hosted on the same server. All the sites are running PHP 7.4.x.

Any thoughts?

HI Fotan,

When running updates, it is possible that request from your dashboard gets blocked or terminated on the child site side so the Dashboard doesn’t get positive feedback about finished updates and it shows red x.

Are these sites that show this problem all on the same server or across different servers/hosts?
Is there something else in common, like some security or caching plugin?

I don’t think so. All the sites are on the same server with the same settings in Wordfence. No additional security plugins.

What about server-side firewall?

Have you noticed that this happens with any/all plugins or just specific plugins?

I’m assuming it’s not a server-side thing because there are about 30 sites on the same server that don’t have the problem.

Every plugin and theme that I have tried to update so far.

Hi @fotan,

Thanks for verifying that.

Can you please post the community system report from your MainWP Dashboard for review? The report is located in your Dashboard under Status → Server, on the top right of the page.

Be sure to use the button like the one below; this button hides all your private information:


Pressing the button auto-copies the report to your clipboard then just paste it in a reply here.

The memory limit is actually set to 1024 in cPanel

### Server Info                    Required                                               Detected                                     Status   ###

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We’ve had this same issue for ages. Did contact support about it but didn’t really get anywhere from memory. It seems to be better than it was with the last couple of updates but still fails from time to time.

Hi @fotan,

I see that you have custom values set in the MainWP > Settings > Advanced Options.
The issue that you experience could easily be caused when there is too many requests and server can’t process them.

Can you try to restore default values in the Advanced settings and see how it goes over the next couple of days?

Hi @oliver.nash,

Issues like this can be caused by many different reasons. If you still can duplicate it, please let us know and we will help with troubleshooting. For the start, can also post the community system report from your MainWP Dashboard for review? The report is located in your Dashboard under Status → Server, on the top right of the page.

Be sure to use the button like the one below; this button hides all your private information:


Pressing the button auto-copies the report to your clipboard then just paste it in a reply here.

I’ll give it a shot, but the values you’re seeing are actually already dialed back from what they used to be and I never used to have this problem. I guess we have had a major version release though, so maybe everything is just a little different.

I just put everything back to default and the same sites are failing on a plugin update.


Yes, we have this and randomly ‘disconnected’ sites since the start and never got to a solution with MainWP support.
It is a pain one learns to live with.

We often see that clicking ‘update all’ works better than going into the update pages and doing it from there (go figure). Also, any disconnected site (update page: HTTP Response Check Results) showing in red may not seem up when using the recheck (and you have to do 1 by 1 anyway) but going to each sites own page and doing a reconnect there almost always works … for a bit.

We’ve never been able to figure out what creates the ‘randomness’ of this but it does seem MainWP based (as sites may connect and update perfectly 1 day, not the next and perfect again the next. Our servers luckily don’t change that much that often :wink:

Let me know as well if you ever find a real solution :slight_smile:

Hi @fotan,

If you are still experiencing the reported issue, please feel free to reach out via support ticket so we can check this further.

Hi @SuppY,

Can you also open a helpdesk ticket so we can collect additional info and check what is going on?

Dear Bogdan,
As mentioned, we already tried that and it went nowhere so we learned to live with the inconvenience for now.
Thanks anyway but no thanks

Hi @SuppY, I really hope that the issue on your setup will resolve with the future update. If you change your mind, feel free to reach out, I will be happy to check this again.

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