WordPress itself cannot sent a notification of available WordPress updates but in this tutorial I'm going to show you how you can easily add that feature. We are going to use a free plugin that is very simple to set up.
Install Notification plugin
To send an email notification of available WordPress updates you need the free Notification plugin. It's a simple plugin that allows you to send an email alert with any custom content.
Go ahead to your admin area into Plugins -> Add New and search for the "Notification" plugin. Always install the one on a vivid green background. After installation, activate the plugin.
Add new Notification
In your WordPress admin menu you should notice new "Notifications" item. Select the "Add new Notification" link to start creating your alert.
One thing that you should know about the title is that it's visible only to you.
Select your trigger
Next, you should select the available WordPress updates trigger from the Trigger dropdown. This is your specific action for this notification. As you can see the Notification plugin supports a bunch of them!
Every single trigger has his own set of dynamic tags called Merge Tags. These are replaced with your real content when alert is submitted. You can read more how the Merge Tags works.
Set the Subject line
You can provide the subject using any Merge Tags you like.
Write the email body
The body will be sent as the HTML message so you can format it freely with active links, bolds etc. You can use the Merge Tags as well!
Set up the recipients
Your email can be sent to anyone and the list is unlimited. Just select your recipient type and adjust the setting.
Selecting "Email / Merge Tag" you can use one of the Merge Tags available for your trigger.
Save the email notification
Just click the "Save" button and your notification is rock&rolling!
Now it's the best time to add some more notifications!