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Great Milestone In WordPress Innovation

012_19.gifI’ve been watching this [tag-tec]plugin[/tag-tec] closely but decided not to write about it on initial release. [tag-tec]WordPress Automatic Upgrade[/tag-tec] Plugin sounds like a superb idea and one that will become a true life saver for many bloggers but …

Early releases usually have issues and bugs and this one wasn’t an exception 🙂 . Hint: Anytime you decide to try a new plugin that updates database or modifies tables – be 100% sure you have a good backup or you will get burned! But looks like Keith (author) was able to act on reports from early adopters and address the issues, so it is time to let you know about it.

What WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin does?

In a nutshell- it upgrades your [tag-tec]WordPress[/tag-tec] blog to the latest files available from And what I like the most that it runs checks to estimate if this upgrade in place is even possible for your specific installation. I personally think it can be a great time saver especially when you need to upgrade several blogs due to a newly discovered bug or security issues that affects you.

One main requirement for this plugin is that you have ready your FTP access credentials ready. It uses ftp protocol to get the files as in some cases your host doesn’t allow user under which credentials your site is run under to download files direct. Actually quite good idea and this is one of the fixes implemented in new version.

Should You Use It?

This answer is really up to you. I’m still holding out on it and want to give it a few more days to see what problems will be reported by the early users of this plugin and then perhaps dive in with my development site.

Word of caution: If you decide to install WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin make absolutely sure to backup you files and database prior to do the install. You want to be sure that you have a way out if run into any major issues.

Where Do I get It?

Visit the author’s blog to download your WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin and to keep an eye for possible issues by following comments. Enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Great Milestone In WordPress Innovation”

  1. TheSpot-er says:

    Thanks Keith!

    That is great info .. I might have missed it 🙂


  2. Keith Dsouza says:


    Thanks for writing about this plugin. One thing I would like to add is that before even upgrading the wordpress installation the plugin backs up both the current files as well as the database and allows it to be downloaded by the user.

    Other than that I would be looking out for any more bugs reported and fix them as soon as I can.


  3. I think it’s an awesome idea…but as I reviewed the page…there are an awful lot of problems that people are encountering and I don’t see any support on the actual site…now maybe the developer is actually replying privately…but I think that makes the job tougher because others can get value on their own issues when duplicating what is said.

    A MOST recent comment really bugged me and so I’m not sure the WordPress world is really ready for this plug-in:

    July 29, 2008


    I just tried it and it completely screwed my database. I lost all my comments (thousands), categories, and it seems to have screwed up other aspects of my database. Trying to click on any link brings you to an endless loop.

    Try it at

    The backup files are also corrupt! I cannot unzip them because of this.

    I tried emailing the person noted as the designer, but this email fails!

    So I am dying here and nothing I can do about it.

    Beware of this software.

    I don’t think I would want this activated on my blog.

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  4. TheSpot-er says:


    People have different experiences. I have upgraded several blogs using this plugin and NO ISSUES.

    In video I provided to the w2.0w customers I show exactly how I do it on live blog. the issues are generally related to other plugins not being compatible with latest version of WP and not the way WAU functions.

    But that is just my personal experience.

    Anyway, as far as I know – WP dev group has it in plans to add automatic core upgrade to 2.7 🙂