Jul 16, 2008
WordPress 2.6 is available. It’s stable, overall. I experienced a couple minor bumps in the road. This is the first test drive around the blogging raceway. Overall, I’m super excited use WordPress 2.6. However, I’m ecstatic about how easy it can be to upgrade automatically to the latest version of WordPress 2.6.
WordPress Auto Upgrade (WPAU) is a plugin that REALLY works! First, WPAU sounds like the name of a Hawaiian fish. But it didn’t take any work to savor and enjoy this delicate morsel! WPAU will become my entree of choice for all future WordPress upgrades.
I was hesitant, even though @DazzlinDonna suggested it. I trust Donna’s experience, so I took it for a spin. But, I like a little code, FTPing files, seeing exactly where everything goes. Forget that stuff! WordPress upgrades? Bring them on!
WordPress Auto Upgrade is like driving with automatic transmission. WPAU is a WordPress “Wizard.” You simply need to read the screens, and click Next Task ->.
WPAU even diagnoses and tunes up WordPress. It told me I had not completed the cleanup process during the last upgrade. (That’s what I get for being my own garage mechanic.)
WordPress Auto Upgrade Wizard
You have a choice to upgrade “automatically,” but I wanted to walk through the steps.
Here’s a brief summary. (You need to first upload the WordPress Auto Upgrade plugin.)
- The Wizard does a preliminary check of your WordPress setup, then lets you know it’s ready to roll.
- Next Task -> Backs up your files! Woo Hoo!
- Next Task -> Puts the site into maintenance mode
- Next Task -> De-activates all the plugins
- Next Task -> Upgrades all the installation files
- Next Task -> Shows you the options to upload latest files
- Uploads latest version of WP.
(This version doesn’t get files from local machine. NOTE to self: Don’t bother downloading and unzipping WP files and FTPing them to server.)
- Next Task -> Reactivates all plugins
- Next Task -> Congratulations your wordpress upgrade is complete.
Downside? WordPress Auto Update has a few grammatical and capitalization errors. Just put your English Teacher’s red pen away. You can always follow WordPress’ handy 5-minute install steps, manually. But why?
Why Upgrade to WordPress 2.6?
Read the WordPress Blog, and/or watch the video to see that it offers bloggers new features that make WordPress more powerful.
- Skip in time to earlier post revisions* and restore.
- Drag and drop links to bookmarks bar.
- Grab text, pull quote out and easily embed video.
- Add captions to images, right below picture! (See above.)
- Test how a new theme will look on your blog before commiting to it.
- Gears – store WordPress images, scripts, CSS on your computer locally which significantly speeds up time if you’re on a slow connection.
You can now track changes to your post and restore to a previous version. This was huge. I had an issue when toggling into HTML view and lost my first 4 paragraphs. Ugh! Then autosave disabled Cntl+Z for undo. OUCH! I scrolled down to the bottom, viewed the revision 3 minutes earlier. Deep breath and sigh of relief.
Next task on the list is to figure out how to shift Gears to turbo-speed blogging mentioned above. But wait, it’s Google; I’ll pull into the pit on that one and wait it out.
You’d better check your plugins, too! I feel sorry for those who develop and support WordPress plugins. Imagine the work each time a new version is launched! Joost de Valk, Mr. WordPress Plugin Extraordinaire, has been busy. Check out his updated plugins for WordPress. There’s a new one, too, I’ll have to checkout.
Have fun! Blogging with WordPress is almost automated! However, you still need to sit behind the wheel and drive and steer your blog in the direction you want to go.