Upgrade to Latest WordPress Version Automatically

New WordPress 2.5 InterfaceWordPress 2.5.1 is available but still I procrastinated about upgrading my blog. What can I say? It seemed like a hassle to manually backup all my files and then perform the upgrade.

Always on the lookout for ways to make my life easier and more convenient, I found this nifty WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin that upgrades WordPress to the latest version automatically. Naturally I was skeptical about it actually working, and prepared for the worst! The WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin worked like a charm!

Installation of the WordPress Automatic upgrade plugin is easy!

  1. Download the wordpress-automatic-upgrade zip file to your local machine.
  2. Unzip the file.
  3. Upload wordpress-automatic-upgrade folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

Now you are ready to either step through the upgrade or let it run on its own. I decided to step through the upgrade. During the upgrade, you are asked to provide your FTP credentials — the plugin makes sure that whichever files it writes can be deleted by the user without having to contact the system administrator.

This plugin goes out and grabs the latest WordPress version from WordPress.org. You also have the option to download it prior to performing the upgrade and uploading it from your local computer. Along the way, WordPress DB backups are created which you can download to your local computer. Your blog is also placed into maintenance mode which the upgrade completes.

The WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin also deactivates all plugins. I had to reactivate all the plugins when the upgrade finished. The good news is that all my plugin settings were saved so there was nothing further to do with plugins except to reactivate.

The whole process of upgrading WordPress to 2.5 was smooth as silk with the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin. I highly recommend it if you are looking to upgrade your blog to the latest version. After upgrading to the latest WordPress version, you will get to experience the new and improved user interface, plus a bunch of new features:

  • Cleaner, faster, less cluttered dashboard
  • Dashboard Widgets
  • Multi-file upload with progress bar
  • Bonus: EXIF extraction
  • Search posts and pages
  • Tag management
  • Password strength meter
  • Concurrent editing protection
  • Friendlier visual post editor (yay!)
  • and much more!

If you don’t want to use the plugin you can always do your upgrade the “old-fashioned” way. Just visit WordPress.org’s upgrade page for instructions.

I’d love to hear about your WordPress upgrade experience!

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