WordPress version 2.7.1 was released this week. If youâ€™re running the immediate prior version 2.7, you now have a built-in option to automatically upgrade your installation with literally one click to the latest version 2.7.1.
So no more manual work â€“ no downloading a zip or tar.gz file, extracting the files somewhere on your computer, reading the WordPress upgrade installation guide, backing up up your database, logging in to your server via FTPâ€¦ no, no more of that. No need for a plugin, either, as all you need now is within the core of WordPress itself.
Just one click and youâ€™re in business.
Is it really that simple?
On the face of it, it is. With each new version of WordPress that adds functionality and improves itself as a robust application, the developers have evolved it to the extent that it is easy to perform tasks that in earlier days required a wholly manual process and some not inconsiderable technical knowledge and skill.
I have to say, though, that when I get down this weekend to upgrading my various blogs â€“ about half a dozen in total â€“ to this latest WordPress version, I wonâ€™t be using the built-in WordPress upgrader.
Instead, Iâ€™ll continue to use the DreamHost 1-Click install, a service provided by my hosting service.
The reason for me is one of trust and confidence. Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t trust nor lack confidence in WordPress. Far from it. Itâ€™s just that I have complete confidence in DreamHostâ€™s 1-Click system based on experiences over the past few years where it just works, seamlessly and reliably. Plus it backs up your entire WordPress installation so in the event of disaster, recovery is quick and easy.
Iâ€™m sure the built-in WordPress upgrade is good. Yet I donâ€™t know anyone who has used that function without some pain.
However you upgrade your WordPress installation, whether the manual way or with one automatic click, you should still follow the advice in the WordPress upgrade guide on things like backing up your database.
As for me, Iâ€™ll be following my 6-step upgrade procedure:
- Back up the WordPress MySQL database.
- Disable all plugins (yes, every single one) and revert the theme to the WordPress default aka Kubrick.
- Run DreamHost 1-Click and wait for email confirmation that the upgrade has been done.
- Log in to the blog and re-enable the two most important plugins: Akismet and Bad Behaviour, the first line of defence against the spammers and other bad guys.
- Re-enable the usual theme.
- Re-activate all my other plugins one by one, testing after each one to be sure they work (hereâ€™s a list of the plugins I have running, all of which work with 2.7 and which I expect to do so with 2.7.1).
You could easily substitute â€˜WordPress automatic updateâ€™ for â€˜DreamHost 1-Clickâ€™ in step 3.
It really is that simple and straightforward. Steps 1 to 3 should take no longer than 15 minutes. Step 6 is more time consuming but worth the effort in case a plugin breaks your blog.
How are you planning to upgrade your WordPress?