Last night I spent about half an hour upgrading four WordPress blogs using the new WordPress Automatic upgrade plugin.
WordPress Automatic Upgrade allows a user to automatically upgrade the wordpress installation to the latest one provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions.
I tried it out first on my test blog but it was so easy and quick following the instructions, I upgraded the other three.
To do a new installation of the program:
Step 1: Download the plugin from wordpress.org and unzip it.
Step 2: Upload wordpress-automatic-upgrade folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
Step 3: Activate the plugin
Step 4: Run the plugin
WordPress automatic upgrade upgrades your wordpress installation by doing the following steps which are outlined in the wordpress upgrade process:
- Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
- Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
- Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
- Puts the site in maintenance mode.
- De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
- Upgrades wordpress files.
- Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
- Re-activates the plugins. NOTE: This part of the process did NOT work for me. I had to go in and reactivate all of my plugins.
The plugin can also can be run in a automated mode where in you do not have to click on any links to go to the next step. NOTE: I did NOT run the upgrade in the automated mode.
Once I finished the process, I double checked my plugins, my theme, and the changes I had made to make sure they were all still working.
There is a FAQ section you should read first. Once the blog was updated to the latest version I then explored the new look.
NOTE: There is a problem with the Dragon Site Map Generator with the newest version of WordPress in that if you limit the number of items per page, it will not advance to the rest of the map. I changed the items per page options to 0 (unlimited) and it now works. Not an ideal solution but it works for now.
Here is a list of Themes compatible with WordPress Version 2.5.