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Upgrade Your WordPress Automatically With This Plugin

written by John Chow on July 25, 2007

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Are you scare to upgrade your WordPress because you think you may mess it up and blow up your entire blog? Well, fear not because Techie Buzz has release a plugin that will upgrade your blog automatically to the latest version.

Here is what WPAU does;

1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
6. Upgrades wordpress files.
7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
8. Re-activates the 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.

For many WordPress users, this plugin may win the Plugin of The Year award. Download it here. Thanks to Blogging Tips for the heads up.

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Thomas De Maesschalck July 25, 2007 at 11:28 am

Nice plugin, makes life a bit easier hehe :razz:

MillionDollarJourney.com July 25, 2007 at 12:18 pm

I agree, nothing worse than taking down the blog to do an upgrade “hoping” that everything will work out.

Great job Technie Buzz!

Saman Sadeghi July 25, 2007 at 5:05 pm

I would be leary of this plugin – upgrading is a complicated tasks (although they’ve made it very easy) – what’s “Maintenance Mode”?

Keith Dsouza July 25, 2007 at 6:09 pm

Hi Saman,

While upgrading the site the plugin puts the site in maintenance mode so that users cannot access the site, as they may see some errors while the files are being updated.

Once the files are updated the maintenance mode automatically goes away.


BlogaDollar.com August 1, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I must say that upgrading my wordpress is something I haven’t thought about recently.
Thanks for the reminder john, and great ressource.
If you want to see my daily progression:
Greetings from France John.

cooliojones July 25, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I have been waiting since forever for a plugin like this! Great post!

Mosley July 25, 2007 at 11:33 am

I want to know how well it works. I would be afride that it would mess things up. Has anyone here tryed it yet?

John Chow July 25, 2007 at 11:38 am

Personally, I would still upgrade the fashion way but I do like how it backs up all your stuff before it upgrades.

Saman Sadeghi July 25, 2007 at 5:07 pm

I agree – it’s a great idea but I’d rather have control over a major task like upgrading.

Mybloggo July 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm

I try it out already….Cant works at final step……

Waste my time to reactivate my plugins

Mybloggo July 25, 2007 at 12:37 pm

But lucky the plugin help me backup all the old files….

Stuart Hannig July 25, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Plug in doesn’t even finish step 1 without error.

Mosley July 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for the heads up!

JW July 25, 2007 at 11:45 am

nice!! this plugin is badass!

thanks john

Aibek Esengulov July 25, 2007 at 11:53 am

excellent plugin,
I also recommend checking out
blogbackuponline.com. I have been using for a month, works awesome.

Team Tutorials July 25, 2007 at 11:53 am

Personally I use the Fantastico option from my host. Today was the first time I tried it. Everything worked fine except the dashboard, it was displaying elements form my homepage. The fix was easy though. Took me a total of 5 minutes.

Mybloggo July 25, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Will try it out……

Terra Andersen July 25, 2007 at 12:09 pm

That’s wonderful! I compltely messed up my blog a few months ago, trying to upgrade myself.. how sad. Glad this plugin does the dirty work!

The Buxr Widget July 25, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Has anyone actually tested this.. I’ve got a crap load of plugins, and have been nervous about upgrading.

Dave July 25, 2007 at 1:04 pm

I too would be interested in seeing if anybody else actually tested this out and their experience :razz:

Sue July 25, 2007 at 12:32 pm

I feel the same way! Sounds kind of too good to be true. I rather upgrade the old fashioned way too. But if this plugin will make my life easier…

Kevin July 25, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Yeah I think this plugin will be a godsend for a lot of wordpress bloggers. I wouldn’t be surprised if wordpress incoporate this or something similar into future versions of wordpress.

thatedeguy July 25, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Sounds like it’s something to look into. Could be a great tool for a lot of wordpress bloggers out there.

Sam Breadstone July 25, 2007 at 12:56 pm


RobMalon July 25, 2007 at 1:01 pm

I doubt it picks out plugin code or any extra code I’ve throwin in for that matter when it does the update. That would truly be impressive, but its wishful thinking when it comes to updating anything. Anyone who REALLY keeps up with their blog probably has a mass of plugins.

Mybloggo July 25, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Can anyone help me…….

After i upgrade by using this plugin my blog is not working and i try to upload back all the backup data but does work………..

Mybloggo July 25, 2007 at 1:15 pm


Sergio July 25, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Wow, this is awesome. I’m one of those people that hates moving server, upgrading, etc.

Dave July 25, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Lol, as opposed to the people who love to upgrade and move servers, etc?

mason July 25, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Speaking of moving servers… anyone know some good dedicated server providers?

John's Blogging Mistakes July 25, 2007 at 1:07 pm

This is awesome! I will be trying it right away, and I really hope it works as described. I have like 15 wordpress sites online, and updating them to the latest version is a nightmare!

OneYearGoal.com - $100,000 in one year July 25, 2007 at 1:25 pm

That’s just the plugin I’ve been looking for!

ms danielle July 25, 2007 at 1:30 pm

oh i need to do this :) i stumbled this page too. i am just so stumble happy lately! thanks, John!

Mybloggo July 25, 2007 at 1:32 pm

Who can help me

J.R. July 25, 2007 at 2:03 pm

That really sucks. HOw much info do you have in limbo?

Keith Dsouza July 25, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for the heads up on the plugin. There are a few bugs which users have reported to me and I have fixed most of them.

The plugin may not work on servers which have ftp and web users who are different, but I have overhauled the problem and will release a new version with lots of bug fixes in next couple of days.

If anyone have any problem please leave a comment or email me at the given address on the plugin page.


JNcool July 25, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Thanks, I’ll add to my site :)

bob cobb July 25, 2007 at 2:16 pm

Thats one of the good things that dreamhost does. I can upgrade with one click. :)

Keith Dsouza July 25, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Hi Bob Cobb,

The dreamhost does not upgrade but only allows to install a version with one click. After that you have to do manual upgrades.

Over The Web July 25, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Wow, everybody is excited O_O

Well it’s actualy a nice plugin, but I don’t think that it’s so cool:
You don’t know what will the next upgrade change in your blog so it can make troubles.
And usualy new upgrades have a lot of bugs and problems at the first steps, so that can make troubles too.

And it’s not so hard to upgrade a blog by yourself.
Just replacing new files with the old ones.

BrittMalka July 25, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Hi Mybloggo

My blog got messed up too. I fixed it by downloading the latest WordPress files – http://wordpress.org/latest.zip – manually, unzipping and uploading and then by going to mydomain/wp-admin/upgrade.php

Hope this can help you.

Keith Dsouza July 25, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Hi BrittMalka,

Can you tell me what problems you faced that your blog got messed up, any help would be great to fix the bugs.

BrittMalka July 25, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Hi Keith

Yes, but actually a lot happened.

At first, I wanted to use the automatic method, but it got stuck at step 1. So I created a folder called “wpau-backup” in the root, at CHMOD’ed to 777. This got me pass the first step, but I got stuck again later.

So I tried the manuel route, but all the time there were files that couldn’t be processed. I kept changing CHMOD for those files to 777, until I reached the end, but then I got a lot of errors, mostly from line 40 in plugin.php, if I remember right. I couldn’t get pass them, so I upgraded the way I normally would.

Well, I didn’t save any of the error messages. If you like, I can go through them again, as I still miss to upgrade one of my (many) blogs. Please write me directly in that case. You can reach me at britt ad malka dot biz.

Keith Dsouza July 25, 2007 at 3:56 pm

Hi Britt,

Thanks for the update. Those issues have fixed in the version I have right now, will release it shortly.

Thanks for your feedback. It will definitely help make this plugin more stable and better.


Dave Starr --- ROI Guy July 25, 2007 at 4:13 pm

I’m going to wait one or two more days to try this, after reading Keith’s comment … thanks, Keith.

And thanks too, John for exposing this valuable tool to the world. A lot of the readers here are going to miss the whole point, I fear. Is John dedicated to making money? Oh you bet he is, as he should be … but along the way he provides _value_ and let the money follow. What has anyone out there, moaning about their income and “why nobody clicks” done to provide value today?

AsiaPartTime July 25, 2007 at 4:45 pm

IS it that important to upgrade wordpress engine from time to time? I though it is good enuf if you stick to a wordpress. I scare to upgrade my wordpress because it is very sensitive.

Casey July 25, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Definitely downloading this plugin.

Ed July 25, 2007 at 5:31 pm

The plugin looks promising, definitely going to download.

sandossu July 25, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Definitely nice plugin

geeks-corner.com July 25, 2007 at 6:47 pm

This is definitely a great tip for wordpress users!

mason July 25, 2007 at 6:48 pm

sweet… this would have been useful a few months ago lol.

max July 25, 2007 at 7:08 pm

looks good but i think ill keep with the old way…

Webmaster Money July 25, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Well I am making my own customisations so this updates would just delet my work probably.

Matt July 25, 2007 at 10:08 pm

No way I’m trying this until a few more guinea pigs have gone in first.

Michael July 25, 2007 at 11:09 pm

I would be extremely afraid of using this until I see some success reports about it.

hombrelobo July 26, 2007 at 12:36 am

I use InstantUpgrade, which has been working great for me in 3 different WP blogs :D

luigibio July 26, 2007 at 9:29 am

hi all
I think that’s a grat idea but since it will not be perfectly tested and guaranted with no risks at all I’ll continue upgrading by hand.
just my two cents


Angel July 26, 2007 at 10:33 am

Yes, I’m seeing nothing but bad reviews mixed in there. What’s the verdict then? Not worth it?

chrisblogging.com July 26, 2007 at 11:10 am

I am definitely going to try this out. Nothing better than making things easier and less time consuming…

Hannes Johnson July 26, 2007 at 4:34 pm

Nice plug-in. But I’m not sure I’m going to use it – because I can upgrade WordPress with 1 click through Dreamhost :)

Angel July 26, 2007 at 6:39 pm

What a shame. This would have made my life a little easier if it was good.

Keith Dsouza July 26, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Hi All,

Thank you so much for pointing out bugs to me, with your help I have been able to fix all the bugs and create a new version of the plugin which works pretty fine.

You can check the latest version here.

Do let me know if you have any other issues to that I can solve them.


Sharkyx July 27, 2007 at 12:21 am

Has anyone had any successful updates with their WP blogs? I see only negative feedback. I guess it sucks big time; i’m sticking to the ol’ fashion upgrade :D

Fable July 27, 2007 at 1:45 am

Looks like a great plugin; I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks, John! :)


WordPress Guru Advice July 30, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Ah – When I see john chow calling this plugin for ‘plugin of the year’ I can’t help without smiling.

It absolutely makes no sense to upgrade ‘automatically’ to a software that is just released. For bloggers who have been developing software know the value testing. It pays.

The ease of upgrade is really one thing that would make this plugin popular. But I would advice not to upgrade automatically to any thing thats just made public. Just give it a test first , see how things are going and then upgrade.

Just to remind that wordpress has its shares of problems. Once somebody was able to gain access to their server, modified the download file and put in some garbage code. Now think what would have happend if everybody with their eyes close had this plugin and upgraded automatically.

That essentially would have given that hacker an easy access to every one who had this plugin. Obviously this plugin was not there then , but it is now.

So be sure of what you are doing before installing this plugin.

All the best.

Robert August 5, 2007 at 5:06 pm

InstantUpgrade was out months before the Techie Buzz plugin. Works perfectly. It doesn’t do the back-up part but do you need that? You should have back-ups running automatically already.