When I log into my WordPress site I usually skip scrolling down the dashboard, quickly pressing either “write” or “manage”. Last night was different, as I was enjoying my hazelnut flavored java I scrolled down to see what was down below. I seldom do that, so I thought, hey… let’s see what’s down there.
One of the most popular plugin downloaded, WordPress Automatic Upgrade, has been recently updated to version 1.2. I posted about automatic upgrade plugins before (here and here), but that was about the zirona automatic upgrade tool. I am still using Zirona on most of my blogs, but also thought that you may want to know what WordPress Automatic Upgrade offers.
Here are the fixes for version 1.2:
- Fixed a major issue where plugins could not be activated, due to WP installation logging users out after upgrades.
- Fixed a issue where users were not being able to download backup files when WordPress URL and Blog URL were different.
- WordPress Automatic Upgrade will only run if your WordPress is out of date.
- WPAU now uses Snoopy to download files rather than using regular PHP methods.
- Added a WPAU Nag where users will see a message to start automatic upgrade if a new version is available.
- Automatic Upgrade option will only be visible to Administrators.
- Disabled Automated Mode.
- Few other minor changes.
And something to look out for for version 1.3:
- A better user interface including verbose output where users will see what’s being done in real time.
- Ability to skip certain tasks or run tasks on demand, so users can run file backups, database backups etc selectively.
- Ability for users to choose the language of WordPress they want to download from.
- Complete Internationalization support.
- Cleanup of code to make WPAU more faster.
I do appreciate what’s offered in version 1.2, but man, version 1.3 is something to look out for. I totally want to select what tasks are to be done by any WordPress upgrade plugin. It maybe just me, I feel helpless when I press the “upgrade” button and just watch what is being done. But I know there’s a flipside to wanting even a little control. Even so, I hope version 1.3 nails this feature spot on.