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Confusion with How to Use WPAU Plugin

Posted on | February 27, 2009 | No Comments

Unbelievably, I had figured out what was wrong with WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin (WPAU).  Arriving at my dashboard, I had noticed the alert saying “WP 2.7.1 upgrade”.  Then I first applied WPAU 1.2 in hoping that it automatically upgraded my SSW Blog.

Regardless of several attempts to use WPAU, I had found some error messages saying upgrade was failed as though the dashboard had indicated WP version 2.7.1. In my mind I was getting tired of trying to play guess game on how to resolve the error messages. I had decided to take a break from this blog as you lately noticed that I had not been blogging for a while.

When I was ready to put my head into this upgrade problem I had searched everywhere and verified every file in the FTP local and remote servers in order to make sure all files were updated. As well I had to match files with WP core files and found everything looked fine. Until I finally found several steps where I had overlooked to undertake in order to upgrade, there are two missing steps: one plugin for WPAU’s new upgrade from version 1.2 to 1.5.2 and secondly, some old cache files under the folder, wp-content where I would have gotten rid of old zip files.

I had upgraded WP core files to remote file to ensure that there were no corrupted files excluding database, plugins, and themes. As a result, SSW blog is currently upgraded after using WPAU 1.2.5 again to automatically upgrade it to WP 2.7.1.

It is not simple but it is due to poor instructions and vague guideline as provided by WordPress as same with WPAU author. I was relieved about this complicated job to handle but it took me about five hours from the beginning to completion of my task just for upgrading this blog platform.

My suggestion to WordPress.org is to provide two separate instructions for the full package and upgrade from which version (to be specific like 2.5 or prior) for download. I had searched for specific version and couldn’t find the right version but somehow I had to download the full package.

My second suggestion to WPAU is that the author or programming writers should enable upgrade version on the Manage Plugins as it is easier for us to notice the alerts of any new versions necessary for upgrade. Why not using upgrade button direct from the Manage Plugins box when being deactivated or activitated and otherwise, in place of “Settings” .

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