Remove /wordpress/ folder inside .zip-file
It is a really bad practice to have a folder as the first level inside a zip-file and I would like to see it removed.
As it is now, this subfolder forces a lot of people to accept WordPress in this subfolder even if they would like it to be in root or a different named folder.
It also creates big problems updating a non-standard installation because it is inflexible.
By removing this folder you make it possible to just upload the zip-file to the folder you are using as WordPress folder and unzip it there. Done.
This way you give us a chance to decide what folder to use or even put it in root. It does not really matter if anyone out there think it would be good practice to do it otherwise. This is a choice that should be up to the person installing it, not to the person packing the zip-file.
Is it that hard to rename a folder or move it's contents?
I think the reason it was put in a folder is because not many people can or know how to unzip a file on the server. The average user is going to be extracting the file on their computer then uploading. The fastest and most natural way to extract locally is to drag the folder from the zip to the desktop or a temp folder.
Why call it wordpress and not "blog" like it will be on the server? A lot of people will try several programs first before deciding on one. That leaves our average user with several folders on their desktop, but they can't all be named "blog".
I'd actually like to see the version added to the folder name in the zip.
I like the folder for local archive extraction. I simply rename it to the relevant latest version. I guess it wouldn't be too hard to unzip locally, and re-zip without the base folder, if you want to then extract a single uploaded archive on the server. But for me, I want to keep the folder as it is!
When you get the zipped file, it should be in a directory 'wordpress'. When you're uploading with FTP, just upload all the files and folders underneath that directory.
Why not? This is by convention, if not standard, used by open source communities.
Removing the wordpress folder inside the .tar.gz/.zip archive would drive me crazy and many others crazy when we unpack the archive directly on the desktop!
This very much depends on one's workflow. I, like many others here apparently, don't mind the archive unzipping itself in a separate folder; it's easy to drag the contents to the right place. Because WP has so many files in the root folder (too many, I'd say), it might be confusing if it unpacked in the current folder.
I'm with hkan. I hate untarring a package only to have it splatter all over the current directory when I expect it to create a directory just like 90% of other packages do.
Agree with those uncomfortable with files unzipping all over the target directory (desktop, root, etc.)
However, when I DO want to have wordpress (1) in a root folder, I just drag the files to the root folder, and (2) when I need it in the directory other than wordpress, e.g. root/somename-other-than-wp, I simply rename it to that name, and update the wp-config.php with appropriate info.
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