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Why Subversion is not a complete way to update WordPress (6 posts)

  1. techtangerine
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I believe that Subversion is still more of a Developer tool, and despite having the potential to replace FTP, still needs to grow up.

    The following post details me views:
    http://www.techtangerine.com/2012/01/29/why-subversion-is-not-a-complete-way-to-update-wordpress/

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    In short, I feel that installing and updating additional themes and plugins should not be so hard with Subversion.

    There is a lot to accomplish by completely automating Subversion.

  2. fonglh
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Since you're already typing commands to the server, why not use wget and unzip to download themes and plugins?

    That way there's no need to download them to your computer before uploading them again to the server.

    Also, with the right permissions, casual users can update everything by clicking around in the admin interface. There's no need for them to dabble with this stuff.

  3. techtangerine
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Since you're already typing commands to the server, why not use wget and unzip to download themes and plugins?

    That way there's no need to download them to your computer before uploading them again to the server.

    Also, with the right permissions, casual users can update everything by clicking around in the admin interface. There's no need for them to dabble with this stuff.

    The whole idea is type minimal commands. With wget, things get out of hand when it comes to updating plugins.

    I understand that everything can be managed via the dashboard, but thats not the case when it comes to some servers that do not allow Safe mode to be disabled. Also, FTP connections are insecure.

    I still see potential in Subversion, however with some streamlining.

    There is a move towards Subversion among the more advanced WordPress users. I am trying to understand whats in there for the casual user and how it can be improved.

  4. The crux of that post, to me, is this:

    While updating WordPress through SVN is a breeze, the same does not apply to updating (or installing) additional themes and plugins.

    SVN is fine for WordPress core, but no, I don't use it for themes and plugins. I use the built in auto-update tools for that.

  5. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I use svn externals on a couple of sites for updating themes and plugins as well as core. Works fine. I detail a method of doing this here:

    http://ottopress.com/2011/creating-a-wordpress-site-using-svn/

  6. techtangerine
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the link...posted to article.

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