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  • I’ve attempted to upgrade two different wordpress installs on my server (one at the root –, and one in a different folder acting as a root directory for a different domain –, and neither has worked automatically. They both fail at the same spot:

    Downloading update from

    It will create a file in the wp-content folder “”, but it will have a zero-byte size, and will never get any further.

    I tried to manually upgrade, and now I can’t approve comments, or upgrade or enable some plugins.

    After reading several suggestions relating to the .htaccess file and 1&1 web hosting, I created an .htaccess file with the following code:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule ./index .php [L]

    AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

    # END WordPress

    …which had no perceived effect. Please help!

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  • Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator


    AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php

    in htaccess, too.

    And then do a manual reupgrade as possibly some of your files got damaged on upload.

    Keep in mind that 1&1 might have some PHP security restrictions that break some plugins; Google the name of the plugin and 1&1 and see what you come up with.

    Thanks for the help/reply, songdogtech!

    I’ll add that and see what happens.

    Could you define a manual re-upgrade? As the automatic upgrade process never got past trying to download the zip file, I wouldn’t imagine it would’ve goofed up any other files, but I could of course be wrong!


    Moderator Mark Ratledge


    Forum Moderator

    Hope some of this works. It’s two different upgrades:

    for ironthornes, do the upgrade over again; some files might have been inadvertently damaged or didn’t complete on upload. The only plugin that is loading is antispam, so I don’t know what other plugins you have that aren’t working.

    Try a manual upgrade for stevehenningsgard; sometimes the autoupgrade has problems with directory permissions, i.e. creating directories and subdirectories on a host.

    Thanks songdogtech. Adding “AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php” in addition to “AddType x-mapp-php5 .php” to my .hattaccess file on 1&1 allowed automatic updates to work. I don’t know if “AddType x-mapp-php5 .php” was necessary because I did not try it with just “AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php”.

    I had the same problem with 1&1, and doing what etow suggested did work.

    AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php
    AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

    was added to the top of my .htaccess file – perfect downloads now. Thanks!

    Very interesting. I have been using WordPress since version 2.5 and since the “Automatic Upgrade” feature was introduced I have not had luck with it working and it would just sit at the first step forever. Tonight I finally came looking for answers because it bothered me enough and this was just the information I needed for my 1&1 hosting. Thanks!

    Question though – would anyone care to explain what these two lines instructions are actually doing? I am glad it is finally working after all this time but I would kind of like to know what I am putting in there.

    Moderator James Huff


    would anyone care to explain what these two lines instructions are actually doing?

    The two lines enable PHP 5 on your account. Personally, I find it odd that 1&1 insists on leaving PHP 4 (a branch that was discontinued over two years ago) as the default on their customer’s accounts and still offer no simple way to enable PHP 5.

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