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Why Are Upgrades So Cumbersome?

  • I’m sure this has been pointed out many times before, but why are upgrades such a hassle? So many steps, so many hoops to jump through…I’m a big fan of WordPress, but surely the very clever people that created it could come up with a less manual process of updating to a new version?

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  • Maybe this InstantUpgrade plugin will make it easier for you. Also please review ALL the comments.

    http://www.zirona.com/software/wordpress-instant-upgrade

    the manual process allows me to keep what every personal hacks i’ve worked into my site. i’m diligent about commenting my hacks – but upgrading manually gives me the greatest amount of control. worst case scenario? i spend weeks figuring out a cool way to do something, upgrade and lose it. then i gotta dig thru backups. also, if one of my hacks doesnt get copied over, but cacks up my site, i know it right away.

    Whenever this question pops up I like to insert a friendly reminder that WP is not used exclusively as a pure blogging tool. It’s become a kind of development platform for a lot of other things such as using it to run a whole web site, CMS, etc., etc. So a lot of the issues with upgrades have to do with the fact that many of us have extended its uses into other areas. The more you “stray” from the core design and uses through such customizations, the more “issues” appear for upgrades. This doesn’t mean there’s anything “wrong” with WP, but more of a reflection of its varied uses. Hope this helps…

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