WordPress Automatic Upgrade 1.2 Release

Update Feb 19th 2009: If you are having issues with upgrading WordPress 2.7 and above, or if WPAU is not displaying a nag to upgrade, we have released a newer version, please read the release post for WordPress Automatic Upgrade 1.2.5.

Update: WordPress Automatic Upgrade is completely compatible with WordPress 2.6, so go ahead and upgrade now. Enjoy.

Update 1:49 AM EST: Released to update user debug message to use forums instead of emailing me.

Update 2:36 AM EST: Released to fix a issue with Snoopy being instantiated twice on home page loads.

Update 2:46 AM EST: All download links for WPAU lead to the latest release, if you are a regular user you will receive a push update to upgrade the plugin to WordPress, please do that it’s mandatory.

Update Friday, July 18 8:30 PM EST: Pushed a new release 1.2.1 which allows users to skip files and database backup steps, this feature was requested by several users.

Update August 21st, 2008: Pushed a new released 1.2.2 to properly fix bugs, also added a new nag to the dashboard when files from old upgrade are not cleared out.

Matt really put me in a fix by releasing WordPress 2.6 almost a month ahead of the scheduled date, this definitely put several of my plans down the drain. That said this version upgrade is just a push release to fix critical bugs that users have been complaining about.

There will be a major release in the next week or two that will bring in a much needed interface changes I have been working on. That said here is a major revision that fixes several bugs and also improves in some areas.

WordPress Automatic Upgrade Consists of quite a few fixes as listed below:

  • Fixed a major issue where plugins could not be activated, due to WP installation logging users out after upgrades.
  • Fixed a issue where users were not being able to download backup files when WordPress URL and Blog URL were different.
  • WordPress Automatic Upgrade will only run if your WordPress is out of date.
  • WPAU now uses Snoopy to download files rather than using regular PHP methods.
  • Added a WPAU Nag where users will see a message to start automatic upgrade if a new version is available.
  • Automatic Upgrade option will only be visible to Administrators.
  • Disabled Automated Mode.
  • Few other minor changes.

Unfortunately this version does not include fixes where WordPress Automatic Upgrade fails while putting the site into maintenance mode. I have posted a little workaround on the forum for such situations, allowing users to still use WPAU.

I request all the users of WPAU to use the support forum to post your bugs and feature requests, as it’s really painful for me to sift through 100s of mails and comments to find your bug.

Note: While re-activating plugins WordPress may log you out, but do not worry WPAU will take care of the logout and finish the upgrade like normal once you login, just remember to stay in the same browser instance you started the upgrade in.

The automated mode option has been disabled since I am working on a new interface which is much more interactive and worthwhile, so I am phasing out Automatic mode with this release. If anyone of you wants the automatic mode to still work contact me and I will send you the version with automatic mode enabled.

Well like I said there are several features I am leaving out of this release and will bundle it with the WordPress Automatic Upgrade 1.3 which I am working on. Here are a list of features that will be included in WordPress Automatic Upgrade 1.3.

  • A better user interface including verbose output where users will see what’s being done in real time.
  • Ability to skip certain tasks or run tasks on demand, so users can run file backups, database backups etc selectively.
  • Ability for users to choose the language of WordPress they want to download from.
  • Complete Internationalization support.
  • Cleanup of code to make WPAU more faster.

Also don’t forget to use the Support forum for WordPress Automatic Upgrade to send me your bugs and queries.

I have already pushed the latest release through WordPress Extend SVN Repository, so old users should see a notice to upgrade the plugin.

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  • This is by far the most amazing plugins I have used for WP. I upgraded to 2.6 with the old version, no issues.

    • Keith Dsouza

      Thanks for the kind words Nirmal :)

  • Is it possible for a WP plugin developer to be my hero? Well, you are. You are, imo, a genius, and the WPAU plugin has got to be THE BEST plugin ever. It totally rocks, and WP should purchase it from you for a few million dollars. I tell EVERYONE who uses WP about the plugin, because it is just that good. I upgraded 6 blogs last night without even breaking a sweat, all thanks to your plugin – and that’s WITHOUT your update. Now, with this update, and with the upcoming changes, well…you may be elevated beyond hero status.

    Seriously…you rock. Thanks for making this plugin.

    • Keith Dsouza

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for the appreciation, it really makes me feel proud. It gives me the encouragement to do more things that will help people without having to expect something in return just because of such appreciations :).

      Well that said there are several things in the pipeline and you will definitely see more from me.


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    Well I have a problem with it:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class snoopy in E:\inetpub\vhosts\elektrix.si\httpdocs\wordpress\wp-includes\class-snoopy.php on line 47

    Any ideas?

    WordPress 2.6

    • Keith Dsouza

      Thanks OBELIKS, the issue has been fixed download using the same link or wait for visit WordPress plugin page to automatically upgrade.

  • Such a great plugin.Hats Off.I just used it today to upgrade to 2.6.No problem! step by step guide.I also recommended in my blog to use this plugin.
    Thankx to the creator.

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  • Brilliant plugin, used the old version to upgrade a site to 2.6 and didn’t have any problems. Glad to know that you released an updated version for 2.6

  • I am still using WP 2.5.1. Can I just update WPAU to the latest version and then let it upgrade my blog? Will it be compatible with WP2.5.1?

    Btw, I’m using this plugin for my other blog and I’m very sure to upgrade it now. :)

    Thanks keith.

  • Last time i used this i had some problem. It didn’t activated any plugin last time..

  • Any reason why you disabled the automatic mode. It was really convenient. This step by step mode is painful :(

    Can we have that back.

    I’m running into the Site Maintenance error. I have phpsuexec installed on my server, so I don’t need to set permissions.

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  • Thank you so much for this terrific plugin. I just used it to upgrade to WP 2.6. With your plugin, I successfully upgraded without a hitch in under one minute. Without your plugin, upgrading to 2.5 took me over an hour, I broke my blog in the process, and my wife had to restrain me from throwing my laptop through the television set.

    In short, your plugin saved my marriage. :-)

  • IHB

    Can I use this to go from WP 2.3.2 to the current version? This thing looks cool!!

  • Leo


    Thanks for this plugin. It’s really convenient for those who are not so familiar with upgrading manually. And it’s also great to know internationalization support will be added.

    Thanks again!


  • IHB

    Can you use this to upgrade from a 2.3 version up to the latest version in one step?

  • Thanks for this plugin. It worked flawlessly doing my upgrade.

  • Great plugin. Worked flawlessly.

  • very good plugin!

  • Not working — whatever, fine, I’ll update manually. But I can’t delete the directory either. In 2 attempts, uploading didn’t just add the intended 18 files but also
    .pureftpd-upload.487f8d05.15.2895.17e1d00c one time, and
    .pureftpd-upload.487f8ae3.15.646e.85cdefcd the next.

    When I try to delete the directory, I can’t because of these 2 files. When I try to delete the 2 files, I get an error message like:
    ERROR 550 Prohibited filename: pureftpd-upload.487f8d05.15.2895.17e1d00c : /public_html/wp/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/.pureftpd-upload.487f8d05.15.2895.17e1d00c

    They are 0 0 0 0 files, no read write execute permissions. When I try to change those permissions, I’m not allowed to do that either.

    How can I eliminate these files and this directory?

    • Did your uploads stopped half way? The file is actually a temp file created when you have problem with your uploads.

  • Thanks! This plugin will be very handy for upgrading! Cheers

  • Even though I’ve gone ahead and transitioned my main WP-install to SVN for even easier updates, I just wanted to thank you and give you kudos for all the hard work you’ve done with this plugin. I often use it for my MAMP installs and recommend it to people who are less tech savvy and fear upgrades.

    I never had a problem upgrading the standard way, but the plugin just made it THAT much easier (and as I said, this is a godsend for people who either can’t be bothered doing all the usual stuff or are truly afraid of mucking something up).

    This is the type of thing that should absolutely be included in default WP-installs (it can be disabled for users who want control).

  • During the upgrade of the plugin (which still updated to WP2.6 just fine) I got the following:
    Upgrade Plugin

    Downloading update from http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.1.2.1.zip

    Unpacking the update

    Deactivating the plugin

    Removing the old version of the plugin

    Could not remove the old plugin

    Installation Failed

    Not sure why? I just manually upgraded, but thought you should know.

  • Kurt

    Hi Keith,

    Does this work if I have a very old version fo wordpress to upgrade from, ie v2.0.3?

    I heard that the way wordpress interfaces with the SQL database has changed, and thus will have a problem if I upgrade directly from the older version to the new version?