[wp-hackers] Simplified Upgrade Process

Scott johnson fuzzygroup at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 15:44:06 GMT 2006

Um... I had similar thoughts and then I stepped back and thought
again.  Yes you want that but bear in mind that the simpler you make
things the more extensive the testing and development has to be.  The
classic example is if you want a 10X improvement in ease of use then
you spend 10X more "money" (ok for WP time).  So if Apple spent $50
million to make the Mac in 84 then to do "Mac Next Gen" you have to
spend $500 million.

Now that's a metaphor and not 100% true but there's some real truth
there.  So if you want to make things easy its a lot of hard work. 
And it'll never work in all circumstances no matter what you do.

But if you want to swing for the fences, go for it.  I'd love for it
to be easier myself I just know how hard that is.


On 2/1/06, Michael E. Hancock <mhancock at us.net> wrote:
> After hearing complaints that both the upgrade and the upgrade instructions
> are too complicated, I wonder can the upgrade be made this simple:
> 1.  Upload the upgrade file
> 2.  Change permissions on the appropriate files/folders (wish I could just
> say folder)
> 3.  In the Admin panel, click on the Update WordPress button and follow the
> instructions
> 4.  Change permissions back to correct state
> Of course, step 3 is where all the heavy lifting would occur.
> 1.  Make a backup of the database and any 'customized' files
> 2.  Notify the user of the nature of the 'customized' file conflict and
> allow option to halt the upgrade process
> 3.  Notify user of any incorrect permission settings and allow option to
> halt the upgrade process
> 4.  Delete any files or folders such as wp-content/cache
> 5.  Deactivate the plugins and remember what was deactivated
> 6.  Extract any new/upgrade script file and delete any old unused script
> files
> 7.  Update the database as necessary
> 8.  Reactivate the original list of plugins
> 9.  Warn user of any 'customized' files/scripts that need to be addressed
> 10. Advice user to chmod files/folders back to appropriate state
> 11. Place user back at Admin panel
> Michael E. Hancock
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