Upgrade WordPress painlessly

The quick and dirty painless WordPress upgrade

But first a bonus:

WordPress says “howdy folks“

Aaaarghh…. I hate that.

For those who, like me, are not PHP wizards, aren’t related to John Wayne and don’t live just south of the Mason-Dixon line.

When logging in to a WordPress site’s admin area, the greeting at the top of the header is:

“Howdy <username>”

As any English speaker outside the US will be aware that is more American than Mom and apple pie.

To change it to something like hello, take me to your leader, gidday, bon jour, konban wa, or kia ora – anything but “howdy y’all” is easy.

  1. Open the file “wp-admin/admin-header.php”
  2. On about line 46 you will see:
    <?php printf(__(’Howdy, <strong>%s</strong>.’), $user_identity) ?>
  3. Just change “Howdy” to whatever you like.

That was painless right? Trouble is, when you update WordPress to a new version, which seems to happen every few weeks thanks to the tireless volunteers who power the world’s blogs, you’ll more than likely have to repeat the change. You have to live with that, but to make your life really easy in lieu here’s a monumental time saver:

WordPress Automatic Upgrade

Get it right here.
I installed the WordPress Automatic Upgrade and put it to work. As my Tech Hideaway friend Martha from Texas who put me onto it said, “Does it rock!”

Does it what!

Thanks Martha and howdy. :o)

This gem disables your plug-ins, backs up your database installs the upgrade and re-enables everything. 2 minutes to upgrade. Being paranoid, I backup my blog first anyway.

Here’s what it does in more detail straight from the horse’s mouth:

  1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
  2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
  3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
  4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
  5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
  6. Upgrades WordPress files.
  7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
  8. Re-activates the plugins.

In case you missed it – get it here.