I’ve generally been reasonably impressed with wordpress since I moved to it from my old, emacs-driven system. It seems to work mostly and it’s reasonably easy to manage.
One problem has been the regularity of the updates; worse, they all tend to be security updates (2.8.4 was to correct a problem where a crafted URI allowed overwrite of the admin password). So, you have to update. Often.
Fortunately, wordpress provides an automatic mechnism for achieving this. Less fortunately, it doesn’t work for me. We’ve finally pinned down why, which is too tedious to explain, but I don’t like the mechanism anyway, as I have to give wordpress my username/password (for the command line, not for wordpress).
So, I’m trying another solution. Check the whole thing out of
I’ve just moved over to this mechanism for the 2.8.4 upgrade and it
seems to work. This is actually the same amount of effort as a regular
manual upgrade; you just
svn co rather than
wget/unzip. In future,
it should me much easier, though. Just a simple
svn switch. No
fiddling with moving
wp-config across, and
wp-content should be
unaffected. Even better the one hack that I have had to apply to
formatting.php every time should be automatically merged in, or will
conflict — in which case, it will good to be warned.
I’ll post again in a few updates time if it all works; if this blog suddenly goes offline, well, probably this wasn’t such a good idea after all.