[wp-hackers] Suggestion: option to backup database and files before upgrading WordPress

Xavier Borderie xavier at borderie.net
Mon Oct 26 20:56:02 UTC 2009

Ever since WP 2.7, we've been able to upgrade WP in a more-or-less
reliable way - depending on the host, and with the hope of not
breaking themes, plugins, etc.

These last issues have been the main reason why lambda people do not
feel like upgrading, and would rather risk being attacked
(unknowingly) than consciously break their theme.

It would be great of the upgrade mechanism would take the time to make
a local backup of the main database table and the changed files, and
present the user with an interface letting her quickly get back to the
previous version, at the click of the mouse.

Getting people to upgrade is getting hard for people too attached to
their customization (theme, plugins...). Having this would let them
drop that fear, and upgrading while knowing they can eventually get
back if need be.

Do you think there's enough meat in there to create a ticket in Trac for WP3.0?

Xavier Borderie

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