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I mean logging in and using auto upgrade plugin for wordpress can be a hassle esp if you have more than 1 blog
- Brian Layman's EasyWPUpdate does just what you describe and he recently reported on his blog that he upgraded 8 sites to WP2.7 in 30 seconds.
- I searched google on shell script to update multiple wordpress installations and found some others that looked promising, in particular the one by David Tucker.
- check out the WP Codex on installing multiple WP blogs via shell scripting [codex.wordpress.org]. That might help.
- Using Subversion to maintain WP [codex.wordpress.org] might be a long-term solution. Haven't tried it with WP. I've had good luck with some other packages, less good luck with others.
- I've recently experimented successfully with using sym links and some scripting in the wp-config file to run multiple blogs off the same code base, so you only upgrade once anyway.
When there is a major WP upgrade, there are usually some changes to the DB and you must run the DB upgrade script for every site. I don't know of any method that gets you out of this duty except, of course, actually hosting your blog on Wordpress.com (though on your own domain of course).
So if there are DB changes, you'll have to open every site individually as an admin and run the update script.
My guess is that I had not noticed that the ADSL link had dropped but had later resumed, so I was technically logged out when I tried to post. I don't know if WP made numerous attempts to save the post like it should while I was writing it, but I didn't get any error notification.
So, for the time being I will save manually as often as I can remember.
I wonder why that happened. Is WP storing the IP in the session data and checking that the current IP is the same as the login IP (and you're generating new dynamic IPs every time you get a connection)? Because of my situation, I'm often dropping connections and reconnecting and as long as I don't delete the session cookie, I stay logged in.
Also, at least for 2.6, WP is set to save posts as drafts every minute. So I can't actually lose more than that. I suppose that depends on allowing an xmlrpc connection, which presents its own risks and which, I believe, WP now has off by default.
Personally, I usually write long posts in Notepad++ or Dreamweaver and then paste them into WP.
Have you looked at WordPress MU? It has the ability to host many blogs on one codebase so you only have to upgrade once. It also tends to lag the upgrade sequence of WP which I like because then I know the problems with WP have usually been fixed before the equivalent upgrade of WP MU comes out.
Also the numerous updates to WP should slow down now they have fixed the admin interface. I have an e-book on WP and WP MU and am so tired of having to go back and revise it with every update so this was welcome news if true.
I'll have to give it another look.
By the way, by using symlinks you can easily run multiple sites off one WP code base. The only hassle is upgrading the DBs manually. I think that's for another thread though.