New Wordpress...I hate upgrades

In case you didn't know, currently this blog is run on wordpress, a php web logging tool. It's a bit different than some of the "brand name" tools, like Moveable Type, because instead of creating static html pages, instead it uses php and a database to create a dynamic blog. In addition, there are lots of different "plugins" that can be used to enhance functionality.

The long and short of it is Wordpress, like most Open Source projects is a constantly improving animal. Lots of people have moved together to make wordpress a big name in php weblogging software, and with each version more features are added and more bugs squashed. Well, version 1.5 is officially out today and now I'm faced with something I hate...upgrading. I have yet to meet a piece of software that isn't a pain to upgrade. Although microsoft is improving and automating the process, and I haven't needed many firefox updates so I haven't tested their system too much. Gaim has a nice plugin to check for new updates, but you still have to download and install em.

I'm hoping to do some kind of autoupdate interface for pff - the idea being you could use ftp or scp to copy files from the main server right onto your system automatically, and the autoupdate functionally for modules would be invoked at the first request. The trick there is then you're required to have a nice interface for module authors to upload their stuff and manage it, and you're also requiring module authors to write the things correctly. Of course, this is assuming I'm not going to be the only one using the thing. The initial converts are always the hardest to get, and the php5 requirement does narrow the hosts that can use pff. Dang, off topic again.

I'm not sure exactly when/if I'll upgrade this wordpress installation, but the new theme stuff looks pretty interesting. We'll see how it all pans out.


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