I installed the autoupdate plugin on David Churbuck’s blog yesterday and this morning he used it to update the software in a couple minutes. This is truly delivering on the promise of the blog, a simple content management system which non-technical users can manage themselves.
About one minute, a simple, straightforward set of questions, and ta-da, I am up to date with the latest verison. Gratitude aside, this auto update is a big step towards making WordPress the defacto opensource content management system for the world, taking out the technical/sysadmin barrier to entry that makes self-hosting so challenging for people like myself, who don’t have the time or cause to get good at the essentials of open source LAMP based hosting.
I love WordPress.
It’s an absolutely awesome plugin and I recommend everyone use it if you’re running as a solo blogger (on group blogs, auto-update is problematic).
WordPress has released a feature list for it’s 2.7 release (November) and one of them has me very excited: Threaded Comments! I really think this is going to be a huge boon to heavily commented blogs and is one of those features we’ve sorely missed for years.