Upgrades Round 2

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Annoying UpgradesThe past couple of days I have seen a flood of WordPress plugin updates. I know WordPress 3.3 was just released the other day, and that is probably why. Well it might be related to some extent, but I saw a bunch of updates before WordPress 3.3 was released. So now I have a bunch of plugins to update, and WordPress 3.3. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bunch more plugin updates come rolling in once I update WordPress.

 

It seems to me the frequency at which updates are available and released are happening at a much faster pace than they used to. I guess it can be a good thing, but in my opinion they are more like an annoying thing.

Within the past few days to a week or so this is what I have had for updates:
Windows 7 updates – 7
Wordpress updates – 10
Norton Anti-virus – 3
Firefox 8 update
Other website updates – 3
Other website – 5 manual and time-consuming updates

These are just a handful that come to mind. There is a definite possibility that there are a few others I forgot about or missed. All of these within a short time period and generally at the same time. Sheesh! Not what I planned on doing or expected.

What is the deal with all the updates? I wrote about Annoying Frequent Software Upgrades a while back, and here I go again.

I understand updates and upgrades are one thing when a security patch is involved, but all these frequent updates just for a few minor improvements or tweaks can be a waste of time. Not only that, but half the time these software vendors claim a new version, sometimes a major version release update and there is nothing major about it. A few minor changes doesn’t warrant calling it a new major version number in my opinion.

I know some people just click the automatic update/upgrade feature in WordPress for plugins, framework, and WordPress itself when available. It usually works out well enough, but I have never been one to jump right on the upgrade/update bandwagon. I prefer to wait until there is some user feedback to see if there are any problems or issues to be concerned with first.

I never update until I download and backup all files and the database. Too many times have I seen things not work out the way they are supposed to. People usually get all excited and in a hurry to update that they don’t even bother to perform a backup first. Then, they are screaming and blaming everyone and everything they can think of for their own negligence. All a sudden this great software, plugin, module, etc. is no longer so great. If they do manage to get things fixed and running again they learn the importance of both file and database backups.

Sometimes I wonder if we will see daily, weekly, or monthly updates and upgrades as a common occurrence in the near future. I really hope not. They are already a pain in the rump to keep up with now!

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9 Comments

  1. Roger Jignesh Parekh

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    they don’t consider it annoying at all :)) the more upgrades they make, the more people comment about them; it’s just marketing to them; think about it – something new appears and many people want to try it; after a while nobody talks about it, so they release something new or upgrade the old one

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      I wouldn’t be surprised if that is part of the case anyway with some updates. It gets people talking about it again, even if in my case it happens to be talking about it being a little on the annoying side.

  2. Mary

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    All those updates annoy me too. But what i do with WordPress is i usually let them stack for a while, then batch install them.
    At the amount of plugins i have in stalled, i’d have to make an update every single day. But plugin updates are not really that urgent, they just fix minor bugs which most of the time don’t interest me.

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      I just hate seeing the big number 10+ updates available in the dashboard. And to think about a few other sites I will need to do the same with for just WordPress alone.

  3. Ilyas Sahi

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    I agree that these too frequent updates are plain stupid and annoying. I never click Automatic update, when I see it first time. I first look at the improvements and of course, feedback.

    However, if it some security fix, I don’t usually wait for feedback.

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      That is the other thing. If security is involved then it is probably a good idea to upgrade. Some of them don’t specifically mention whether they do or do not. The ones that do I tend to pay more attention to.

  4. Reply

    I’ve just moved to WordPress and yes already clicked don’t know how many times of updates within 2 weeks. Frankly speaking, it is kind of annoying to me. You are right, I should have wait til someone leave feedback on the updates first. After all, these so call updates are not so urgent that need to be updated immediately right?
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      The WordPress 3.3 update is supposed to contain some security fixes. I didn’t read up on all the details to see how urgent it happens to be yet. Plugin updates vary. Sometimes they are just bug fixes, speed enhancements, to be compatible with a new WordPress version. Sometimes plugins do consist of security fixes though. You can check your plugin page in your WordPress dashboard. On the plugin page there will be a view version details link for each plugin with an available update. If you click that a window will open where you can then click on change log to see what the plugin update contains, and whether you want to mess with it right away or not.

  5. Anna

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    I am not very keen on updates and constant changes. I realize that some of them a better and useful but still I am annoyed when I get used to something, to change it in a while…

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