WordPress Automatic Upgrade Has No Backup

It may be common knowledge or common sense, but here’s a quick Q & A on the new built-in upgrade feature of Word Press 2.7 and up.

Starting with 2.7 I typically deactivate and delete the automatic upgrade plugin after upgrade. But mostly of curiosity I left one on when upgrading to 2.7.1.

Should I definitely deactivate and delete the automatic upgrade plugin once upgrading to 2.7? Will it make a difference leaving it on?

Yes. At the least it must be deactivated. It will cause an error during the attempt to auto upgrade if the plugin is still active. This won’t cause damage to your blog, but the upgrade will not work until you have deactivated the plugin.

This feature now being built-in to Word Press is very nice though. It skips several tedious steps from the the previous automatic upgrade plugin.

No Automatic Backup:
One important thing to remember though, you definitely need a database backup plugin now. It no longer takes you through the steps for backup during the upgrade.

I recommend WordPress Database Backup. It works very well, simple to use, and have used it myself to restore lost or corrupt databases with 100% success. This plugin also has automatic backup, which I highly rercommend taking the few seconds to set.

Let Others Post To Your WordPress Blog Safely

Did you know that you create a new WordPress user, and set them to ‘contributor’ rather than to author or editor?  When you do that, their option after writing a post automatically changes to ‘submit for review’ rather than ‘publish’. It’s pretty slick, and seems like it would be a good way to encourage guest authors on the blog…

I added a new user, then logged in to post as that new user, and here’s what I saw at the “Write” screen –


Unfortunately, this option then prevents those “Contributors” from being able to add photos to a post, which is a shame.. After hitting the “Submit for Review button, I logged out, then back in as the Admin, and I see that there is a post pending for review – Nice 😉


There was also no email notification to me as the Admin that a contributor had posted, but I guess you can’t have everything.

If anyone knows how to allow for photo uploads or add email notifications, please let me know here…

Paste Easily to WordPress From MS Word

I’ve always recommended that people not paste text directly into WordPress from Microsoft Word, and instead suggested that they open their Microsoft Notepad, paste into Notepad, then copy and paste back into WordPress. This extra step removes the stupid formatting put in place by Microsoft Word.

Apparently, a recent addition to WordPress (maybe 2.3?) added a button on the WordPress text editor that allows you to paste information directly from Microsoft Word, and instantly strips out all the formatting. I’m exactly not sure how long it’s been there, but it works very well.

First you have to open the advanced toolbar options to see the new button button –


This expands the menu to a second level where you will immediately see the option for Microsoft Word pasting.


Hitting that button opens another small window, where you can paste from Word to your hearts content.