Using a plugin to upgrade WordPress automatically

The previous post talked about doing an upgrade of WordPress through a number of steps. I can just hear the moans and groans; this is complicated, can take effort. A lot of people would claim that this is complicated, and would prefer a single solution, if possible, a one click solution. On the other hand, even if a very simple solution is found, there is always a certain amount of risk associated, and you would like to have a backup of your current installation so that the situation can always be reverted.
Well, there is a way that you can do a automatic upgrade of your WordPress installation, and at the same time get a backup. There is this WordPress plugin called ‘WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin’ (link), and it does exactly what you would expect it to do. You can also download it from the location of the creator of the plugin (link)

What are the steps that the plugin takes ?
1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
6. Upgrades wordpress files.
7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
8. Re-activates the plugins.

You need to get the Plugin from this location, unzip the file, and upload to the /wp-content/plugins location of your WordPress installation. Once the plugin has been installed, you need to activate it.

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