One of the most impressive and useful features of WordPress 2.5 that builds on what was started in WordPress 2.3 is the capability to download and upgrade plugins without having to open your FTP client. Now, when you view your plugins page, you’ll be prompted with a couple options:
- A new version of your plugin is available, and it will give you a link to download the upgrade.
- A new link to “upgrade automatically”
Upon pressing the link to “upgrade automatically”, you’ll be prompted with a screen that will ask you for your FTP address and login information. Once you enter your FTP info, WordPress will do what it says… Automatically upgrade your plugin. This is a great new feature, especially for users like myself who have multiple plugins installed on their site.
Here’s what the WordPress blog says about the new functionality:
Few-click plugin upgrades — if the plugins you use are part of the plugin directory since 2.3 we’ve told you when they have an update available. Now we take that to the next logical step — downloading and installing the upgrade for you. This is dependent a little bit on your host setup, and it may ask you for your FTP password much like OS X or Windows will ask you for a password, but it works well on majority of hosts we were able to test, your mileage may very, plugins in mirror may be larger than they appear.