WordPress Automatic Upgrade Halts Downloading

On a couple of my wordpress installations, I go to do the upgrade to the newest version, and using the automatic upgrade feature that’s built right in, it gets so far as to tell me that it’s downloading the files, but never goes any farther.

The alternative is to download the install files, do the manual unzip and ftp and then do the manual upgrade installation.  That’s a lot more work than it is to just click, click a few links and then have an upgraded install.

So, by way of a more permanent memory, I’m posting this post to record how I’ve found to fix the problem.

Edit the .htaccess file.

Add the following line to the top of the file.

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

And that should do it.  Now, the install should work with the automatic links from there on out.  From what I understand, it basically forces the server to use PHP5 on .php files.

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Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.

Comments

  1. I always opt to manually upload. I’ve run into problems in the past with automatic updates due to the various types of hosting services.

  2. I’ve tried this in the past and just tried it one more time, Shane. I’m on 1 and 1 and it used to work for me. However, now when I do it, my contact forms and consultation request forms don’t work. They just return to me, blank.

    Any ideas?

  3. Do you use the same plugin for both, Justin? Also, the upgrade finishes and says it was successful, but the forms are blank when they come to you?

  4. I made note of your fix, although I haven’t encountered that glitch. Sounds like it might be fairly server/host specific. I can’t imagine the journey you went on to discover that fix.

    Another quirk report worth noting, that could effect your seo, one person is finding all of her wp installations with Don’t Share privacy set by default. And they reverted back to this after an upgrade.

  5. one person is finding all of her wp installations with Don’t Share privacy set by default. And they reverted back to this after an upgrade

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