More Than 97% of Updates to WordPress 3.9.1 Were Automatic

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WordPress 3.9.1 was released late last week, resolving 34 bugs. This maintenance release includes several important fixes for multisite, TinyMCE, the customizer, widgets, and the new audio/video playlists. Site administrators who are still doing manual updates are encouraged to bring their sites up to the latest.

WordPress lead developer Andrew Nacin reported that in the seven minutes between starting 3.9.1 updates and writing the release post, WordPress performed approximately 68,000 background updates. After it had been out for 100 minutes, 3.9.1 crossed a million downloads, with 10,00 updates happening per minute.

Nacin also posted a graph of network traffic from one of WordPress.org’s load balancers during the time it was serving updates, reporting that “WP 3.9.1 was no sweat.”

More than 97% of these updates were automatic, with less than 3% manual. That number is increasing with each release and may very soon be close to 100%. Automatic updates are functioning so well that it’s not difficult to imagine a day in the near future when they will be a non-news item, quietly humming in the background of WordPress.

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  1. That is cool, but isn’t it naturally going to take longer for the manual updates? I think it would be more interesting to know what these numbers look like in two weeks.

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    1. Yeah, I think the manual updates will take a lot longer, if they even happen at all.

      What would be cool to see is how many people updated regularly before the auto-updates were put in place? I assume that the auto-updating is keeping a lot more blogs up-to-date than they would have done themselves.

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  2. Awesome figures and the automatic updates are fabulous.

    All my sites and all client sites were auto updated and no problems.

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  3. Impressive number, I’m wondering if people choose the option “Automatic update”, so there must be “99%” that after update process there won’t be any conflicts with 3rd party plugins.

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  4. As it’s not easy to desactivate automatic update, it’s not difficult to understand these statistics.

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  5. My sites were updated smoothly that I didn’t bother to download 3.9.1. Automattic indeed.

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  6. I think there’s a spelling mistake in the header: you wrote “automatic” but I believe the correct spelling is “automattic”… oh, no.. wait: I’m confused… lol

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  7. Is this number for .org installs or does it include .com as well?

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    1. Now you have me confused. WordPress.com sites can’t perform upgrades since they are all running on one WordPress Multisite install.

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      1. Sorry for the confusion. Nacin confirmed it was .org only.

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  8. Apparently I am one of the 3 percent. The auto update gives me the “unpacking the update” message then stops. Unless that phase of it is supposed to take over an hour.

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  9. 3.9.1 happened automatically on my multi-site install. Haven’t been able to post or edit anything since. Plug-ins are all gone too, as far as I can see. And I am not the only one. And WordPress has met us with complete silence.

    So updates protect against cyber-attacks? This has been as bad as any cyber-attack. I am no tech whiz. All the solutions I’m seeing online would take me two workdays to implement. I will stop here and leave out the cusswords since this is not wordpress.org.

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  10. Yes with auto-updates, they need to take care of any themes or plugins to NOT handicap the site.. :(
    3.9.1 has made that to many owners including me!

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