WordPress 3.7 Released: WordPress Now Updates Itself

WordPress 3.7 has been released and the big news is that WordPress now has the ability to update itself. This begins a new era of automatic background updates for security and minor releases. Web hosts around the world have been eagerly awaiting this release and are cheering its arrival. The upgrade process has been greatly improved and boy is it ever solid:

Not a single critical failure. Try blaming Nacin for that, folks.

WordPress 3.7 is dubbed Basie, after Count Basie, an American jazz pianist with an unparalleled talent for improvisation. He learned to improvise while playing along to silent films for a local movie theater. Before he was famous, Basie sharpened his improv skills by playing jazz piano at parties and resorts. He went on to create his own jazz orchestra and mentor many other musicians along the way.

Count Basie
Count Basie
It seems fitting that this release honors Basie. The web is full of hackers who seek to exploit any vulnerability they can find in WordPress. Users have to be quick to improvise and secure our sites as soon as minor releases are shipped out. Automatic background updates give millions of users the ability to stay current with each security update. The beautiful thing is that it’s totally effortless on the part of the user.

On the surface you won’t see too many flashy UI improvements, but under the hood you’ll find a better engine. When you search WordPress you’ll see better and more relevant results. Developers will be happy to find improved support for multisite, advanced date queries and a ton of new functions to play with. You can review every last detail on the dedicated 3.7 release page.

WordPress 3.7 has a beautiful about.php page that you can only see if you upgrade. Hint, hint. It includes a live demo of the new password strength meter that will help you to create stronger passwords.

This release also includes better global support for translations, meaning that it will automatically install language files and silently keep them up to date. There’s a trend here: WordPress is doing a lot more for you in the background so that you can focus on creating content. This sets the bar pretty high for what users can expect from their publishing software in the future.

Now that WordPress can update itself, I am once again reminded that this software is a living, breathing thing. Andrew Nacin, Dion Hulse and Jon Cave had the help of 211 contributors in shipping 3.7. Hats off to these folks – they’ve worked hard and done well.

Time to celebrate with a few tunes from Count Basie and his jazz orchestra to kick off your upgrades. By the way, if you’re configuring automatic updates for everything, this is the last time you’ll ever have to update WordPress manually.


24 responses to “WordPress 3.7 Released: WordPress Now Updates Itself”

  1. I have complicated plug-ins which responsible for cache , it is paid plug-in
    every update he required to re-place index.php

    So if you update my blog automatically my server load will increase x10 times and could go even down. And 1 more thing that to press 1 button to update is not complicated.

    I prefer to skip this update and if same politics will continue integrate, to do something without me , it could be hard to find what cause the issue. I will stay on 3.6 without future updates until in 4.0 it will be fixed or migrate to Joomla or Drupal . lets see what we will be in future

  2. I updated and the search function did not work. At this time I am using Relevanssi (I need to search my tags 1st). Actually the search function failed completely! Restored back to 3.6.1.

    It seems the automatic update may also cause site failure, and if I have not backed up just before the auto update; I may loose much data after a restore to a previous save. Can someone help me with this?

  3. So what about Automatic Updater which can also take care of plugins and themes, on top of the WP core? I haven’t experienced a clash (yet) but I like that plugin’s ability to also do themes and plugins. If only because it practically forces the use of canonical-compliant solutions, and discourages dangerously hacked improvisation – the kind Count Basie would frown upon. I’m takin’ the A-train to fully automated self-updating sites…

  4. @partofstyle – just drop a bit of code in your wp-config.php file and you should be right. I do agree with Norcross however in regards to plugins changing core files – not good at all.

    @Steve Moss – I believe Relevanssi has now issued a bug fix update for this.

    @Joseph McLean – I’ve noticed some issues with the Yoast SEO plugin but I expect this will be fixed soon as well.

  5. Ouch! My blog was at version 3.8.1, and I was meaning to get around to upgrading to 3.8.3. I got an email saying WordPress was automatically upgraded to 3.7.3, which is really a downgrade. A byproduct of this downgrade is a mismatch between the wb_db_version in the WordPress php files and the db_version in the MySQL database. This mismatch caused some problems with the admin pages until I figured it out.


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