July 11, 2009
Update on July 12, 7PM: A sweet welcome to WordPress.org users, now that this guide is linked from the AIOSEOP plugin page itself: Please don’t mind the scoldy, crabby, acerbic tone. If you do, skip all the commentary and just read the instructions that serve as captions to my screenshots. This was written due in part to a few posts in a forum where the main complaint stemmed from an inability to understand the instructions after upgrading. That said, the information in these screenshots is helpful, despite my meanness. What little instructional material I am wont to write is not always like this. What follows is the post as originally published.
Michael Torbert has released a major upgrade to his landmark WordPress plugin, All-In-One SEO Pack. It has a few new features but more importantly, it is even further optimized to make it easier on your database. A lot of it is technical mumbo jumbo that even I don’t quite understand, but what I do understand is that some folks still have a hard time reading natural-language instructions. Kudos to Michael for not going down the “click here” route, but some issues at the Semper Fi Support Forums are demanding a more comprehensive answer. Here’s a step by step screenshot thing guide:
I’ve wrapped the places where you have to click with rounded red rectangles. Take note that you will not see these rectangles when you are going through the process. I assume you know how to do a one-click upgrade, so I’ll skip that. Once it’s done upgrading, it will look like this:
Make sure you know how to backup your database! If you do not, understand that this is an integral part of your business if part of your consultant description is maintenance for your clients.
Additional information posted at 3:22PM, same day of publication: If you never modify the post meta (such as custom titles, keywords and descriptions) and use AIOSEOP natively to generate titles, etc, you will not see the “Update Database” button.
If you have a hard time understanding instructions like these, pull your head out of the “CLICK HERE” era and understand that natural language instructions are the only things that are keeping the universe together, now that it’s past the point of heat death (yes, I had to go pull in a Doctor Who reference).
Step four remains a little counterintuitive for some people, because the general assumption is that if it’s enabled in the WordPress plugins admin screen, it’s enabled, period. It is not, and there are good reasons for this. First, there is an upgrade to the database. As far as I know, this landmark upgrade is safe, with only one bug detected since the 1.6 release (hence v.1.6.1). Take note that the bugfix has nothing to do with the database modifications. Upgrading from 1.5.x will change the way the plugin writes into and reads from the database, making it very efficient for the plugin to work, so rolling back into the old version requires a database restore, hence the importance of backing up your database (or that of your clients’) before you do anything.
Finally, make sure you save your work:
So, there you have it. Screenshots on how to upgrade the plugin, sprinkled with my usual crabbiness that comes when I find myself in the mood to write a tutorial in the middle of a Saturday.