Automate Just Got More Amazing – Introducing ‘Safe Upgrade’

Automate Just Got More Amazing – Introducing ‘Safe Upgrade’

G’day all and strewth we’re super happy you liked Automate so much maaaaate. And, as you did, we’ve doubled down our efforts to add in some pretty sweet improvements, starting with what we’re calling “Safe Upgrades.”

Wanna take a look? Thought so :)

Before we get started though, if you’re not familiar with Automate yet it’s essentially a tool that saves you a heck of time keeping all of your WordPress sites (and your clients’ sites) up-to-date. Here’s how it goes if an update is detected:

  1. Automate creates a backup of your site
  2. If that’s successful, Automate upgrades the plugins and themes you’ve selected as trusted (along with WordPress core)
  3. We send you an email with the happy news :) (plus it’s all stored in an activity log)

But now, there’s a new step, and we think you’re going to like it:

  1. Automate creates a backup of your site
  2. Safe Upgrade takes a screen grab of your homepage
  3. If that’s successful, Automate upgrades the plugins and themes you’ve selected as trusted (along with WordPress core)
  4. Safe Upgrade checks your site is up and error-free (using our Uptime service)
  5. Safe Upgrade takes a new screen grab of your homepage and compares it with the original one
  6. We send you an email with the happy news :) (plus it’s all stored in an activity log) including the uptime and error check AND the new screen grab with any % differences highlighted

So, we’re basically automatically testing how the upgrade went and immediately emailing you to let you know all about it… Check it out:

Successful safe upgrade email
It’s alllll gooooood

However, if there are significant changes, not only will we tell you the %, but we’ll also highlight them in jarring pink, so you don’t miss them (unless your website is entirely pink ;)

Automate safe upgrade with differences
What’s up here fella?

Now, as you can tell above, the % difference is down to a massive slider, and we do make a note that sliders and other dynamic content may well make a difference. And hey, you can see it in the email so no drama there!

And it’s super, super easy to set up. In fact, we think it’s so important that we’ve already done it for you :)

Automate Safe Upgrade settings
Doesn’t get much easier than that.

Of course, you can configure the email that you want the email sent to and also the frequency. I like “immediately,” so I can see if there are any issues, but you can also get daily, weekly or monthly digests.

And, of course, there’s a complete log where you can now not only review updates and backups but also the screen grabs that Safe Upgrade has made!

Automate Safe Upgrades log
A detailed log of every upgrade, just for you

And we’re not stopping there!

In the next month or so, expect to see some other super useful features added to the WordPress thunder down under, specifically:

  • Scheduled Automate – So that you can set Automate (and Safe Upgrade) to run at set times. For example, during the week when you’re at work so if something happens you can fix it up ASAP.
  • Threshold Alerts – If your site is down then you want to know about it immediately (and we already provide that with Uptime) but we’re going to allow you to only receive an email if Safe Upgrade detects, say, a greater than 25% difference in before and after screen grabs (you can set the %).

But why stop there?

Let us know how you like Safe Upgrades and any other new Automate features you’d like in the comments, we can’t wait to get your feedback :)

And, if you’re not already a WPMU DEV member, why not take a free 30 day trial to see how we can change your WordPress ways forever!

James Farmer
Let us know what you think about Safe Upgrades! If there are any other features you'd like in Automate, let us know in the comments!