Upgrade and Update interchangeable?
|Reported by:||RanYanivHartstein||Owned by:|
In 3.0, upgrade and update are used seemingly interchangeably, for themes, plugins and core. This can lead to unnecessary confusion - in some cases, the two terms are used to describe the same thing.
In #4868, it's stated that "update" should generally be used to refer to "new versions". This was, apparently, to differentiate between *updating* to a new version and then *upgrading* the database.
However, this is no longer "enforced" in 3.0.
For example, for plugins and themes, I might see "3 upgrades available", but when I want to run the update/upgrade, I need to click "Update Plugins". After that, I may get this error: "Plugin upgrade failed".
This is just a quick example to demonstrate the issue. There are more instances of upgrade/update across the UI. I can give a more detailed list or just provide a patch.
My suggestion is to revisit the original conclusion of #4868, and decide again which term should be used when updating/upgrading either core, plugins or themes.
Personally, I vote for "upgrade":
Most users won't understand the difference between updating their files and upgrading the DB schema (which is probably one of the reasons automatic update was added in the first place). The way developers treat it in the code shouldn't necessarily be reflected in the UI. To users, it would make more sense to treat these two actions as two stages in the upgrade process, instead of two separate processes.
This thinking can inform other changes in the upgrade process, or just lead to a more uniform use of upgrade/update. Either way, the current state of things is confusing.
Change History (9)
- Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.1
- Priority changed from normal to lowest
- Severity changed from normal to trivial
comment:7 @SergeyBiryukov — 4 years ago
- Resolution fixed deleted
- Status changed from closed to reopened