Azure Web Sites – WordPress plugin update bug fixed

Windows Azure Web Sites has recently been upgraded to a new version. Among all the improvements and bug fixes in the new version there is one change that fixes a known issue with update of WordPress plugins. There have been numerous questions about this problem at the Azure Web Sites forum.

After the service upgrade the Windows Azure Web Sites now uses a newer version of WinCache – 1.3.4. This version has a fix for for the plugin update problem. I tried it and was able to update all of plugins on my site without a problem:

Plugin Upgrade Works

Other PHP related changes in this release of WAWS include newer PHP version (5.3.19) and support for UTF-8 encoding for server variables REQUEST_URI and PATH_INFO.

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ruslany on March 20th 2013 in PHP, WAWS, WinCache, WordPress

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4 Responses to “Azure Web Sites – WordPress plugin update bug fixed”

  1. Gravatar Imagemichaelea responded on 30 Oct 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I just tried to download and install WinCache 1.3.5 for PHP 5.5.3

    I searched a half-hour in WPI and despite info. that it would be there as an option, I couldn’t find it. In addition trying to get the corrrect version from sourceforge requires you to be – somewhat observant!

    Just an fyi on my experience with WinCache on a local WIMP setup.

    In short – what should have taken 5 minutes took (me) an hour or more and I’m still not convinced I have the latest ‘stable’ version of WinCache.

    Just sharing my experience.

  2. Gravatar ImageMatt Whetton responded on 10 Jan 2014 at 1:47 am #

    Is this update applied automatically to all azure websites, or are we meant to do something? I’m still having issues updating wordpress plugins on azure.

    I can work around it, but its far from idea.

  3. Gravatar ImageMike Bifulco responded on 16 Jan 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I’m still running into this issue with my Azure hosted WordPress site – every time I try to update the plugins on my site, I see the following:


    Downloading update from https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/google-analyticator.6.4.7.3.zip…

    Unpacking the update…

    Installing the latest version…

    Removing the old version of the plugin…

    Could not copy file. C:/DWASFiles/Sites/designpodcast/VirtualDirectory0/site/wwwroot/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/LICENSE

    Plugin update failed.

    What’s more, this seems to have brought my WordPress installation down entirely! No markup is spit out from the server when I try to access the site. At the very least, how do I roll that back? any idea?

  4. Gravatar ImageMike Bifulco responded on 16 Jan 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    An update – I read the php_errors.log file on my site, and ended up having to copy/paste the failed plugins over to my site manually. How annoying. I’ll try to sort out this caching issue before updating anything else in the future.

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