Fixing WordPress Automatic Updates on 1and1

This issue had been bugging me forever. The automatic update functionality of WordPress, for plugins and themes, never worked well. Occasionally it did, but usually I had to secure shell (ssh) and update manually.

I finally found the fix. Login to 1and1 using secure shell (ssh) . At the root of your account edit (vi) the .htaccess file. Add the following commands to the top:

AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

This applies to the 1and1 service.