What a relief! For the past few months I’ve been running WordPress 2.5 on three of the four WordPress blogs my family and I currently use (Learning Signs, Eyes Right and Talking Science) but I’ve held off upgrading my main Speed of Creativity blog because I’ve been burned before with WordPress upgrades. They SHOULD go off without a hitch, but there CAN be problems. As I reported back in April, I’ve been fairly happy with the new interface which was introduced with WordPress 2.5 overall, but have been hesitant to make the switch on my main blog because I thought I preferred the “old” dashboard, and because I haven’t wanted to risk the upgrade YET if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. Familiarity breeds loyalty, I suppose, and upgrades CAN be stressful. Yet for security reasons, upgrading a blog installation is as important as installing new operating system patches when they come out. The release of the iPhone WordPress application this last week is what finally pushed me over the edge, I think, along with the release of WordPress 2.6. The iPhone WordPress application requires that you run at least version 2.5, so to have any chance of following in the footsteps of others like Bob Sprankle experimenting this summer with mobile blogging, I certainly needed to install this WordPress update. 🙂
Upgrading my first three WordPress blogs was VERY quick and easy: Plug-ins deactivated, new WP files uploaded quickly, updated the database with the upgrade URL, and re-activated the plug-ins. Quick, fast, easy. The way a WordPress upgrade should be.
With this blog, however, things were not quite so smooth and fast.
I started by downloading a full backup of my mySQL database for my blog using pHpMyAdmin. I always feel better right after downloading a full backup of my blog. How many hours of work does this single file represent? I have no idea, but it would be a serious blow to lose all this data. My WordPress mySQL database is currently 37.2 MB in size. Not overly huge by current video file standards, but still pretty large for a text file.
After making the local backup of my database, I downloaded and uploaded/installed three plug-ins for which new versions are available. No problems there.
I next deactivated all my WordPress plug-ins. When I started to upload the new WordPress 2.6 files to my server, however, I ran into some trouble. For some reason, the upload was VERY slow, and then it timed out! Ouch! It took three attempts before FINALLY I saw this screen… What a relief!
I’m not sure if the slow upload was due to hits on my site or local access issues. Whatever the case, I am relieved the update was successful. I did have to run the database upgrade URL command several times before it “took,” and I freely admit I was holding my breath when it appeared there might be a glitch. Now, however, it appears all is well:
I’m amazed that Akismet has “protected my site from 71,557 spam comments” to date. Good grief. That statistic is the reason I included the suggestion in my last post that educators select a blogging tool with EXCELLENT anti-blog spam comment functionality. I am delighted that the anti-spam commenting functionality in WordPress is good enough at this point that I do NOT have to moderate all comments to my blog. This certainly permits the conversations here to be more free flowing and dynamic.
I am also relieved that the PodPress plugin seems to be working fine without problems under the new installation. This was also one of the reasons I delayed my WordPress blog upgrade– I’ve been using the Podpress-generated podcast URL’s in my podcast feed (which I create and publish with FeedForAll Mac) since podcast 176, I think, and if that plug-in failed I’d end up spending hours re-creating that podcast feed with corrected URLs. I am soooooo glad I won’t have to do that!
My last upgrade step this evening was copying my full mySQL WordPress database up to my Mobile Me “iDisk” site for backup purposes. As a zipped file, it was just 7 MB. I will be able to sleep well tonight!
Have you had good or bad experiences with WordPress upgrades, or specifically WordPress 2.6 and plug-in incompatabilities? My main “bad experience” with a WordPress upgrade happened when I forgot to first deactivate my plug-ins before upgrading one time. That is certainly a no-no to avoid at all costs. Migrating my Wordpres blogs to a new webhost was also a bit of a nightmare. Hopefully I won’t have to ever do that again.
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- How important are these digital skills for you as an educator? (poll) - 2010
- Transformative power of flash-based video cameras - 2008
- links for 2008-07-26 - 2008
- Let's work together, shall we?! - 2007
- A digital playground of dreams? - 2007
- Podguides and virtual field trips - 2006
- Track MTI 2006! - 2006
- Prescriptions for 21st Century Intentional Living - 2005
- Living in an Attention Economy - 2005