Upgrading to WordPress 2.1
The other day I decided to upgrade two of my WordPress blogs from version 2.04 and 2.05 to version 2.1, mainly because the provider of my webhosting servers was insisting. I went to the script library in cPanel and found the new version listed, along with the upgrade button. Nothing happened when I pressed it.
So, it looked like I would have to do it the hard way, a process I had not tried before. Perhaps I’ll write it up for new users in the future, because it was a bit of a paerchase finding all of the relvant information.
I wish I had found Technosailor’s post – WordPress 2.1 Gotchas - BEFORE I did this upgrade!
I carefully backed up everything I could think of – files, database, templates, EVERYTHING! Then I followed the procedure in the WordPress Codex carefully.
All went well, except for timeouts when trying to restore the database files. Fortunately I had saved these in both open and zipped format, and found that updating directly from the zipped version was much faster and immediately successful.
Of course, after doing the first site, and overcoming the various hurdles, I got a bit more confident with the second. You guessed it – I started to forget things, like running the upgrade script. Like not copying back the old index.php and .httacess files. When I went to the site – no posts.
It’s all humming along happily now, and I’m feeling a bit more like tackling another 15 blogs, including a number I will have to transfer from Blogger.com first. I did my first such transfer a few days ago without too much drama.
I figure it is better to do this now before I have too much traffic and too many links to lose.