WordPress Upgrade

I updated my blog yesterday to WordPress version 2.7.1. It’s a release update to solve the 2.7 bugs that were reported by users.

I used the automatic update function that is now standard in WordPress for the first time. Just for security reasons, I tried this feature on one of my other blogs first and didn’t experience a single problem. Then, I updated all my blogs this way after creating a back up for security. It went smoothly.

It seems however, that others have experienced lots of problems (do a Blog Search for WordPress Upgrade problems if you want to know more). Some weren’t even able to upgrade and had to use a backup to restore their blog again.

Wordpress Upgrade

That may be due to some hosts who won’t allow you to upgrade automatically. If you experience any problems, you may want to check out Core Update Host Compatibility.
Others play with permission settings, but that can lead to security problems, so you have to be very careful changing them.

As a solution, many people experiencing problems used the ‘old fashioned’ method by just downloading the new WordPress version and using FTP to install it on their server. That worked pretty well, since there were no database changes in this WordPress upgrade.

Others still used the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin and failed likewise (they may have used an old version), while The Instant Upgrade plugin seems to work perfectly.

In the past I used the WordPress Automatic Upgrade to upgrade to new release versions and there’s a significant difference between the two methods.

While using the ‘old’ plugin you had the option to upgrade completely automatically or in a step-by-step process. I always used the latter, just to know what happened in case anything went wrong.

Using the new build-in upgrade feature you can’t follow what’s happening. It didn’t matter, because everything went all right, but when that would not have been the case, I really wouldn’t have known what went wrong in what stage. And in such a situation, you’d better know how to restore your backed up files.


I saved my bloglife several times after being hacked once and after an host error who deleted all my files.

I use the WP-DBManager plugin to manage all of my tables. It can be set up so that all tables are optimized automatically, an automatic backup is saved on your server (I have 5 backup versions there) AND it sends a backup to my email address once a day.

A perfect plugin that, again, saved my blog more than once. I strongly recommend installing it and at some point test your blog backup and restore procedure.

I suggest you use this information to upgrade your WordPress blog as soon as possible. Blogs get hacked every day and as a victim of such a process I can assure you it’s a lot of work to get your blog up again. So…

…upgrade, backup and try the backup/restore process at least once.

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12 thoughts on “WordPress Upgrade

  1. Natural Beef says:

    I just installed the upgrade to my personal blog and it worked great. I have had problems in the past where I would upgrade and it completely destroyed my blog. I have also not updated before because I didn’t want anything to break and my blog ended up being hacked. It was so frustrating. I had to start all over. I am glad it is working for me. It is a lot less stressful.

  2. joe comp says:

    what different if we upgrade and if we don’t upgrade?because i still use wordpress 2.5.i want to automatically upgrade in my wp blog but unfortunately my wp blog don’t want to upgrade,it have a message can’t connect to server πŸ™

  3. Justice O. Omorodion says:

    I nearly gave up yesterday when I was trying to upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1 due to some of the problems you point out on this post. It was through trial and error for me to get it done.

    Wish I had read this post before that! Anyway, thank God I was able to get through it without shooting down the whole system.

    Great post you did my guy!

  4. how to import says:

    I tried the automatic upgrade for WordPress 2.7.1 and was hit with a fatal error (Fatal error: Cannot redeclare pclziputilpathreduction()”. It makes sense that the now built in automatic upgrade will interfere with the older plugin. So disable the plugin.

    Then I get a failed to copy / permission denied on a file I can’t remember.

    So I downloaded the latest version, and overwrote my existing installation.

    And then I got the white screen of doom (nothing coming through).

    So I saw that directory permissions were incorrect, and used a multiple CHMOD to fix it. And here we are.


  5. Scott says:

    The first time I tried upgrading to WordPress 2.7, it failed. It wasn’t because of the software but due to a lack of disk space. However, it wasn’t completely obvious all at once.

    Luckily, I had a backup of everything and restored it, then increased the quota, then installed and everything went smooth like butta’.

    I absolutely love WordPress 2.7.x and hope they keep doing what they’re doing. But, as you say, backup! — you won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

  6. Stephanie says:

    Although I love WordPress, I always dread updating it. It seems that it causes more problems than it’s worth. Then, some of my plugins are always out of date. Finally, I gave up and now just work on blogspot and don’t worry about what it looks like anymore or how it works. It takes too much of my time tweaking everything.

    Plastic Surgery

  7. Novo Emprego says:

    Helo, i like the automatic wordpress upgrade function and the auto install plugin, but, i.m waiting to themes automatic installation!

  8. Alan says:

    Upgrading WordPress just freaks me out! Thanks for the recommendation for the WP-DBManager plugin. I’m going to install that today.

  9. Frank says:

    I’m so paranoid about updating wordpress versions on my blog that I will literally only do it in the middle of the night on a weekend (when traffic is at the absolute lowest). And I will never update right away… I always give it a few weeks at least so other users can experience the issues and kinks first and I can learn from them. It shouldn’t have to be like this!

  10. Portland Web Design says:

    I’ve been a computer nerd all my life, and I hate doing updates. What happened to the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’? πŸ™‚ I have a wordpress blog as well – see articles under my link, but I’m going to wait on the update.

    Backing up at least weekly is an absolute must, though, I agree.

    -Tony Kau

  11. Sean says:

    Just upgraded my version of WordPress and everything is working smoothly but a Form plugin. When I click on the forum link, it sends me to a 404 page… strange. Overall, I am happy with the new release and where the WordPress platform is headed. Lots of good CMS features.


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