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.
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.
YOU DO BACK UP YOUR BLOG FREQUENTLY, do you?
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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