I don’t usually post on Fridays but after monitoring twitter and the WordPress forums for issues with the WordPress 2.8 upgrade, I decided a quick post was needed. And, yes, WordPress 2.8 was released a day late.
I always recommend NOT upgrading the first day a new version of WordPress is released. While WordPress itself is stable there are SO many plugins and themes that can cause issues. And it’s not possible for the WordPress gang to test for every possible configuration out there.
So, first, please note that this message is just a notification it is not a command or an order. It may be tempting but it is not required that you click the link.
Before you do click on that link take the time to do a little bit of research.
- Check the forums for issues that others are having.
- Check the plugin compatibility list. Do you have any plugins that you can’t live without or that will break your site if deactivated?
- Check the theme compatibility list. This is especially true for Thesis users. Wait for the go ahead from Thesis before upgrading.
- If you still must click the link, MAKE A BACKUP of your database, wp-content folder and wp-config file. You should be backing these up regularly anyway.
- If you don’t know how to use ftp, troubleshoot potential issues, or restore the previous version of WordPress, either wait to upgrade or find a friend who can help you out. I certainly don’t like to earn money off of people’s misfortunes but if you do run into a big problem, I can fix it for you.
If you blog isn’t that important to you, then ignore my advice. If, like me, you depend on it for your livelihood, I highly recommend taking a deep breath and doing some research and site maintenance before clicking the upgrade button. And, you know me, I still think manual upgrades are the way to go.
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