I say screw the step-by-step tutorial and just wham, bang, thank you ma’am when I upgrade my WordPress. So far, I have upgraded at least 10 blogs to WordPress 2.5. I just upload the new folders over without deactivating plugin or back-up.
Don’t try it unless you know you have a reliable webmaster to help you out in case you screwed it. Normally, I start with a smallish blog first. I auto backup all my blogs every night and the files are safely stored in some Google Gmail account. So, no worries. If the database is messed up, I can always holler and my webmaster/webhost Bryan will help. I think. Moreover, I use minimal plugins and update them often.
So, it has been a breeze upgrading to the new WordPress 2.5. What I love most about WordPress 2.5 is the auto updating of our WordPress plugins. Woohoo…we no longer need to download the plugin, extract and upload by ftp. Now, it is just one buttong from our WordPress dashboard.
Now, why is it a bitch to upgrade? Because the line is shitty and this morning, when I was in a rush to go to church, the uploading died midway. I have a blog that has gone poof-ed and I need to steal my neighbour’s line to complete it. Bad….
With over 20 WordPress blogs (and maybe even more) which are stored at two different webhosts and four different ftp accounts, it is really tiring to keep up with them. But upgrade I must.
You should upgrade too.
Andrew Ooi(March 30, 2008 - 10:30 pm)
You know how I upgrade? I just upload the whole thing in one big ZIP file, go to CPanel and unzip it to a temp folder. Use the file manager to copy and overwrite all the old files one shot. All done in under than 5 minutes for each upgrade. Of course that’s without back up and time tedious process of turning off the plugin one by one before overwriting..
So far no problem :)
Wing Loon(March 30, 2008 - 11:58 pm)
Cool. Didn’t thought of that…upload the WordPress zip file and extract it. Good move Andrew, :)
My upgrades takes me 10 mins…with backuping the database, the old WordPress files and upgrades some of the plugins. So far so good.
lilian(March 31, 2008 - 12:24 am)
wing loon – My streamyx is especially lagging so I lost count of the time. All I know is sitting here and doing my blogs the whole day already because I need to upgrade some of the plugins as well.
andrew – I never login to cpanel because the folders there make me very confuse as I have almost the same blog/folder names as I bought up all the extensions. LOL. So, I usually use filezilla as it is easier for me to monitor.
Andrew Ooi(March 31, 2008 - 12:38 am)
I also used to do what you do. File upload one by one using FileZilla but it takes over an hour because of the occasional dropped ftp connection (donno why). But the most frustrating is after all file transferred, there may be one or two corrupted ones that just gives me the White Screen. After that I just give up. Cpanel is my only choice nowadays.
philin(March 31, 2008 - 12:29 pm)
I also upgraded last night my 3 blogs with wordpress 2.5. Easy and fast.
Bryan(April 1, 2008 - 12:33 am)
Andrew, overwriting can be very risky, more risky than you delete the folder using File Manager. There is no way to undo overwriting, whereas at least if you delete the folder you still can get it back from the Recycle Bin.
lilian(April 1, 2008 - 1:08 am)
Bryan – Thanks for pointing out. LOL, don’t worry, I dare not try the method. I never even login to cpanel, after kena one time, sked forever.
philin – The upgrading is a breeze indeed.
andrew – Yeah, that’s the problem with our streamyx hor, keep cutting off and I have to keep starting from fresh folder.
wingloon – Note Bryan’s warning hor, cos he is my webmaster and he kena layan my ‘Help Bryan, I think I screwed up my blogs again.’
How to upgrade WordPress in under 7 minutes using CPanel | Andrew Ooi(April 1, 2008 - 12:52 pm)
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