How To Manually Upgrade Wordpress
Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:00 AM
My blog is a Wordpress blog. It's still at v 2.2.1. Typically I upgrade using Fantastico, offered by my host. It's gone smoothly and for me, required no labor. It was automatic.
I had read warnings that this is a bad choice. That automatic upgrades can destroy a blog or mess things up. I ignored them.
Thank heavens I did a full backup first. The auto update killed my blog. It was inaccessible and I couldn't find the source of the problem. So I rolled everything back (no small thing.)
Everything is intact except the Categories. They're gone! Years of blog posts are now uncategorized. I put back a few, but it would take hours and hours to fix this manually.
I have two questions.
1. Is there a way to get the categories back?
2. How do I manually upgrade? Is there a step by step write up somewhere?
Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:17 AM
Here is a step by step guide, using phpMyAdmin
- Try making a test install of WP elsewhere, and dropping the database backup into that install.
- Turn off all plugins first, so that if there is a plugin problem you will be able to more easily isolate what's going on.
- After everything is tested and working, repeat the process for your working, public blog.
Edited by AbleReach, 26 April 2008 - 11:34 AM.
Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:28 AM
Wordpress.org on manually upgrading WordPress
A video tour of WP 2.5, by Matt Mullenweg. He is the founding developer of WordPress - about Matt, from his site
A pretty decent video about how to manually upgrade, using an earlier WP, but still will work.
Edited by AbleReach, 26 April 2008 - 11:33 AM.
Posted 26 April 2008 - 01:05 PM
They also mention that you can now download a Secret Key and provide code that should be added to your wp-config.php file. This gives added security against heavy-duty hackers.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:09 AM
He also upgraded it to the latest version for me, because I'm too chicken to do it myself.
Now, I've discovered that since the WP upgrade, ALL my Sphinn votes for posts have been reset to zip/zero/nada. All that history is gone! (Except the new post from yesterday.)
I've reported it to Sphinn - http://sphinn.com/story/43518
but wanted to reach out and warn others if this is something new.
Not sure how to fix it either
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:25 AM
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:32 AM
That sounds really serious! Are you sure the posts' URLs are the same as before the upgrade? It could be a simple slash at the end or whatever. CHECK IT NOW!!! Please.
Now, I've discovered that since the WP upgrade, ALL my Sphinn votes for posts have been reset to zip/zero/nada.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:44 AM
Joe needed to mess with the database to fix the category problem. He may have a better idea about what may have happened.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:47 PM
I didn't actually figure out what went wrong in the upgrade which caused the loss of your categories, for the record --- I only discovered what blew up your blog in it's entirety! I was able to restore your categories purely by brute force and a little bit of knowledge about how WP manages categories.
It was a canonicalization issue in which the WP (enforced in WP 2.3+ but NOT enforced in 2.2-) contradicted the existing settings, causing a redirect loop.
All right, I was right - I reversed the canonicalization, and now you've lost the most recent Sphinns, but you've got everything else back.
The problem was that your home page was being forced to WWW but everything ELSE was set to being non-WWW --- because of the changes in Wordpress, it's no longer an option to have both versions.
Posted 30 April 2008 - 12:59 PM
I hope this helps people in the same boat down the road
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