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i have seen fear and convenience

by Jen at 12:16 pm on 6.09.2009 | 2 Comments
filed under: mundane mayhem

so: oh my god. i just manually upgraded two wordpress installations in under 15 minutes. (if you run wordpress and haven’t already upgraded to 2.8.4, you need to do it now!)

back when i first started this blog, 5 and a half years ago, very few people had self-hosted wordpress installations. and really? i had no idea what i was doing. i knew from nothing about css or php or mysql. i couldn’t tell a php declaration from a hole in the wall. and every time you upgraded your wordpress installation, you had to do it all manually. so this here, is what i used to go through each and every time. it all *sounds* easy enough. but really, it was a bitch.

the quickest way to start learning css and php and mysql? when upgrading goes horribly wrong.

the blood! the sweat! the tears! oh, the tears.

and so through much trial and error, i would spend hours figuring out what had fucked up. where the files had become corrupted. how to restore from the backup database. etc., etc., etc. it was all very painful, and i began to associate upgrading with the kind of post-traumatic stress usually only seen in shell-shocked veterans. ah, those were the good old days.

praise jeezus, upgrading these days is practically a touch-button process if you have a standard installation. a few weeks ago my friend amity was having trouble upgrading her wordpress, and we managed to do it from a starbucks. it all seemed pretty blase to her, of course. she’s only ever experienced the modern-day wordpress.

but for people like me who, by necessity, learned the ins-and-outs of the wordpress – the admin configs, the template code, the calls and querys of “the loop”, the table indexes – it all seems pretty miraculous. so while i still sat down at the computer this morning with not a small amount of dread, my upgrading fear is truly gone. i had a cup of coffee, upgraded, and sat down to blog about it )


fear and convenience – thao and the get down, stay down

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    Comment by A Free Man

    8.09.2009 @ 00:14 am

    I tried upgrading automatically and it gave me a ‘fatal error’, which scares the crap out of me. But everything seems OK. May have to do it the old-fashioned way. Or just leave it. Is it really that much of an improvement over 2.8.3?

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    Comment by Jen

    8.09.2009 @ 05:46 am

    it’s not about improvement, it’s about security. i had only recently upgraded, and yeah, had to do it all over again. but there’s a particularly nasty worm which is making the rounds.

    but according to the article i linked above, anything after 2.8.3. is safe, so you should be okay.

    still, it’s something you’ll have to do again at some point – as i said, it’s become soooo much easier. and as long as you have a database backup, nothing is irrecoverable.

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