A new version 2.8 of WordPress was released this week and Iâ€™ve upgraded this blog to that latest version.
2.8 has some significant new features, enhancements and fixes. What better way to show you what some of them are â€“ just get a load of the much-improved new widgets admin â€“ than with this short WordPress video.
Iâ€™ve written quite a few times in the past about upgrading blogs to the latest version of WordPress whenever one is released. Upgrading is usually a pain-free experience as long as you do some simple but important preparation beforehand.
Here are my six steps for upgrading a WordPress installation:
- Back up the WordPress MySQL database.
- Disable all plugins (yes, every single one) and revert the theme to the WordPress default aka Kubrick.
- My hosting service, DreamHost, offers a simple, effective and reliable software installer known as 1-Click. So I run DreamHost 1-Click and wait for email confirmation that the upgrade has been done. That usually takes less than 10 minutes.
- Next, log in to the blog and immediately re-enable the two most important plugins: Akismet and Bad Behaviour, the first line of defence against the spammers and other bad guys.
- Re-enable the usual theme. (In my case, thatâ€™s Thesis. I didnâ€™t enable it immediately as I installed new version 1.5.1 first.)
- Re-activate all my other plugins one by one, testing after each one to be sure they work (hereâ€™s a list of the plugins I have running, all of which work with WP 2.8).
If your hosting service doesnâ€™t offer a reliable one-click service (such as Fantastico), there is a feature in WordPress since version 2.7 to automatically upgrade your installation.
You could try that. But I would strongly suggest you still follow the 6 steps Iâ€™ve outlined; just use the WordPress installer in step 3.