Before I migrate this blog to a new theme, I first needed to upgrade my wordpress version from 2.8 to 3.0.4. Tonight I took the plunge. As a former Web IT manager I’ve been burned by software upgrades. A firewall upgrade once took out a major site I managed for 3 days. In another incident, we had to roll back an upgrade to some software because it crashed our web server every 20 minutes. So yeah I have some scars.
However, this upgrade was practically a non event. No wiping out of all my posts (which I have seen before), my ummm customized (hacked) theme was not affected one bit. So all the precautions I took were not needed. However doesn’t mean that you should throw caution to the winds and not backup your files and database. Here are the steps I took:
What I backed up:
And that was it! I haven’t checked everything … but it seems to have gone very smoothly.
Kathy Alice Brown is a SEO expert specializing in Technical SEO and Content. In her spare time she loves to get outside.