Ok, I must have done this wrong. Or maybe I was on too old of a version of wordpress.
I wanted to install sociable, a popular wordpress plugin that makes it easy for your visitors to digg, facebook, etc.. your blog posts. However the most recent sociable version did not work with my current version of wordpress 2.3.3, which is quite old. It was obviously time for me to upgrade wordpress.
Installing wordpress is a snap, but it seemed less clear how to upgrade. The wordpress codex seemed indicate I should download the latest version .. but I was a little concerned about overwriting all my customizations, it also mentioned that my hosting provider might provide some point and click support for what I wanted to do.
Excellent! I thought (I can be really lazy about this stuff)
I use bluehost. Since I have installed wordpress they have started using simple scripts in place of fantastico (yes the install was a while ago). I followed the prompts and then got the dreaded error about finding some incompatibilities and asking permission to overwrite. I of course said no, but that stopped the process cold. I apparently had no option but to say yes.
But before I said yes (yes please overwrite files you aren’t telling me anything about …) I used filezilla to pull down a backup of all my files. Then, with some trepidation, I clicked yes to the overwrite prompt.
The first sign of trouble was that it gave me a new password for my admin account. Umm, I don’t use “admin” for my admin account. I then went to my blog and what was staring at me was the default wordpress theme with the single hello world post. Insert your favorite expletive here.
The lost of the theme wasn’t hugely concerning, that was easy to fix. And in fact I just went into the admin, switched themes to greyidea (the theme I’m using), with all my extensive customizations to it intact.
But none of the 100 or so blog posts. That seemed like a major problem, I hadn’t thought to back up the database (wordpress keeps a lot of stuff in a mySQL database). I would have rather rebuilt the theme.
But was all my posts gone? phpadmin is a most handy tool. And sure enough there were two databases. A peek at my saved wpconfig file showed I was pointing a different database. A quick fix (glad I saved the original config file so I had the username and password!) to wpconfig, upload, and I was back in business. Everything, even my original admin account started working again.
Installing sociable was easy compared to the “upgrade”.
So the question is, is there a easier way to upgrade wordpress to the latest version?
Kathy Alice Brown is a SEO expert specializing in Technical SEO and Content. In her spare time she loves to get outside.