Be careful before you upgrade to Wordpress 3.2 !!

by Patrick 32 replies
Hello Warriors,

Wordpress 3.2 has been released recently. Just a tip to those who want to upgrade their Wordpress website to the latest one, make sure you create a backup before upgrading.

A lot of plugins and some custom coding (if you have them), are not compatible with the latest version of Wordpress.

Make sure you create a backup of your websites, before upgrading Wordpress to the latest version.
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  • Profile picture of the author SpinnerHawk
    True, unless there are urgent security problem, it's better to wait for a couple of weeks before you update WP to the latest one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Mercer
    Agreed on both counts.

    1. Always backup before any changes
    2. Wait a little bit before any major upgrade (barring any security issues of course). Normally anything that is an issue will pop up during the first week or so.

    For those interested, WordPress created a great little video on the changes...

    It's on their main website (and about 3 mins long).

    I like the "Just Write" feature myself!

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  • Profile picture of the author SurajSodha
    golden advice! here is a list of some of the new features - Version 3.2 « WordPress Codex

    also worth double checking your database and server is running on the required configuration as WP 3.2 needs a specific requirement of:

    PHP 5.2.4 or greater
    MySQL 5.0.15 or greater


    worth checking with your hosting co before you upgrade....just incase. although most decent hosts should meet this requirement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    A lot of people must be thinking it is just another "upgrade" where you click upgrade and it gets upgraded automatically, but many dont know that it is a BIG upgrade in terms of server requirements.

    Even if you are not upgrading, better backup everything in case there is a security loophole.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I never upgrade until it's been out for quite some time. I don't want to be their beta tester, plus it gives the plugin coders time to catch up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Henry White
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I never upgrade until it's been out for quite some time. I don't want to be their beta tester, plus it gives the plugin coders time to catch up.
      Agreed! And with the plugins, you can/should check the pages for those plugins before you do anything you'll regret in less than a minute.

      Fortunately, the coders on both sides of this combination fully appreciate how vital the other is, and the plugin coders get a bit of a jump on alpha versions.

      There are enough users and huge fans of WP eager to beta test new versions, almost of all the glitches should be caught before the official version is released.

      WP seems to be mature, stable, and robust enough to handle almost anything. "Past performance is no guarantee..."
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    • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I never upgrade until it's been out for quite some time. I don't want to be their beta tester, plus it gives the plugin coders time to catch up.
      This has been my philosophy when it comes to upgrading now.

      Learned my lesson with the last upgrade...lol :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Wooo. Just upgraded a ton of sites. Some are single installations, others are multi-site installations that utilise the Networks for Wordpress plugin (allows you to set up blogs on separate domains, not just subdomains/sub-folders, with one central installation).

    So far, so good. All went smoothly; everything seems to be working.

    I gotta say ... the new admin theme/layout is crackin', and it feels like they've made some pretty significant performance improvements.
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    • Profile picture of the author sanssecret
      I just upgraded a site by accident. Well, ok, so it wasn't an accidental upgrade, but I thought it was just a site I'd missed in the last upgrade. (goes to show how often I take care of this particular site )

      Almost had a heart attack when I saw the new dashboard. Seems they wanted me to upgrade to the latest FF so I could have a better WP experience. Who knew?

      Luckily, it all went smoothly and the site appears to be just fine. As for me, I'll by paying more attention to what I'm doing in future.
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    • Profile picture of the author HigherPrThanGod
      I just updated my Wordpress Multisite/domain mapping install and it worked fine. I updated all plugins first. I also have several plugins like NexGen Gallery and WordTube enabled.. and they appear to be working with no problems across all my sites. I'm on Hostgator shared.

      Just FYI for people scared to death to take the plunge. I like how it does seem faster in the pages, posts, links and ect areas.
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        I have some questions about the update..

        1. I've heard that before you update to a new WordPress version, you should backup your site.

        What do you have to backup exactly? Do you just need to backup the database with a plugin such as WP database backup or do you need to backup the entire site?

        2. When you update plugins to the latest version, do you also need to backup your site first or do you only need to do that when updating WordPress to the newest version?

        3. On the WordPress forum, ive been told that you should use a child theme so changes you make to the theme don't get overwritten, when you perform an update.

        Do you only need to use a child theme if your using the default theme (TwentyTen) or should you use a child theme regardless of what theme you are using?
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        • Profile picture of the author Patrick
          Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

          I have some questions about the update..

          1. I've heard that before you update to a new WordPress version, you should backup your site.

          What do you have to backup exactly? Do you just need to backup the database with a plugin such as WP database backup or do you need to backup the entire site?

          2. When you update plugins to the latest version, do you also need to backup your site first or do you only need to do that when updating WordPress to the newest version?

          3. On the WordPress forum, ive been told that you should use a child theme so changes you make to the theme don't get overwritten, when you perform an update.

          Do you only need to use a child theme if your using the default theme (TwentyTen) or should you use a child theme regardless of what theme you are using?

          If you are using cpanel, there is an option for automatic backup, it would be better if you ask your hosting provider where to do backups from. You just need to download, the home directory (usually public_html if you have cpanel) and the database to your hard drive.

          Before you make any change in the website, whether upgrade wordpress or even a plugin, its always safe to backup to be on the safe side. You might lose HOURS of hard work by just one click !

          About the child theme, that applies only if you are using a premium theme. If you are using a basic theme like Twenty Ten, then you don't need to worry about this part.

          Hope this helps, good luck !
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          • Profile picture of the author cooler1
            Originally Posted by schwarzes View Post

            If you are using cpanel, there is an option for automatic backup, it would be better if you ask your hosting provider where to do backups from. You just need to download, the home directory (usually public_html if you have cpanel) and the database to your hard drive.

            Before you make any change in the website, whether upgrade wordpress or even a plugin, its always safe to backup to be on the safe side. You might lose HOURS of hard work by just one click !

            About the child theme, that applies only if you are using a premium theme. If you are using a basic theme like Twenty Ten, then you don't need to worry about this part.

            Hope this helps, good luck !
            Isn't the database also stored in the public_html folder? Wouldn't the database get backed up if you copy this folder to your hard drive or does it need to be backed up seperately?

            Only premium theme? I heard that you should use a child theme if you are using Twenty Ten.

            I recently was using Twenty Ten, but I wasn't using a child theme and when I updated WordPress, I lost the changes which I made to the theme. It didn't matter much because the changes were fairly small ones, such as the positioning of the header.
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            • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
              Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

              Isn't the database also stored in the public_html folder? Wouldn't the database get backed up if you copy this folder to your hard drive or is that seperate?
              The live Wordpress database is not stored in the public_html folder under normal circumstances, no.

              (That'd be dangerous, since it'd potentially allow anyone to download your database and thus gain access to your login information/passwords, etc.)

              It's stored elsewhere on the server, in a directory you normally cannot access directly through FTP.

              But if you use cPanel to generate a full backup, the database will normally be included within the backup file. Although, for the same reason outlined above, that backup won't normally be stored in the public_html directory, either.
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            • Profile picture of the author Patrick
              Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

              Isn't the database also stored in the public_html folder? Wouldn't the database get backed up if you copy this folder to your hard drive or does it need to be backed up seperately?

              Only premium theme? I heard that you should use a child theme if you are using Twenty Ten.

              I recently was using Twenty Ten, but I wasn't using a child theme and when I updated WordPress, I lost the changes which I made to the theme. It didn't matter much because the changes were fairly small ones, such as the positioning of the header.
              If you use any Wordpress backup plugin, then you can download the database along, since they store the mysql backup in a folder, which is usually wp-content/backup.

              You can read about the backup in detail over here

              Backing Up Your Database « WordPress Codex

              About the child theme, yep my mistake coz when you upgrade Wordpress, your current Twenty ten theme gets over-written, thats why it is always safe to backup.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bovie
    Just upgraded mine as well. No problems so far, and i like the new layout!
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    So is there no point in using the WP database backup plugin then, if you can just make a backup of all your sites in cPanel before updating WordPress?
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  • Profile picture of the author fishman9444
    I learned my lesson to always upgrade immediately to the new wordpress version after being hacked a few months ago. They came thru an older version of wordpress (according to Hostgator) and planted scripts in my shared hosting account that created 100's of phony posts and then 1000's of backlinks. I still do not understand how it worked but I now have sites with 10k to 20k LD backlinks. It looks like they come from sites that were hacked too. I bet those people do not realize they were hacked. I only saw it when looking at my statcounter.

    Always upgrade, backup databases and change your passwords regularly.
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  • Profile picture of the author nelaffiliate
    Thanks.... I usually like waiting a few months just to observe reactions and feedbacks before upgrading anything. Its wise to be cautious.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giuseppina
    For some odd reason this the last 2 recent updates I decided not to use. I think it is because of all the plugins that I recently bought, I feared for a break soon, and looks like I was right! I'm glad i did not update, I would be up to my ears in work now if I did!
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary Smith
      Originally Posted by Giuseppina View Post

      For some odd reason this the last 2 recent updates I decided not to use. I think it is because of all the plugins that I recently bought, I feared for a break soon, and looks like I was right! I'm glad i did not update, I would be up to my ears in work now if I did!
      Upgrades aren't just for new features, bells and whistles. Quite often the upgrade includes important security fixes. The same is true of plugins. If there are upgrades available I always apply them.

      This latest version or Wordpress will almost certainly break if your server has PHP v4 installed. But, if your web host does still have PHPv4 installed then it's probably time to find a new web host!
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      • Profile picture of the author micksss
        Originally Posted by Gary Smith View Post

        Upgrades aren't just for new features, bells and whistles. Quite often the upgrade includes important security fixes. The same is true of plugins. If there are upgrades available I always apply them.

        This latest version or Wordpress will almost certainly break if your server has PHP v4 installed. But, if your web host does still have PHPv4 installed then it's probably time to find a new web host!
        Good call! Definitely talk to your web host if your still on php 4 and if they won't upgrade then it's time to move on...
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick
      Originally Posted by Giuseppina View Post

      For some odd reason this the last 2 recent updates I decided not to use. I think it is because of all the plugins that I recently bought, I feared for a break soon, and looks like I was right! I'm glad i did not update, I would be up to my ears in work now if I did!

      Even if you are not upgrading, make sure you backup everything. Gary pointed out above, upgrades are for security, so if you do not upgrade, there are more chances of getting hacked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    FYI: the WP 3.2 will NOT run on any PHP5. I have an older version of XAMPP on my machine with PHP version 5.0.3 - but WP will run only on 5.2.4 or higher. (Upgrading now the XAMPP...)

    Just for the record: upgrading and security don't always go hand by hand. As I posted in another similar thread, most of the major versions always introduced some vulnerabilities, which were fixed later with emergency minor releases (i.e. 1.5 vs. 1.5.2 etc.)
    When those come out that's the good time to upgrade

    Finally, no matter what kind of upgrade you do: ALWAYS BACK UP the database! (and your wp-content folder)
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I have learned my lesson using the "automatic" upgrade feature within Wordpress. AKA: Disaster button.
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  • Profile picture of the author AstroGremlin
    Inspired by the folks here, I wrote a blog article at Blogs News Reviews . com (Unable to post the link because I'm so new.) Anyway, thanks to you for helping make the plunge into the scary future!
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  • Profile picture of the author retsek
    I'm just glad they've fixed the pre 1970 dates issue. Hacking core files was not pretty.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I've heard a few other people say not to upgrade yet.... so, probably good advice since Im seeing it in multiple places!
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    • Profile picture of the author Helena33
      I usually wait a week or two before upgrading Wordpress, give them a chance to work out any bugs. May wait a little longer for this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author roynicho
    I upgraded none of mine which was multiple sites. and I am having difficulties with it.

    I'm changing over everything to the older site... and I'll wait it out on this one.

    Regards

    Roy N.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedog
    Wo, thanks for the heads up, I usually just updated when I see there's one available. I'll be more careful in future.
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    • Profile picture of the author hlvasquez
      Many thanks for the heads up.

      What I do, personally and I would recommend is to make an installation in your own PC to make some tests before go live in the actual websites.

      All you need to do is to install XAMPP Lite and that's it, you can make a local WP installation in localhost and then try everything.
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