I’ve been very reluctant to upgrade WordPress because of the dreadful “
backup” that needed to be done in advance. My problem was not that I didn’t know how to backup my databases, but more that I am just simply too lazy to undertake the task. Well, also the fact that they mention it just scares me and makes me think that I may have to re-install lots and lots of things.
If you a little like me and you’re scared to try to upgrade your wordpress engine… well, fear no more! I did it in about 30 minutes, following wordpress’s superb three step process, and this including the upgrade of a handful of plugins (about 10 of them). Yes, among other things, WordPress 2.3.3 will tell you when a plugin is out-of-date and which, to my surprise, helped me realize that most of my plugins were due for a tune up.
The nicest thing about this upgrade is that my site is now using a much more secure, powerful, and faster blogging engine. It also fixes some glitches with my new template K2 which were really annoying me. The problem was that when I was browsing categories, I would get the following error:
WordPress database error: [You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ” at line 1]
SELECT wp_posts.post_date_gmt FROM
That was because the fine folks behind the latest K2 template were using the new mySQL database structure that WordPress introduced in their version 2.3.
I am usually reluctant to install a new version because of all the little bugs that tend to come out. I specifically waited a little while before installing, but now that I know that it takes about 30 minutes to upgrade, I don’t think I’ll wait as long next time. I highly recommend moving to 2.3.3!!