Nice work if you can get it: Ella sings and WordPress blings

I took the plunge. This blog, as well as a host of other sites I run using WordPress, is now using the latest release of the popular open source blogging software: WordPress 2.1 “Ella,” named after the great Ella Fitzgerald, one of my favorite singers.

I did not encounter errors in the upgrading process, which took less than an hour for all the blogs I oversee. I am, to continue with the Ella theme, in the mood for “making whoopee.”

Major upgrades, like WordPress 2.1, are not to be taken lightly. I botched a major Serendipity upgrade oh so many years back (my fault) and lost at least 50 blog posts. On hindsight, though, the posts are better off in digital limbo.

WordPress update CPANEL FEATURE. Cpanel allows you to upload a packaged file (i.e. zip, tar) and then uncompress this using a point and click interface. This saved me time in uploading new WordPress files while upgrading several blogs I run. Click on image to view larger version.

Unlike security releases, which I implement as soon as I read about them, I usually take days to upgrade to a feature release. This gives me time to read about problems of others who took the plunge earlier. The major cause for worry with the latest WordPress version is the compatibility of plugins for your website blings.
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Upgrading to WordPress version 2.0.3

I’ve just upgraded this blog and a host of others that I help manage to the latest stable version in the WordPress 2.0 release: WordPress 2.0.3. The new release is both a bug fix and a security release. I would have procrastinated on the upgrading if not for the notice that it is a security release.

WordPress founding developer Matt Mullenweg wrote in the blogging engine’s development blog that the 2.0.3 release is “recommended for all WordPress users.”

In previous upgrades, I used to deactivate all the plugins then delete all the files before uploading the new ones and then running the upgrade script. But Matt said in his post that: “Upgrading is fairly simple, just overwrite your old files with the latest from the download. When you go to your admin it will give you a link to update your database.”

I did just that and upgrading took less than five minutes, including the uploading of the files.