12/10/2006

WordPress 2.x Upgrade Completed

I'm pleased to say that the upgrade to WordPress 2.x went fine, if not as quickly as I'd have liked. I'll note two things:

Upgrading the Database: For people still using <blush> WordPress 1.2.x, the WordPress Support forums contain many advices about upgrading from 1.2 to 1.5 to 2.0 on up. This is apparently no longer needed — and, in fact, can get pretty tricky (that is, things can go wrong; the database was fine, and then it just started corrupting after a bit). However, when I tried upgrading directly from 1.2.x to 2.0.5, I noted that the upgrade.php page said:

This file upgrades you from any previous version of WordPress to the latest. It may take a while though, so be patient.

No problem. I could for once be patient, given the earlier database problems. Going directly from 1.2.x to 2.0.5 was flawless, and I haven't seen any problems with the two blogs I've upgraded.

Akismet is your friend: I installed the Akismet spam-blocker plugin, and it's only missed three out of over a hundred nasty little blogspams in one day. It learns as you go, so it gets better.

What that means is that I no longer need to maintain the list of blocked spam words, meaning that it won't be so difficult to write a proper comment here any more. It also means that, in the future, I may not have to moderate comments at all.

I will likely also install Bad Behavior, and I will probably get rid of the nofollow in the next few days. If not now.

2 Comments to "WordPress 2.x Upgrade Completed"

  1. Bill says:

    Congratulations.

    Happy to hear about the straight shot upgrade from 1.2 to 2.0.5. I'm pretty thankful for Aksimet, too.

    Excellent work in keeping the look of the site while making such a major change in the back of the site.

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    Thanks, Bill. The first upgrade (this
    blog) didn't go so smoothly; the second was quite smooth if we ignore the hours it took to convert the original individual templates to a WordPress theme. Given all that, I wasn't ready to redesign as well, although I'm not particularly thinking about it. <grin>

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