December 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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