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Severe Upgrade. 2.01 to 2.7 I'm afraid to do anything (7 posts)

  1. mjgreenwood
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have an old wordpress install that I inherited. It is running an entire site so really don't want to cripple the site with an upgrade gone bad.
    It's been heavily modified, the editor in this version is just the basic html not the newer "What you see it what you get" deal. This means I've had to make all the changes staff sends because of formatting problems.

    Anyway. If I'm upgrading to to the latest wordpress what is the best way to maintain our look.

    I've toyed around with just copping over all my css and the other php files I need to format the theme. I haven't had much luck.

    I've also run into a problem globaly with the site. Everything is link to the actual URL not realative to the page. so setting up a working test server has been a nightmare (that I've given up).

    So, please I need a suggestion on how to upgrade in this situation. I have searched for tutorials and wiki entries but I haven't found anything that gives me a warm and fuzzy.

    the site URL is http://christshope.org

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    You can likely do an incremental up grade to 2.7 and all content should be ok.

    The theme may be problematic as it may or may not work for 2.7 - though it doesn't look very complicated at all.

    If it was my site. I would switch to default permalinks and to the default theme.
    Then I would upgrade incrementally
    2.01 -> 2.011 -> 2.1 -> 2.3 -> 2.5 -> 2.6 -> 2.7
    some will say some of these steps aren't necessary but I would rather be cautious

    you might want to test theme on each upgrade to see if it holds up but switch back to default for the upgrades.
    Also, be sure all plugins are deactivated and compatible with 2.7 when you reactivate them.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Plugin_Compatibility/2.7

    you might want to wait for more advice - this is simply mine.

  3. figaro
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    That's good advice from Samboll...I would take it.

  4. mjgreenwood
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks samboll,
    would there be any reason to export the content and then copy all of the css and php that formats and then do a fresh install ? Just curious.
    I'm guessing this is a faster way to breaking my install. :)

    I think I take your advice. I'm going to download all the updates and wait a bit to see if I can find any other info :)

  5. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'd take a mysql backup and/or export the entries before starting the upgrade. That way you can always go back if it messes up for whatever reason.

    After that Samboll's method sounds good - the point upgrades tend to get tested more thorougly than big step upgrades.

  6. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    arrrgh - thanks mrmist
    of course back up - after every upgrade, too.

  7. mjgreenwood
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Well I ran through the upgrades as listed, thanks.

    The only "problem" now is that the theme doesn't change in the design menu though the site seems to display properly.....

    I'm not sure why... It's a custom theme based on default that's renamed and copied to a different directory. So I'm not sure what's going on with that? any ideas?

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