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Empty Categories -- Automatic WordPress Plugin Update to 2.6 FROM 2.0.2 (3 posts)

  1. rfruchtman
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi All:

    I used the Automatic WordPress Plugin to Upgrade my blog from Version 2.0.2 to 2.6. I upgraded a blog that had very little in it, just in case the upgrade did not go well.

    I was quite impressed with how smoothly it went and how easy it was.

    While trying to familiarize myself in Version 2.6, I discovered that my Category Names were now empty within the admin panel.

    When I looked at the blog itself - front page - under Categories, there was the number of entries - only 3 - but, there were *no catgory names.

    So it looked like this:

    Categories
    (3)

    In ADMIN - in the Category Panel there were 3 blank categories under Categories. In other words there were no names, titles, or anything else. They were just blank.

    The one that had the 3 entries had no option to delete that category even after I created new ones and moved everything. All the other empty category rows had a box to select and delete.

    Can anyone please advise what to do here.

    If this is the case and I can really lose my category names I would not even chance the upgrade until whatever is wrong gets fixed - if there is something wrong.

    Thanks in advance.

    This is an old blog that I have not touched for 2 years. It has an old version of the theme as well, but I do not think that that would have anything to do with it.

    It is here:
    http://www.RozFruchtman.com

    Thanks.

    Roz
    Say It With eCards / http://www.SayItWithEcards.com

  2. keithdsouza
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I am the author of WPAU and this is not a problem because of WPAU and I can vouch for that.

    There have been known issues with categories when ugrading to WordPress 2.6 and you can follow the conversation in this thread http://wordpress.org/support/topic/189041?replies=12.

    Many users have faced this issue, whether they have used WPAU or not.

    And to be quite frank, WPAU runs independently from WordPress core, except for urging you to upgrade and adding a link to the manage menu.

    Also I have already communicated with Roz about this issue.

    Thanks
    Keith

  3. rfruchtman
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I am a little tired and worn out by this time, so pardon me if I am not making much sense.

    Yes... Keith has been very helpful in this area.

    Through Keith's guidance and prompt email response
    I was able to correct the *empty categories* through PHPadmin & WP-Admin. It was a two process procedure the way the instructions were given in the link below.

    This is the link I followed which is contained within the URL that Keith provided above
    http://blog.cumps.be/wordpress-26-upgrade-fix-missing-categories/

    The place where I got stuck was once I was in PHPadmin, chose the table I needed to browse, I was not sure where to enter in the missing category information. At that point it was the category description. I had no idea where to type in the information.

    What I did... was to fill in the *description* on one of the missing categories trough WP-Admin and then went to look at the PHPadmin and from this entry -- thus I was able to see where I needed to fill in the information. From that point it was easy sailing.

    It would have been helpful if a screen shot of that portion of the fix was added for those of us who are not programmers or are not totally familiar with PHPadmin.

    But with a little work it got fixed.

    I was so confident that I could do it again I attempted to upgrade one of my larger blogs this afternoon using the WordPress Automatic Upgrader.

    NOW... I have yet another problem. The upgrade FAILED when it was trying to unzip the downloaded WP2.6 from the WordPress website -- at least that is my take from the error message.

    I am awaiting Keith's help on this one.

    Honestly I was too lazy to do this afternoon's upgrade in the two steps that were suggested to me by a friend's friend. She told me to upgrade manually to WP 2.5 (from 2.0) and THEN upgrade to WP2.6 using the WordPress Automatic Upgrader.

    SUMMARY:
    The original problem with the empty categories has been solved, but now there is a new problem with a FAILURE.

    I came over here to post it to the WordPress Forum.

    Thanks Keith for your response on the missing category dilemma. I look forward to your help with my new challenge.

    Roz
    http://www.SayItWithEcards.com/blog (not upgraded to 2.6)

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