I just did a complete file-by-file update from my old version (2.7.1) to the latest (2.8.4)
Main index was blank.
Admin console fails and also shows nothing but a blank page.
I re-re-uploaded all the old files, but now it's giving me errors regarding the admin dashboard file.
Upgrade failed completely and my site is only semi-functional.
This has been a nightmare and I can't seem to get my site back to functional status.
The new config-sample file did not feature any closing php tags.
I am of the belief that this upgrade is incomplete.
I did back everything up but clearly the upgrade process is not working at all.
DO I now need to start from scratch including a full reinstall of all custom images, widgets, templates, themes, etc.?
I am now entering hour #3 of this. HELP!
I reverted back to the original and am attempting the automated install. I would like to recommend that this process include separate ftp and database connection credentials. By default it pre-populates with the database credentials, which in nearly every case I have ever seen will be totally different from those used for ftp.
I still appreciate any kind of feedback. This upgrade definitely appears to have been rushed out without proper QA.