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  • Ok, here’s the deal. I’m currently at version 2.0.5. I would like to upgrade to the latest, but since the current installation I have was my very first, I did it not knowing really what I was doing, and there are a lot of hacks and tweaks implemented that I didn’t document.

    So what I would like to do is install a fresh copy of WordPress and start from scratch. I want to install all the plugins from scratch too, as well as redo any hacks or tweaks I need and document it as I go so that upgrading in the future will be easier.

    But I don’t want to lose all my posts, pages, categories, and archives. Can I successfully import all that stuff into a fresh installation that may be completely different from the installation it came from?

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Well if you backup your database using this Codex article and also backup your wordpress directory then you should be fine. I prefer the mysql command line method but if you have phpmyadmin that should be easier.

    When you get the mysql dump file, look at it (don’t modify it) with a text editor to confirm that it’s all there.

    Before you do the upgrade make sure you are comfortable with the database restore.

    Try this:

    Backup the database and files, rename the existing wordpress directory, extract the wordpress version (either the latest 2.0.x or 2.1.3) to the name of the old directory and try to login.

    If all goes well you’ll get the upgrade your database message. If it tanks then you can restore the old database and just put the files back.

    Thanks, I’ll give that a try. I was thinking of just installing the new version in a completely different directory, so I wouldn’t have to worry about screwing up the other one, and I could also have both running until I’m sure the second one is running smooth. Would that be a problem? I’ll look into what you said.

    I could copy and paste code into notepad and edit like that, but how exactly do I edit code from the admin panel?

    I toggle this on and off:

    “Use the visual editor when writing”???

    I look at the front page and every subsequent page and I actually think it is more than a sidebar problem.

    In kubrick the front page is missing its entire background. In previous entry pages, it displays fine and the sidebar displays fine.

    I’m wondering if it has anything to do with “excerpt()” versus “content()”, but then again this sidebar problem on the front page shows up no matter what theme I use.

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