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  • I’m running the WordPress 1.2 and since I believe in “If it works, don’t fix it” I haven’t upgraded to 1.21. However, if there are some security concerns I might have to do it anyway so I want to upgrade to 1.22.
    My problem is that I have absolutely no clue what files I have changed and just now that I will run into some obscure problem if I try to upgrade.
    So, I was thinking that I should do the same thing as whenever windows crash. Format the hard drive and reinstall.
    I’m using a web hotel without shell axess.
    Wouldn’t it be simple just to backup the whole database, erase the wordpress folder and start all over again? If I just erase the folder, will all the entries, comments, categories and stuff reappear once wordpress 1.22 is installed? Or do I need to import it somehow?
    Thanx in advance.

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  • “Wouldn’t it be simple just to backup the whole database”
    Always do this.
    “erase the wordpress folder”
    Yes, but keep copies of any files you have changed, especially any layout files such as the css
    “and start all over again?”
    It’s a bit like that 🙂
    Read that page carefully – it’s a step-by-step, and it does work.

    Oh, and shell access ? Don’t worry about it – I’ve got that but I’ve not the slightest clue what to do there. I just use an ftp client 🙂

    Thank you very much. I have upgraded my site now and it seems to work quite well.
    However, there is one thing that bothers me. In the admin section, is it really supposed to look like this?
    I believe that I have made some smaller changes in
    changes, which has been lost. Does anyone have a clue what’s going on?
    Again, thanx, a lot!

    That would appear to have no css styling – the file ‘wp-admin.css’ has been uploaded correctly ?

    Ahh… wonderful. Somehow, that file was just about 1 KB big and uploading the correct one fixed the problem.
    Makes me wonder how many files that are actually corrupt. Anyway, it seems to work now.
    Thanx a lot!

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