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  • Upgrading WordPress is needlessly difficult.

    The only upgrade method offered is to download the whole installation and overwrite your existing install with this new one.

    With this method, users risk overwriting modified files, and downloading the entire archive wastes wordpress.org bandwidth (for which I assume there are charges?).

    Gallery does a superior job. See http://codex.gallery2.org/Gallery2:Download#Upgrades. They allow you to download only the changed files. This is a much quicker, more effortless, less error prone upgrade.

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  • Spare yourself some pain, novasource, and read this thread:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/128989?replies=4#post-612959

    In brief, it means that you can download a zip file consisting only of the changed files (2.2.2 > 2.2.3), unzip it and upload the files to the relevant parts of your WordPress site, and the whole process takes about a couple of minutes, maximum!
    This technique might not work for every upgrade, but it does for 2.2.2 > 2.2.3
    Ideal for the beginner, and for administrators with multiple blogs to update.

    No disrespect entended but you’ve never run an upgrade on Gallery when it has 85k pictures, have you?

    Spare yourself some pain, novasource, and read this thread:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/128989?replies=4#post-612959

    Thanks, but that kind of info needs to be at http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress, not buried in a forum topic.

    No disrespect entended but you’ve never run an upgrade on Gallery when it has 85k pictures, have you?

    Nope, but I am not talking about database upgrades. I am talking about file changes. Gallery has WordPress spanked in terms of upgrading files in different version releases.

    Thanks, but that kind of info needs to be at http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress, not buried in a forum topic.

    Anyone can modify the codex, it’s a wiki. *hint* 😉

    novasource – Did it work for you? If so, did you find it easy?

    Satoridork – I had already upgraded by the time I wrote this post. I will check into this the next time I upgrade.

    F: Paying for services
    Requesting paid help is discouraged. We do not want to give any impression that WordPress help is anything but free. We also do not need bidding wars in the forums.
    If you have posted some contact information your thread will be closed.
    If you have not posted that information we will ask you to and when you do the thread will be closed.
    Any thread that offers any service for money can be closed at any time. We are not against paid services but these forums are not the right place for them.

    This is a hostile attitude toward some (perhaps many) of your users. Why? Because we are not all developers and programming experts.

    I spent two hours installing WordPress last month and almost gave up an hour and a half into the process. Since then I’ve spent many hours writing for my blog. Now I’m expected to perform an extensive backup, delete most of my WordPress files and install version 2.2.3.

    The only option for finding paid help to update WordPress is to join the “wp-pro” mailing list” which is about as user-friendly as DOS. Are you kidding me? This is 2007. Where is the 2.0 community site for non-programmers who need help?

    I expect some replies to the tune of “you should have used Typepad” but I wanted to give WordPress a chance. Yes, WP is a tremendous tool, but don’t penalize those of us who are not programmers and/or don’t accept the entire “open source/everything should be free” way of thinking.

    I am more than willing to pay someone to insure that I don’t destroy my blog.

    Your “hostile” is my “pragmatic.”

    Let’s look at part of that again:

    If you have posted some contact information your thread will be closed.

    Closed is not the same as deleted. They mean very different things.

    You want to pay someone? Start a new thread (hijacking one for your own won’t get noticed nearly as much). Include contact info. It’ll be closed, but NOT deleted.

    Why rant?

    And just to clarify: the closing is not something ‘against’ the poster – the reason for it is to avoid “bidding wars” here in the forum. Nothing else.

    HandySolo,
    Where did I specifically ask for paid help in my post? Falsely accusing me of hijacking this post is further evidence of your hostility.

    I will immediately look for a web host who supports Movable Type.

    My upgrade process… usually takes 5 minutes, tops.

    1. Download backup of database.

    2. Upload unzipped WordPress to /wordpress-new via FTP.

    3. Rename current /wordpress to /wordpress-old.

    4. Copy /wordpress-old/.htaccess to /wordpress-new

    5. Copy /wordpress-old/wp-config.php to /wordpress-new

    6. Copy /wordpress-old/wp-content to /wordpress-new

    7. Rename /wordpress-new to /wordpress

    8. Go to /wordpress/wp-admin/upgrade.php

    Don’t forget to make sure wp-content and .htaccess are properly chmodded.

    If anything happens you’ve got the database backed up and ALL of your old files on the server. just restore the database and rename /wordpress-old to /wordpress

    I actually have:

    /wordpress
    /wordpress-old
    /wordpress-really-old

    Could also do
    /wordpress
    /wordpress-2.2.2
    /wordpress-2.2.1

    so that you know what the older versions are. I’ve been doing it this way for years.

    @waleon – I’m sorry that you’re so offended. I must’ve guessed it from your last line:

    I am more than willing to pay someone to insure that I don’t destroy my blog.

    Hopefully you can see how I might have assumed that you were looking for paid help after reading that.

    nolageek- Must be nice to have SSH access. 🙂

    nova, although I do have ssh access (I love A Small Orange!)I do all of the above via http://FTP.🙂

    When I ‘copy’ a file, I’m really downloading it and re-uploading it to the new directory.

    OR, I have sometimes just download the current wp-contents directory and .htaccess/wp-config.php files into their appropriate locations in the ‘wordpress-new’ directory on my local machine and then upload the whole shebang then start with appropriate steps above.

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