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  1. am4sqcom
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've been struggling with this off and on for weeks. I have contacted my ISP, but they are truly inept.

    I have WP 1.5 up & running with posts, comments, etc. I tried to upgrade to 2.0 with my ISP's admin panel, but it ust creates a new blog. It doesn't upgrade my existing version. I tried to upgrade using WP.org's upgrade, but even though it says it's successful, it doesn't change anything.

    My ISP support says I just need to create a new blog and forget my previous posts -- told ya, inept.

    I don't see how to upgrade my existing version. I don't know how to import my existing database into the new blog I would create. And I don't know if I can rename the new blog so that links to my existing blog continue to work.

    I just don't know SQL well enough to do this without expert direction...and I am not getting it from my ISP.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Karen

  2. filmn
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well this is what you can do (if all else fails).

    First like your ISP said download all your old blog files onto your computer using an ftp.

    Now go to the directory which you have your blog and delete the entire directory.

    Now go and download the new version of wordpress and go through the installation process,

    To download go to: http://wordpress.org/download/
    To find out how to install (really easy): http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

    Now when you have installed the new version do this:

    Go to the old blog directory which you saved on your computer, search for the wp-config.php file, open this and inside you should see somthing like this:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    Now keep this file open and then go to your new directory you blog is installed in, again look for the wp-config.php file and copy all the information across to the new wp-config.php

    For example:

    OLD BLOG CONFIG FILE:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    NEW BLOG CONFIG FILE:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    Make sure both have the same information in them. And remeber you want to copy the old information in the OLD config file into the new one and not the other way around, if you see what i mean.

    Now if you had a custom template installed as well as plugins dont despair.

    This is what to do:

    First go to your new blog installation and delete the enitre wp-content directory (file), then go to the copy of the old wp-content file which you had and put that in the blog directory using an ftp client.

    MAKE SURE IN YOUR OLD WP-CONTENT FILE YOU HAVE IT HAS THE DEFAULT THEME, wp-content/themes/default it should be in your old wp-content file if you only uploaded a new theme. If not go to the new wordpress installation which should be on your computer and drag the default theme into the apporiate place.

    Now remeber to DELETE THE NEW WP-CONTENT directory (file) and replace it with the OLD WP-CONTENT directory (file).

    Now go to you blog and then go to the blogs admin control panel then go to themes and activate the old theme you had on your old blog. Also if you had any old plugins that you used remember to activate them.

    Now go to your blog and you will see that all your posts will be their as well as your theme.

    REMEMBER: Keep an old copy of you blog just in case and dont delete it straight away.

    If their is no easier way then you should not do this procdure. Also remember when you created the new wordpress mysql file for the new installation delete this after the old mysql file is in working order.

    I hope this guide helps.

  3. filmn
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well this is what you can do (if all else fails).

    First like your ISP said download all your old blog files onto your computer using an ftp.

    Now go to the directory which you have your blog and delete the entire directory.

    Now go and download the new version of wordpress and go through the installation process,

    To download go to: http://wordpress.org/download/
    To find out how to install (really easy): http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

    Now when you have installed the new version do this:

    Go to the old blog directory which you saved on your computer, search for the wp-config.php file, open this and inside you should see somthing like this:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    Now keep this file open and then go to your new directory you blog is installed in, again look for the wp-config.php file and copy all the information across to the new wp-config.php

    For example:

    OLD BLOG CONFIG FILE:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    NEW BLOG CONFIG FILE:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    Make sure both have the same information in them. And remeber you want to copy the old information in the OLD config file into the new one and not the other way around, if you see what i mean.

    Now if you had a custom template installed as well as plugins dont despair.

    This is what to do:

    First go to your new blog installation and delete the enitre wp-content directory (file), then go to the copy of the old wp-content file which you had and put that in the blog directory using an ftp client.

    MAKE SURE IN YOUR OLD WP-CONTENT FILE YOU HAVE IT HAS THE DEFAULT THEME, wp-content/themes/default it should be in your old wp-content file if you only uploaded a new theme. If not go to the new wordpress installation which should be on your computer and drag the default theme into the apporiate place.

    Now remeber to DELETE THE NEW WP-CONTENT directory (file) and replace it with the OLD WP-CONTENT directory (file).

    Now go to you blog and then go to the blogs admin control panel then go to themes and activate the old theme you had on your old blog. Also if you had any old plugins that you used remember to activate them.

    Now go to your blog and you will see that all your posts will be their as well as your theme.

    REMEMBER: Keep an old copy of you blog just in case and dont delete it straight away.

    If their is no easier way then you should not do this procdure. Also remember when you created the new wordpress mysql file for the new installation delete this after the old mysql file is in working order.

    I hope this guide helps.

    ---
    In future you should just be able to upgrade your blog go to: http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress for more information.

    If this does not work the next time you try to upgrade to the next version just follow the procedure above again. However Im sure someone will come up with an easier way to fix your problem.

  4. am4sqcom
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks so much for your exellent instructions. That did the trick! When my ISP told me to basically "start over", I got a little nervous.

    One thing that seems to be a problem: The sidebar info is at the bottom of the page in I.E. now. In Firefox, it's right where it should be. Both browsers are maximized, and font/resolution/etc. settings are the same. I tried 6 or 7 different themes, and it's the same result on all of them.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks again for your help!

  5. filmn
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi,

    Im glad that my instructions worked im no expert at WordPress but I like to help out fellow wordpressers. As to your issue with IE I really have know Idea. Do you think you could post the code for your sidebar that could give me some idea as to what the problem would be.

  6. yosemite
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This frequently happens (sidebar dropping) when there's a large image in a post... Take a look here: WordPress Troubleshooting: What happened to my Sidebar??

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