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  • I have a site that needs to be updated from wordpress 2.0.5 to the current, Then I am upgrading php4 to php5.
    My question is what is the best/easiest way. There are no plugins or custom templates that need to be saved. I don’t even think there are pictures in the posts. I don’t see an export option for 2.0.5 and am not sure 2.8.5 will import it. I have everything backed-up and ready
    So what is my best path for the upgrade?


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  • Upgrade from 2.0.5 to 2.1, 2.1 to 2.3, 2.3 to 2.5, 2.5 to 2.8.5. In theory you should be able to upgrade from 2.0.5 straight to 2.8.5 but people report more success with the incremental approach.

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    I followed these steps suggested by MichaelH for upgrading WP 2.0.5 to 2.8.6 and then upgrading database using the URL

    However, when I login to the wp-admin page, I got this error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘:’ in /home/database/public_html/ on line 39

    How could I rectify this error, please.


    Maybe you should overwrite all files again and do the upgrade once more. On line 39 of the dashboard.php of WP 2.8.6. I have:

    'link' => apply_filters( 'dashboard_incoming_links_link', '' . trailingslashit( get_option('home') ) ),

    But it would be better if you posted your Apache error.log so we can have a better understanding

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