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  • Hi,

    I just volunteered to help maintain the website of an animal rescue group. Their site is WordPress and it’s soooo old! They have 2.2.2. I almost didn’t recognize the dashboard.

    I’m going to try to get them to upgrade but since they are so far behind the current version, would it be really difficult to do so? What’s the best way?

    Thanks, Susie

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  • It’s best to do manual, incremental upgrades from 2.2 to 2.3, 2.3 to 2.5, 2.5 to 2.8.5, 2.8.5 to 3.0.1, and then 3.0.1 to latest to be sure the database gets upgraded properly. Your current theme won’t work well under 3.1.x, due to lots of changes.

    Once you get to 2.8.5, you can use the automatic upgrade from the dashboard, and that will jump to 3.1.3, but should be OK.

    Backup your database, deactivate all plugins, switch to the default or classic theme and the save a copy of your current theme from wp-content/themes to your local PC.

    Older versions available at

    Upgrading WordPress « WordPress Codex

    You’ll probably have to run a manual upgrade to bring to up to 2.7. Once at 2.7 you should just be able to run the automatic upgrade.

    Before you do anything, make a backup of your WordPress files and database.

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