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  • Hi,

    I am using wordpress 2.6 and I think its time to upgrade.

    Firstly, I think I should wait for 3.0 and upgrade to it as its right around the corner. When is the release date?

    Secondly, are all the 2.6 themes and plugins going to work in 3.0 ? I am also talking about customizations like branded login pages.

    Let me know, so I can make the move. Thanks.

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  • Moderator James Huff


    Don’t go directly from 2.6 to 3.0, especially since your current version of full of publicly known security holes.

    Instead, deactivate your plugins and do a manual upgrade to WordPress 2.8.

    After that, use the new automated update system to get to 2.9.2.

    Most of the plugins and themes that work on 2.9.2 should work on 3.0, but you may want to stay on 2.9.2 for a few weeks after the release just to be sure.

    @macmanx is exactly right. I just started with a new client last week and they were still on 2.6. Here were my steps:

    – Got a full backup of all files and database.

    – Took the site out of production..(!Important)

    – Reviewed the functions.php file for any obvious conflicts between 2.6 and 2.92.

    – Copied the .htaccess file

    – Made notes of any plugins that were no longer compatible with 2.92 and uninstalled them. (there was an old SEO plugin and a events plugin that were no longer supported) With the events plugin I exported the data so I could import it into the new plugin.

    – Copied all settings from current plugins (screen shots and notes)and widgets (there were 20 text widgets with custom code (adds and pictures)…a real pain)

    – There were 22 plugins that required upgrade…I decided to wait until the WP Core was updated before upgrading the plugins.

    – Did a manual upgrade to 2.8 and upgraded to 2.92 with the automated update system.

    – Got another backup of the database just to be sure.

    – Upgraded and activated all plugins.

    – Reset their environment

    – Got one final backup of the database before launch.

    Thanks a lot for both answers. I have already backed up the database. I think I need to start looking for plugin updates and make a list of compatible plugins.

    By the way, I love to use the LeopardAdmin plug-in which changes the admin interface to a more nifty one. But I cannot find out if its updated. It says it works with 2.5 and higher.

    Here is the link:

    Based on other forum posts, no, it’s not compatible with 2.7 and up.

    Moderator James Huff


    As a former user of LeopardAdmin, I can confirm that it does not work past 2.7, but the new Dashboard in 2.9.2 has been significantly improved over what it was in 2.6. I think you’ll like it.

    The changes between 2.6 and 2.9 are extreme. Many upgrades that make some plugins obsolete.

    I think I should hold off upgrading immediately as I use wordpress because of the plugins and if the plugins don’t work, then I would have to spend hours fixing things. I also need plugins like AIR badge (for Adobe AIR) and Iframe (for HTML containers), etc.

    So if none of that works then it defeats the purpose of upgrading.

    But anyway, thanks a lot for the responses. Also macmanx for confirming about LeopardAdmin plugin.

    Not to be unkind, but if you continue using 2.6 it won’t matter what plugins you use, when the site gets defaced/exploited by any of a number of easy exploits. Your host won’t care for you much either if your site gets used to send out bulk spam.

    Seriously, the responsible way to run WordPress is to keep it updated, fixing or replacing your plugins along the way.

    Moderator James Huff


    That is true. The security exploits in WordPress 2.6 have been public knowledge since 2008.

    You should find a place to install at least 2.9.2 and test all of your plugins in that environment. That way you will know what issues you’re facing and can deal with them before you upgrade the live site.

    Then, once you’re done with that you can upgrade the test site to 3.0 and see how that goes before you do the live site.

    I’ve set up a WAMP setup on my own PC that allows me to do some basic testing, but you’re best bet is to install WP in the same hosting environment that your production site is on. You might be able to setup a test subdomain and install WP in there.

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