A few months ago thought it would be a good idea for my family to have our own website. I wanted to have a place where our Teenage daughter could learn Web design, blog freely and Safely in an environment that I could control. I also wanted have access to mysql & PHP in my own environment without having to fork over money for a software and server at home. I selected yahoo because it was inexpensive, offered WordPress pre-installed, this was a big plus to me. Yahoo Webhosting also gave me a 100 sub-domains and all of the software comes pre-installed except for the extra plugins and themes that we wanted. The kids smile when she got her own sub-domain with her nickname was something I will not soon forget.
The WordPress Blogs do come up with a bunch of errors and unexplained actions. These are the same errors that I have read about in the forums at WordPress. I have also called Yahoo in the past about downtime and issues unrelated to WordPress. Right now for what I need the price is right. I really just want the web site for our family to learn some important computer skills. It looks to me like troubleshooting will be a skills that will have to be covered extensively. Things were going along ok.
A few weeks ago decided to upgrade WordPress 2.0.2 to WordPress 2.1 software. Since one of the benefits of using the Yahoo Business Web Hosting was that I could have 100 accounts and subdomains I decided the safest way to go was to build a test account and try to do the upgrade on something that wouldn’t matter before I tried doing it on one of the blogs my wife and kid are working on. It did not go well.
I was not able to get past that white page that came up when I ran the upgrade.php. Just like I saw had happened to several others in the WordPress Forums. I created, deleted and recreated accounts with the pre-installed WordPress 2.0.2 and tried many times to get a successful upgrade. I went through all the detailed instructions several times over. Nothing worked. I went through lots of forum entries none of them had a clear answer. I was really glad that I used a test account and not a production account, although I had already made a backup of one of my blogs in preparation of upgrading to WP 2.1 once I saw the upgrade run successful on the test account. I went in thinking the upgrade was a nobrainer.
In the forums I saw that there was a WordPress group offering to do free upgrades on your own web site via FTP, at one time. I thought this was a great service that WordPress was offering.
I didn’t want to throw in the towel and just send account info and setup an FTP account
and have someone else do it for me. What would I do if I wanted to make a minor upgrade? I would not know the work arounds and fixes needed to do the upgrades on Yahoo Web hosting. I thought I would turn away a bit and see if solutions were posted as others ran into the same problem. I figured I would pick up the solution from the wordpress user forums in a few weeks. I have seen notice after notice of minor upgrades to WP 2.1 but I have not been able to find a solution on the Internet that will help me upgrade WordPress 2.1 on my Yahoo web hosting accounts.
I have not seen what I consider confirmation that WordPress 2.1 will even run on Yahoo Web hosting. I keep seeing Posts saying get off Yahoo and come on my Service or my buddies service. Hey, I am aware there are issues with Yahoo. Right now the price is right. Latter when I know exactly where I am going to take our site and our family blogs, I can move on to another service if needed.
Is it possible to upgrade the pre-installed WordPress 2.0.2 on Yahoo Business to the current version of 2.1x Ella? An authoritative NO, is a good answer. WordPress 2.0 is a good product and I can stick with that until Yahoo automatically upgrades to the current WordPress production software automatically for me. This does however mean I have a long wait.
Thanks in Advance, Paul, Sweden