Upgrading Kinabalu Blog from WordPress 2.1.3 to 2.5.1 completed

The upgrading process of this blog has been long delayed due to some problems. I have been running this blog using WordPress version 2.1.3 for the past 18 months.

Few attempts to upgrade this blog to version 2.2 and 2.3 few months back failed and I had to call Exabytes support to revert the installation. The attempt was done through Fantastico (an automatic web application installer) that was pre-installed into my webhosting server.

I was really tempted to upgrade earlier, but because of the few failed installation before, I did not dare to upgrade, as this blog could go wary again. I was really afraid to loose my blog.

On the other hand, not upgrading to the latest version of WordPress could leads to even nastier outcome, as you can read from around the blogosphere, security issues is the main concern on blogs that runs on old version of WordPress. I don’t want this blog to get hacked.

Luckily today, it occurred to me that all the failed upgrading attempt on this blog was made WITH ALL MY PLUGINS ACTIVATED.

So, I decided to deactivate all my plugins and just do the upgrading. I also switched the blog theme to WordPress Kubrick default, in case the theme gets in the way.

I also made a database back-up, in case anything goes wrong.

I prayed hard, and clicked the “Upgrade” button in my cPanel Fantastico Home for WordPress (from 2.1.3 to 2.5.1) and waited…

To my surprise, my blog came through the upgrading process safely. Although it is using the default theme, I was in a huge relief.

After that process, I activated my plugins – one by one. I noticed that half of the plugins that I had were incompatible with version 2.5.1. Some plugins just did not work, with some others produces gibberish php code on the blog header.

It took me the whole morning getting through the plugins and themes. Hopefully all can be settled in the next couple of days.

Have you upgrade your WordPress?

4 thoughts on “Upgrading Kinabalu Blog from WordPress 2.1.3 to 2.5.1 completed

  1. Installing/upgrading wordpress manually is recommended in my opinion. This way, you have more control on everything. Usually,

    1. backup existing files + db;
    2. download latest wp distrbution from their web;
    3. upload latest distribution into the live server via ftp overwriting old files.
    4. Perform upgrade via admin url

    There is not much you can do regarding on any incompatibility plugin other than waiting for the original authors to update them.

  2. @ sunsuron:

    I did try manual WordPress upgrade in my other blogs, but for this main one, I just crossed fingers and used Fantastico instead.

    Maybe next time, when my hand goes itchy, I will try manually with this blog…

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