As you guessed from my posts last Friday and Saturday, the Lonely Marketer was hanging on by a thread. A variety of issues caused the site to not work properly. I went ahead and upgraded to WordPress 2.2.1 and so far I think everything is working correctly. If you’re planning to upgrade your WordPress blogging platform (or any blogging platform for that matter), I would recommend you take the following steps:
- BACK UP everything. I made a copy of my whole site before moving ahead. I figured a malfunctioning site was better than losing all of your data.
- BACK UP your database. Your site is worthless without your post content, comments, etc. You should be using a database backup plugin so this shouldn’t be a problem.
- Disable Plugins. My problem was narrowed down to a plugin I was using. Plus, a few of your plugins might not be compatible with the new version of your blogging platform. After your upgrade, enable the plugins one by one and make sure they’re working properly. Also, you should check to make sure your plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.2.1.
- Check on your theme compatibility. Not all themes are compatible with updated versions of your blog software. Check to see if your theme is WordPress 2.2.1 compatible. Much of your design work on your theme could be ruined if you don’t check on what other users have experienced. By doing this I learned my theme was not compatible without a fix developed by another user. Thanks, Alex!
- Read Forums. I spent some time on the WordPress.org support forum before upgrading. They do a great job with that forum and I was able to see what roadblocks others had come up against.
I also want to shout out a thank you to Michael Jensen at SoloSEO and Matt McGee at Small Business SEM for seeing I was having problems and quickly offering to help. It’s relationships like that with other bloggers that make this so gratifying!