Well After a lot of thought, I have finally upgraded dailyApps over to WordPress 2.3. While the process was not as easy as it normally is, but it wasn’t as scary as what I read from others experiences. I Had some requirements for dailyApps before upgrading, and everything but one, that is colored tag clouds remained was satisfied. I spent about 5hrs coding up a quick and dirty plugin to display colored tag clouds, borrowing heavily from UTW and my minimal PHP coding skills.
After doing that, the result was satisfactory enough and you can see the new Tag Cloud that runs on the Tag System of WordPress 2.3 Over at my Archives page. Well if you are planning to upgrade over to WordPress 2.3 anytime soon, then here are some tips that I would like to give, to make your updating process a lot more easier.
- Make a Full Backup of Everything, i.e. your WordPress Folder and the Complete Database.
- Store it in some secure location, so that you can revert back to the old version, in case anything goes wrong.
- Check out the Plugin Compatibility List, and see if the Plugins that are very important to your Blog are listed as compatible.
- Disable all the Active Plugins.
- Once you have done all that, Get the latest build of WP 2.3 and Replace all the existing files on your Server.
- Delete the Plugins that you don’t need.
- Upgrade the blog and see if everything is working fine. Get the Latest version of all the plugins you need beforehand so that you can save time, in getting the blog to run in perfect state.
- Activate all the plugins one by one, and check that nothing breaks.
- Once everything seems to be ok, backup your blog completely once again and keep it in a safe location.
If you are using any of these popular plugins, then I suggest you go through this, to see some of the fixes, new versions, mods etc.. of the plugin that you love.
- Extended Live Archives : Here is the Fix
- Google Sitemap Generator : New Version
- Related Posts : Alternative Plugin
I plan to release the plugin that I coded up for WordPress 2.3 to display colored tag clouds in a couple of days. If you want to test out the beta, then contact me. Please let me know, how your WordPress Upgrade goes about?