With WordPress 2.5 to be scheduled to be released today (I’m not sure if it will make it today or not) the whole blogosphere is going to go crazy with reviews of the latest version of WordPress. Many users would invariably encounter problems while upgrading, so here’s a check list by Lorelle Van Fossen to make sure that the upgrading to WordPress 2.5 goes off smoothly.
Let me cut out all the stuff and just list out the points here for a quick scan. You can read the full list over here.
- Check Plugin and Theme Compatibilities
- Update Themes and Plugins
- Do a PreFlight Test
- Disable and/or Remove Old Plugins
- Backup your Database
- Relax and Read (The finer print is what matters)
If you are a WordPress.com blogger, then you have many reasons to rejoice this festive season, and the feeds on WordPress.com have received a major upgrade. And Ofcourse that latest addition from Automattic is Enhanced Feeds that has for long been associated with Feedburner. Read on to find out what these Enhanced Feeds really are,
I am sure you have all seen some pretty avatars floating almost all over the web in countless blogs, forums etc… It was made possible thanks to efforts of Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatars), but offlate Gravatar seemed to have scaling issues with its amazing rate of growth. This is when it became an automatic choice for Automattic to acquire. Automattic with its vast experience with Server scaling and architecture thanks to Akismet and WordPress.com are going to be of tremendous help to Gravatar.
If you haven’t noticed here are some changes to Gravatar in the past few days since the acquisition :
- Automattic transferred the Rails application and most of the avatar serving to WordPress.com infrastructure and servers.
- Avatar serving is now more than three times as fast, and works every time.
- All the Premium Services like Multiple email id’s and avatars are now free. Everyone who paid for a premium account in the past 60 days will be refunded.
Well, I just upgraded from WordPress 2.2.3 to WordPress 2.3. After Upgrading, Ultimate Tag Warrior no longer works, so I am using the built in Taxonomy system in WordPress 2.3. Before I could add tags to my posts via Windows Live Writer, my favorite desktop blogging client, but after the WordPress Upgrade that no longer works.
I went searching around the internet, and found the solution that I was looking for and here the steps that I took to be able to post tags from Windows Live Writer.
First of all, if you are on a self hosted WordPress Blog, download wlwmanifest.xml from WordPress Trac. This patch somehow didn’t make it into the 2.3 Release, so hopefully it will in WordPress 2.3.1. Once you have downloaded the zip, extract the folder and upload it to the root folder of your blog, i.e. the place where the wp-config.php resides.
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.