WordPress 2.6 ate my homework

I’ve been sitting on version 2.3 of WordPress for a while. I just don’t get all giddy over the latest versions of software anymore and to upgrade I have to upload those files, and then I have to do stuff…blah blah blah.

I mean sheesh, other software seems to manage semi-automatic upgrades. It turns out that even WordPress 2.6 will do semi-automatic updates of your plugins. That seems more my speed these days.

Last night I decided to do it. Maybe it was that extra protein shake or the splitting headache that said “if you go to bed, you’re not going to sleep anyway.” It was time for me to go modern and upgrade to WordPress 2.6.

Well, I hope someone is impressed. 😛

Upgrading WordPress is actually a very simple process.

  • Upload Files
  • Execute upgrade.php
  • Click a button

Can’t get much easier than that.

I did all this and there were no errors.

Next, I looked at one of the entries.

Not so good.

None of my posts would open.

I used to use the category name as part of the URL for my blog posts.

So something like blog/categoryname/postname

This is fine until I found out that WordPress deleted the names of all of my categories, leaving me with URLs that contained a ‘//’ as part of the URL and would not open.

None of the blog posts would open. Oh great.

I’m also thinking about my incoming links…oh they’re all broken.

I looked at a few plugins that mass edit the categories of posts, but they couldn’t solve this problem. I don’t remember what the primary category was for each post. Because of the way my URL was set up, that matters too.

Basically…ouch.

They got me.

I looked around on the web and found that I wasn’t alone. This guy even blogged about how he manually edited his database to fix the problem.

http://blog.cumps.be/wordpress-26-upgrade-fix-missing-categories/

I started to do that and then realized…this is no fun.

I changed my URL to something that should be less sensitive to such problems. I’m sure I could restore my database and downgrade, but then I’d always be pissed off at WordPress for screwing up my categories in the upgrade and leaving me stuck at version 2.3.

This means I have a TON of broken links out there on the Internet and my Google index is completely toast.

These things happen.

Life moves on.

Here’s a video tour of the new 2.6 feature set. Once I fixed the above problems, I’ve found this to be worth the effort.

Here are some of the improvements according to WorldPress.org

  • Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
  • Image captions, so you can add sweet captions like Political Ticker does under your images.
  • Bulk management of plugins.
  • A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully integrated with the WYSIWYG.
  • Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries.
  • Plugin update notification bubble.
  • Customizable default avatars.
  • You can now upload media when in full-screen mode.
  • Remote publishing via XML-RPC and APP is now secure (off) by default, but you can turn it on easily through the options screen.
  • Full SSL support in the core, and the ability to force SSL for security.
  • You can now have many thousands of pages or categories with no interface issues.
  • Ability to move your wp-config file and wp-content directories to a custom location, for “clean” SVN checkouts.
  • Select a range of checkboxes with “shift-click.”
  • You can toggle between the Flash uploader and the classic one.
  • A number of proactive security enhancements, including cookies and database interactions.
  • Stronger better faster versions of TinyMCE, jQuery, and jQuery UI.
  • Version 2.6 fixes approximately 194 bugs.

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