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How to Upgrade Your WordPress blog to WordPress 2.6.5?

December 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment · How to, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Upgrades

The latest version of WordPress is WordPress 2.6.5. It was released on November 25, 2008. According to WordPress Blog, it fixed one security problem and three bugs. I always like to upgrade my existing WordPress blog to the newest version; and I also like to upgrade it manually. Not that I don’t trust automatic upgrade, I just like to learn things through my own experience. Here are the steps I’ve used to upgrade to WordPress 2.6.5:

  • First you have to find out whether you meet the minimum requirement. You can find the answer from you host account.
  • Next back up your database. If you don’t know how, these instructions will show you how.
  • Then back up all your WordPress files to your laptop/PC. I prefer using FTP.
  • It is very important that you double check your backups to see whether they are usable.
  • Next deactivate all your plugins since they may cause problems.
  • Delete the old WordPress files except the following files:
    • wp-config.php file
    • wp-content folder
    • wp-images folder (only older installations from 1.5.x days will have this folder)
    • wp-includes/languages/folder; if you are using a language file, and it is here rather than in wp-content/languages/, do not delete this folder (you might want to move your language files to wp-content/languages/ for easier upgrading in the future)
    • .htaccess file (if you have added custom rules to your .htaccess, do not delete it)
    • Custom Content and/or Plugins (if you have any images or other custom content or Plugins inside the wp-content folder, do not delete them).
  • Upload your unzipped WordPress 2.6.5 files to your WordPress directory.
  • Type http://www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin/ in your web browser and hit enter. It will direct you whether you need to upgrade your database or not. Make sure you replace yoursitename with your own domain name.
  • Now head to reactivate your plugins and enjoy your WordPress 2.6.5 dashboard.

See it is not hard. Let me know if you run into any issues.

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