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Upgrade to WordPress 2.7? Ready?

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments · How to, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, WordPress Upgrades

WordPress 2.7 was released on December 11, 2007. This is the next generation of WordPress. Are you ready for it yet?

WordPress 2.7 has a completely new look of its dashboard. It allows its users to arrange new modules by dragging and dropping them around. It also provides new features such as QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments inside the dashboard. Moreover, it built in the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click only.

On the upper side corner there is a new feature named “Screen Options” which allow you to check or uncheck the choices of the modules to be shown in the dashboard. The most excited news about WordPress 2.7 is that it built in the ability to allow you to automatically upgrade your future WordPress version with a single click.

Although some people don’t like the new dashboard of WordPress 2.7, I don’t mind to have that. I can understand why some people are not easy to accept new ideas, new looks, new technologies, and etc. For me I am ready. So this is the last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again. If you are readdy, here we go:

  • Check to see your host is compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • Check to find out your plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • Check to be sure your theme is compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • If everything works fine for you, then you can download WordPress 2.7 here.
  • Deactivate all your plugins before you proceed.
  • You can use WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin to upgrade to WordPress 2.7 in about two minutes (after that say bye-bye to this plugin because you don’t need it any more). If you like to manually upgrade your existing WordPress version to WordPress 2.7, just follow along.
  • Back up all your WordPress files to your laptop/PC. You may use FTP to get the job done.
  • You should double check to make sure that your backups are usable.
  • 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)
    • .htaccessfile (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).
  • You may use FTP to upload your unzipped WordPress 2.7 files to your WordPress directory.
  • In your web browser, type http://www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin/ and hit enter. It will guide you whether you need to upgrade your database or not. It turns out that I needed to upgrade my database this time. (Make sure you replace yoursitename wiith your own domain name.)
  • The final step is to reactivate all your plugins in the dashboard of your WordPress 2.7.

Now go ahead. Get familiar with the new features in WordPress 2.7 and enjoy!

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