Upgrading to WordPress 2.5

Now that Fantastico has added WordPress 2.5 to the mix, you’ll see more and more bloggers upgrading to the latest version. This is a pretty major upgrade, and there are a few things to be aware of before making the move.

1) BACKUP YOUR FILES!!

Sure, Fantastico makes life easy, but I ran into an unexpected quirk yesterday, and it could happen to you as well. What happens if you run out of disk space? Your backup won’t be made, and if the upgrade fails (which mine did), you’re in a world of trouble. Luckily, I had a backup of the database for this site, or else I would have lost probably 6 days worth of posts.

So what went wrong? Fantastico backs up EVERYTHING when upgrading, which in my case included a Podcast directory with 100MB+ of MP3s. Unfortunately, this site was hosted on a basic plan that only included 400MB of storage space, and I was already using 345MB of space prior to upgrading. Do the math, and you’ll see that I maxed out my quota, and the upgrade aborted midstream.

2) The Media Gallery doesn’t work!

This was fun, as a moderator on the WordPress forum initially swore up and down that this wasn’t a bug. After a million people chimed in with the same problem, he pulled his head out of his ass, and actually addressed the issue. The fix? A new media.php and handlers.js file that can be downloaded from the sticky in the WP forum. If you’re running Firefox, you probably didn’t have an issue, but if you were running IE, you’d likely just see a blank page.

Other than that, things seem pretty good.. The dashboard definitely takes some time to get used to, but as with all things, you’ll eventually get used to it. If you come across any other issues, let us know and we’ll be happy to help.


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