Updating to WordPress 3.1

March 9th, 2011 by Curtiss Grymala

As you may or may not know, WordPress 3.1 was released about 2 weeks ago. We at Ten-321 Enterprises have slowly been going through and updating many of the WordPress-based websites we maintain. Overall, the process seems to take an average of around 30 minutes. To some, that may seem like a long time, but we want to make sure we do everything methodically and take extra precautionary measures when performing updates.

The process we follow is:

  1. Perform a complete backup of the site (this includes the whole database and all files on the site/server – even tables and files not directly related to WordPress). Under most circumstances, we will use the WordPress EZ Backup plugin to perform the backups. However, some servers do not support the tools necessary to use WP EZ Backup, so we have to run a manual backup.
  2. Update all plugins with available updates, checking to make sure nothing on the site broke after each plugin is updated.
  3. Perform another complete backup (so that we can revert to the version with updated plugins if the core update fails for some reason).
  4. Deactivate any plugins that are known to cause conflicts or errors when updating the core.
  5. Perform the core update.
  6. Ensure that any cached pages (we use WP Super Cache on quite a few sites) are cleared out.
  7. Reactivate any plugins we deactivated prior to performing the update.
  8. Review the entire site to ensure no errors or issues popped up after the update.

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WordPress 3.0.5 – Another Painless Update

February 9th, 2011 by Curtiss Grymala

The other day, WordPress 3.0.5 was released to combat a handful of security exploits. For the most part, our clients are not vulnerable to the security exploits that were open in WordPress 3.0.4, but it’s a good idea to update to the new version, anyway.

We updated the Ten-321 Enterprises network of sites and blogs this evening. As expected, the update was extremely simple and painless. Most of this is due to the great work the WordPress team is doing, but some credit also goes to Site5 for doing such a great job configuring their hosting accounts to work so well with WordPress. We have dealt with quite a few other hosts and found that some of them make it nearly impossible to keep WordPress up-to-date, and even harder to keep it secured properly.

With that said, we’d like to thank the WordPress team for their unwavering commitment to security and their consistent work to improve and harden the system.

Updated to WordPress 3.0.1

July 29th, 2010 by Curtiss Grymala

WordPress 3.0.1 was released about an hour ago. We here at Ten-321 Enterprises have gone ahead and update this website to the latest version and are beginning to test it out. Assuming that we don’t encounter any major issues, we’ll be updating our clients’ websites to version 3.0.1, soon.

Have you updated, yet? If so, did you encounter any issues with the update? We’re curious to hear your experiences.