Smooth upgrade to WordPress 2.2

Against my early pronouncements about a month ago, I gave in to my obsessive-compulsiveness and upgraded this blog to the latest major release of WordPress which is version 2.2 which was named after renowned saxophonist Stan Getz.

The reasons why one should hold out on upgrading immediately once version 2.2 comes out is that plugins you currently use could be incompatible with the latest version and would result to anything from a messed up theme or the tragedy of a broken WP database. Numerous blog disasters were born this way and the only remedies would be reverting back to the previous version or completely restarting from scratch. Even the great John Chow of John Chow dot com succumbed to this problem when he attempted to upgrade his blog earlier today. Both tasks could be as ugly as the broken upgrade if one is fully prepared.

So again, we emphasize and remind all WordPress users to backup your blog files and database before attempting an upgrade.

Fortunately for this blogger, the upgrade to version 2.2 went on smoothly and without a single glitch. Of course I backed up my database, wp-config.php and the .htaccess files, downloaded a copy of WordPress 2.2, unzipped the package, fired up my FTP client and uploaded the new WP files.

Again, of course I deactivated all the plugins I currently use before actually uploading the files to the server. It was a nerve-wracking moment because I didn’t bother to check each plugin’s homepage to see if any had issues with WordPress 2.2 and if fixes or upgrades have been made to it.

It was leap of faith as I went on with the upgrade. To my relief and delight, all the plugins I use are compatible with WordPress 2.2 To help out the other anxious bloggers in identifying which plugins are compatible with WordPress 2.2 or not, I’ve listed all the active plugins running in this blog that, has so far, been running well with WP 2.2

This is quite an extensive list of plugins

Imagine the chaos if more than one of these plugins were not compatible with WordPress 2.2, luckily for all of us who use them they work perfectly with the new version. For those who use a hacked or customized version of any of this plugins, visit their homepages and get in touch with their makers, I’m sure a fix or an update to the plugin will be available.

Again, if all your plugins are fully compatible with WordPress 2.2, I encourage that your set aside ample time to make the upgrade, it is definitely worth it. Especially since the following features are now included:

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

Over all, this a good major upgrade to the blogging software we bloggers have come to love. Again, give it a download and upgrade your blog as soon as possible.

Now, we just have to wait for all the bugs to come out.

9 Replies to “Smooth upgrade to WordPress 2.2”

  1. I’m glad my upgrade went smoothly too. There were a few things that I had to fix but it was only some parameters for the Sideblog plugin. Other than that, I had no problem whatsoever. 😀

  2. I’m sure though it would’ve been a different story if the built-in tagging feature of WordPress were not dropped from this major release. 😉

  3. I just installed wp 2.2.1 and the cutline theme, but adsense 0.8 does not seem to work for me, I ad a block but it does not appear in the list so I can cut and paste it.

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