WordPress 2.6 Upgrade
Well, today I realize that the new version of WordPress had been released. The version is 2.6 with the codename “Tyner“. You can read all related stuff about the update on WordPress.org blog. Then, you can download em’ at the usual WordPress.org download section. Before you do any upgrading, although it had been noted that “2.6 is pretty much identical to 2.5 from a plugin and theme compatibility point of view1“, it’s advisable that you do a backup first. Or even better, you can first test it locally on your machine to see if the upgrade brake any of your current configuration (theme, plugin, hack, etc).
There is already an official guide on how to properly upgrade your wordpress (and it’s painless), but let me tell you how I do it. First, I determine all my changes that I made previously with the original release (hack, mod, etc) and I’m pretty sure all the changes been made hard coded, so as long as I don’t delete/replace those files, it should be okay. Most mod/hack that I made is on the theme files (*.php or *.css); so I would be very careful handling “wp-content” folder.
Next, I compare my “wp-config.php” with the new version named “wp-config-sample.php” to see if there are any changes at all. A little changes I suppose, so I just follow the new structure/format by copying my old settings to the new files and renamed the “wp-config-sample.php” into “wp-config.php” Then, I just followed the official guide. Backup database, change the name of “wp-include” and “wp-admin” by adding the suffix “_backup”, and lastly copying all the new WordPress 2.6 files over the old ones (exclude the “wp-content” folder. It seems “wp-content” only contains few files which I’m very sure I already updated those files; no harms done for not copying them over.
Then running the blog off the browser, login to admin, and database update page appeared. Just press upgrade, and a few moments later, voila…it’s done. Now, I just need to see if everything work as before. Since I use K2 theme (with external style), I encounter a few hickups but not that hard to solve. I just play some check-uncheck and save; done. Also, I notice some “image missing” error on my blog and I just realize, that some of my image didn’t exist in the “wp-include/images” folder. Luckilly, I have em’ in my old folder (wp-include_backup). On the plugins department, no appearent problem at the moment and I’m glad…Really painless.
PS: Well, it seems the upgrade do brake something. Sometime my sidebar act a little bit funny than usual. Sigh~~guess I have to wait for the next version of K2.
UPDATE: Head on to K2 official site, the update to comply with the 2.6 had been released.