There have been some rumors out there that you should upgrade to WordPress 2.8.4 immediately because of the virus threat so I finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade. To give you guys an idea of how nervous I am of updating the blog, I never even upgraded to 2.7. Not even 2.6. I was stuck in the 2.5 versions for the longest time and that meant that the upgrade process was a bit different for me.

The reason its different is because if you have a really old version of WordPress, you can’t automatically upgrade it. You have to upgrade WordPress manually. This is what made me really nervous about upgrading it. Also, the fact that I’d have to deal with a new design and new interface, kind of scared me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not technology prone, but I’m not used to change that I have a feeling I won’t like. To get things cleared up though, the new interface is AWESOME! So much more informative and well laid out.

Also, the idea that something will happen to the blog is scary but not too scary because I create weekly backups of my SQL database and I have a current backup of my WordPress blog on my hard drive as well. So all the files and everything are always secure and up-to-date. The part that scares me is having an error occur and being offline for a day. I don’t want that to happen but either way, the upgrade process was easy. WordPress has a great guide out there but maybe I can help with a more separated step process which makes my upgrade process, 7 steps. Here it is:

Step 1 : Create a backup of files on your FTP server – This includes all files in the main root that pertain to WordPress as well as the wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes folder

Step 2 : Create a backup of your MySQL database just in case something goes wrong. This is needed because you might need to update your database once you complete upgrading WordPress. Dont worry, this won’t erase any of your posts, just needs to update table structure. Here is WordPress specific tutorial as to how to backup your database. Depending on your webhosting company, you may or may not have PhpMyAdmin but the process will still be quite similar.

Step 3 : Download the latest version of WordPress by clicking here and unpack it onto your desktop.

Step 4 : Delete your existing wp-admin and wp-includes folder. Copy over the new wp-admin and wp-includes folder as well as any files that would be in the root folder. Do not copy over the wo-content folder otherwise you risk losing essential data such as uploaded images, themes, etc.

Step 5 : Compare your old wp-config.php file to the wp-config-sample.php that is in the new WordPress install. I recommend checking to see if theres any change in structure. If there is, copy over data from your existing wp-config file into the sample file provided and then rename the sample file and upload it to your root folder.

Step 6 : Browse over to www.yourblog.com/wp-admin and login. You might be ask to update your database which usually takes 2 seconds and then you will be logged in to the new upgraded version of WordPress.

Step 7 : Sit back, relax and enjoy!

So, I hope you liked my post. I’m sorry if I might have named something wrong because I based the entire installation purely off of memory but I will re-check it again to make sure I got it right. I wonder how many of you have still not updated from the old version — a show of hands…or comments? Have a great rest of the week!