WordPress 3.5 is here and it’s time to upgrade again. With any major release, there are bound to be glitches with themes and plugins along the way. Known WordPress upgrade issues can be found on this post over at wordpress.org
How To Upgrade To WordPress 3.5
I’m going to outline how I upgrade clients and my sites. Yes, it is longwinded!
But, if anything does go squelch (and with major upgrades things are more likely to fall over and die!) it’s easier to see where things have gone wrong and recover.
Step 2. Upgrade any out of date themes and plugins and check your site works as expected.
Step 3. Back up everything again
Step 4. Disable your plugins
Step 5. Update WordPress and check your site loads
Step 6. Enable plugins one by one, checking your site after each one
Step 7. Back up again.
You will see plugin updates coming through regularly after upgrading WordPress. Back up and upgrade as they come through.
I can see you sighing and saying, “no chance!” from here. You can skip a couple of steps if you are feeling brave:
- Back up everything
- Update plugins and themes
- Update WordPress
- Check your site
- Back up again
If you get error messages and it is not obvious from the message what is causing the problem, then:
- disable all plugins,
- clear your cache and
- enable plugins one by one until you find the culprit.
Sometimes themes cause problems. If you have errors after disabling all plugins, switch the theme to a WordPress standard theme (Twenty Twelve comes with WordPress 3.5) to check if your theme is the issue.
Is upgrading to WordPress 3.5 too much hassle?
Get in touch and hire me to do it for you. A basic WordPress MOT that includes backing up and upgrading plugins, themes and WordPress starts at just £35
Over to you…
Have you upgraded your WordPress site yet? How did it go, do you like the new features? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.WordPress 3.5 Now Available – How To Upgrade To WordPress 3.5 by Jan Kearney