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    Good Idea to Upgrade WP When it Says To?

    I've had the notice in my dashboard for some time bout a new version of WP being available but I know nothing about upgrading it or if it could mess up my templates. How important is it to upgrade as soon as it tells you that you can?
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    It is very important to upgrade ASAP because most of the time they are security patches. They won't affect your theme at all, but on the rare occasion would affect your plugins.
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    Agreed. With the milestone releases, I tend to wait until the first update comes out (such as remaining on 2.3.3 when 2.5 comes out and waiting for 2.5.1 to be released before upgrading), but other than that, I update as soon as possible.

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    I'm in agreement there although I can't say I always practice what I preach.
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    Missing security upgrades could put your blogs content at risk. Upgrading really shouldn't affect your theme, but he's right about plugins barfing at times.

    I've upgraded several times on my blog and others I maintain, so far so good. Back up that database. There are several plugins that assist with that task.

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    I have tried to make this point easier for not very experienced guys by writing this article: Upgrading WordPress in Ten Easy Steps
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    Just a quick reminder about the Massive WordPress Hacking thread we had recently...

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    Of course you would upgrade. The upgrades usually include new features or improved security measures. If you are worried about something messing up (which is really unlikely) then simply make a backup prior to the upgrade process. Furthermore, the upgrade process doesn't actually touch your theme/template files.

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    Yup - as everyone is saying, you gotta update your WordPress install as soon as you can - it's not just performance but security updates too.

    Some things can complicate this though, particularly plugins. It's always a good idea if at-all possible to run a testbed installation of WordPress with your theme and plugins that's separate to your actual site. That way you can update your testbed installation and try out your site configuration without doing the update on your live site... NEVER a good idea!!

    It's really easy to setup this on your own computer without using an actual web server - I use a Mac personally and would recommend MAMP, which allows you to run Apache, MySQL and PHP at a click of a mouse button... simply install WordPress like you would normally! I hear that XAMPP is very popular with PC users.

    It goes without saying... always, ALWAYS make a backup of the site files and in particular the mysql database before doing anything... most updates can't be rolled back!
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    Since you can upgrade by pressing one button (if you have the Automatic Upgrade plugin installed) there is no reason not to upgrade immediately when an upgrade becomes available.
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    yes it is good idea to upgrade it when the patches are security related


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