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    Post WordPress: NEW version 2.8.1

    While holding my breath I just ran the Dashboard Upgrade from 2.8 to 2.8.1 on my test Blog.

    I'm still playing but I can report this:

    1. Unlike the previous version Dashboard upgrade which trashed my Blog, this upgrade worked perfectly.

    2. They eliminated the fancy Editor which is a good thing since in version 2.8 it was very very very slow and the cursor jumped around.

    3. The Dashboard "feels" a little faster.

    Your experiences?

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    My blog has only been around a few weeks, I'm on version 2.8 .... not much to loose, so went for the upgrade without holding breath (did a backup though)....

    Nothing, I got :

    Downloading update from http://wordpress.org/wordpress-2.8.1.zip.

    Unpacking the update.
    Then nothing. I guess it is some file permissions problem. I have my personal blog on a cheapie 1and1 shared hosting account by the way.

    If anyone has any tips on where to look first to make upgrades work, let me know. This is not serious, but if you can save me digging around for the answer I would be obliged. You might even get a mentionon my blog. A huge honour I assure you ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by styloa View Post
    My blog has only been around a few weeks, I'm on version 2.8 .... not much to loose, so went for the upgrade without holding breath (did a backup though)....

    Nothing, I got :



    Then nothing. I guess it is some file permissions problem. I have my personal blog on a cheapie 1and1 shared hosting account by the way.

    If anyone has any tips on where to look first to make upgrades work, let me know. This is not serious, but if you can save me digging around for the answer I would be obliged. You might even get a mentionon my blog. A huge honour I assure you ;-)
    Same thing that happened to me. I think the only choice is to upgrade manually. I'm not looking forward to it with 5 blogs.
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    you have 5 blogs? How do you blog with 5 blogs?

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    Ok, sorted out my problem. Switched my 1and1 hosting to use PHP5 (it was defaulted to use PHP4).

    So it seems my automatic upgrade problem as down to the version of PHP.

    In my case it was a matter of adding this line to .htaccess:

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    AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
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    Quote Originally Posted by styloa View Post
    If anyone has any tips on where to look first to make upgrades work, let me know. This is not serious, but if you can save me digging around for the answer I would be obliged. You might even get a mentionon my blog. A huge honour I assure you ;-)
    It won't be a permissions problem, as permissions problem generally will be overcome with wordpress asking you for the FTP login details.

    I suspect, particularly if you tried it today, that wordpress' server is down. Akismet has been down for me, and getting into some of Automattic's websites (including Automattic) has resulted in my browser hanging. Maybe that could be the problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by styloa View Post
    Ok, sorted out my problem. Switched my 1and1 hosting to use PHP5 (it was defaulted to use PHP4).

    So it seems my automatic upgrade problem as down to the version of PHP.

    In my case it was a matter of adding this line to .htaccess:

    Code:
    AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
    Glad you got it fixed. What I find interesting is that it "appears" that WP 2.7.x and 2.8 runs fine under PHP4 yet the Dashboard upgrade to version 2.8.1 REQUIRES PHP5. Correct? If so and it's not documented and crystal clear before you start, this sounds like a support nightmare and a valuable sliver of geek talk to remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pub_Perfection View Post
    Glad you got it fixed. What I find interesting is that it "appears" that WP 2.7.x and 2.8 runs fine under PHP4 yet the Dashboard upgrade to version 2.8.1 REQUIRES PHP5. Correct? If so and it's not documented and crystal clear before you start, this sounds like a support nightmare and a valuable sliver of geek talk to remember.
    Yes, it does seem like a PHP version problem, but rhysboy84 reports general problems with WordPress update server today. It may have been a coincidence that switching PHP versions made my upgrade work.

    It would be good if anyone with WP v2.8 or 2.7.x and PHP4 tried and confirmed this....
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    Yes...that could also be the issue which brings me to a question which I think and hope some of our resident WP developers could answer:

    How many servers does WP have in use to serve these upgrades?

    Is thier anyway to tell what their load is?

    Obviosly, WP servers have a HUGE spike when an upgrade is released and they also stage/dribble out the Dashboard upgrade link to even out the load.

    Iv'e got 7 to upgrade and would like to do it when the server is not under serious load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by styloa View Post
    Ok, sorted out my problem. Switched my 1and1 hosting to use PHP5 (it was defaulted to use PHP4).

    So it seems my automatic upgrade problem as down to the version of PHP.

    In my case it was a matter of adding this line to .htaccess:

    Code:
    AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
    I host with 1 and 1 too. You are a real lifesaver. Thank you! Yes, the upgrade from 2.8 to 2.81 works perfectly now! What a relief!
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    I haven't upgraded yet, I'm waiting for my plugins to upgrade to 2.8.1 compatibility before I upgrade.

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    2.8.1 is a pretty smooth upgrade. I only had one site give me a white screen and that was because some plugins were out of date. Make sure you upgrade your plugins before upgrading.

    There's talk of building a "plugin checker" for either 2.9 or 3.0 that will test your plugins before the upgrade process to let you know if they are compatible or not. Looking forward to that feature!

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    many people got problems when it upgrade , so i will do it manually

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    they have released the new its good better then the previous version .Now its load fast.

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    I suppose Wordpress has released another update 2.8.2.
    Please do check it and upgrade to the new version.

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    upgrade as soon as possible. Because earlier version of wordpress had a security hole of XSS..

    it has been removed in this version..


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