I’m an automatic uploader. Can’t help it. When I see that there’s a new version available, I nab it without thinking, that’s just how on-the-edge and kinda stupid I am.
And WordPress, the blogging software I use for my sites, is excellent in that regard. It wasn’t terrible to upload before, just time-consuming, and ever since an automatic updater was developed it was ridiculously easy to keep those little version numbers current. Just hit the button, click OK a bunch of times, and you’re golden.
This morning they launched v2.8. And I clicked. And suddenly the post editor fizzed out and just showed me little red lines where the timeless prose used to be. And I had a momentary freakout, because, as I said, all my sites are WP-driven.
Fortunately the support forums – which are now lighting up like an upgraded Christmas tree – supplied some suggestions. I deactivated all my plugins, manually deleted and uploaded \wp-admin and \wp-includes, and then reactivated everything one by one. (The Social Media page plugin is still broken, by the way) But judging from the other posts in the support forum, I may have gotten off lucky. So before you upgrade your own blogs, go skim the forum and make sure you’re ready, and be sure to upgrade manually.
Or just wait for 22.214.171.124 or whatever to come along.