Unexpectedly, I have created the need to add a Sunday edition of my Blog Tip Sharing Project this week. It’s urgent information that I feel like I MUST tell you, so that you won’t nearly die of panic like I did.
If you happened upon this blog last night between 10:30 and 11:30 PM, you would have seen that every single post and comment and my template, and EVERYTHING THAT MAKES THIS BLOG MY BLOG was gone.
I killed it in one fell swoop trying to upgrade to WP 2.5.1.
I was certain that my heart would pound right out of my chest. My face was flushed from the panic, I felt like I couldn’t breathe and was gasping for breath. Tate tried to calm me down, but with a dead blog and everything I’d ever written deleted, calming down just wasn’t on my agenda.
I hope you’re not laughing, because it hurts.me.in.the.heart!
So here are my tips for today…especially pertinent for WordPress self-hosted folks….
1. When you go to upgrade to the latest WP, BACKUP EVERYTHING. I’m NOT kidding. BACKUP EVERYTHING. The blog you are seeing today is a result of my having BACKED UP EVERYTHING.
2. If you decide to use one of the software services like Simple Scripts for WP upgrade through your cpanel (via your webhost), understand that there is a HUGE difference between “Install” and “Upgrade.”
Last night I installed a totally new blog, rather than upgrade the one I already had. Oops.
Stop laughing at me, please.
3. Did I mention to BACKUP EVERYTHING? Oh I did? Well I MEAN it!
4. BACKUP EVERTHING. In case you’re wondering, I backed up my site via my cpanel on my webhost using the Backup Wizard. I backed up my Home directory and MySQL files individually.
Thank goodness I did or…I could crap myself just thinking of the horror of having to start from scratch.
This concludes the dumbass edition of my weekly BTSP. Good day.