WordPress upgrade bleg

Jacques is advising us that we should upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.   He may well be right, but Nicholas and I are nervous/remaining to be convinced. Apparently there are some potential security issues with the version we’re currently running.

Our concern is that just about every previous WordPress upgrade we’ve installed has created more problems than it solved and led to seemingly endless headaches.  Moreover, we’re currently enjoying the only trouble-free run we’ve experienced with Troppo for more than 2 years, and we really don’t want to disturb it unless there’s a compelling reason to do so.

All advice/observations will be gratefully received.  What experiences have others had with upgrading to the latest version of WordPress, which I gather is 2.5.1?  Did it create any headaches (especially for those running lots of plugins)?  Apparently version 2.5, which was only released a couple of weeks ago, itself introduced a new security flaw into the program, which 2.5.1 allegedly fixes – see what I mean?  We’re currently running version 2.3.3, which is working perfectly well and does everything we want.  Should we be overly worried about the security vulnerability?  Is this like “upgrading” from Windows XP to the markedly inferior Vista?  Or should we just cross our fingers and make the jump?

Edit: We’ve jumped the shark. In keeping with Murphy’s Law, my meticulous backing up beforehand has meant that the backups were unnecessary.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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James Farrell
James Farrell
13 years ago

Doesn’t it depend a little on what new features or efficiencies the upgrade brings?

Slim
Slim
13 years ago

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Surely WordPress release security fixes for previous releases as well as a new one?

Joshua Gans
13 years ago

I upgraded. Major improvement.

Andrew Norton
Andrew Norton
13 years ago

Jacques has me on 2.5.1. The only slight inefficiency I have noted compared to the previous version is that for categorising posts it defaults to ‘uncategorised’ and doesn’t automatically uncheck it when you choose something else, forcing me to scroll down and uncheck the ‘uncategorised’ box. Perhaps this can be modified, though I cannot quickly see where.

david tiley
13 years ago

You have obviously made the image upload facility work. For me, on our new 2.5 upgrade, it is flakey and we haven’t quite finished the transition. Sometimes it simply doesn’t deliver the image URL to the post,and needs several steps, which seem to be a feature rather than a bug. And it doesn’t like to read code I type in directly, rather that use its format buttons. But that is Opera + Mac.

Our experience notwithstanding, most people seem pretty happy with the upgrade.

Chris lloyd
Chris lloyd
13 years ago

I upgraded a few weeks ago, and have not had any issues.

For anybody who, like me, has problems controlling font, images and layout when you are posting to a blog, can I suggest you use Live Writer, which is a free Microsoft product.

Tony T
13 years ago

Based on your say so, Chris, I just downloaded Live Writer and like the look of it. Did a test post, too, which was a doddle, and will experiment further.

PS: Our mate Harby is still king of the castle at idiot central.

gilmae
13 years ago

My thoughts go along the standard “not broke, don’t fix” lines. I guess that sounds kind of boring but I don’t like to change something that is working without compelling reasons like critical security issues. Those will get me to upgrade every time.

NPOV
NPOV
13 years ago

Not broke, dont fix is fine if you have a sensible definition of “broke”.
I remember our local rag did an on-the-street interview last October, and it seemed most of the respondents intended to vote for the outgoing government on that very basis, despite being represented by perhaps the most incompetent and illiberal member of Howard’s team.

Dave from Albury
13 years ago

The trouble with not upgrading is that at some point a nasty automated bot that knows how to exploit the older version of wordpress will find your site and turn it into a porn link bonanza. At that point you either have to go on a deletion marathon or restore from a backup, neither of which seems a better option than the upgrade.