Upgrading WordPress to 2.2.1

Ever since my site was hacked a few months ago, I’ve known I had to update WordPress to the latest release to improve my site’s securtiy.

Unfortunately, I actually know about as much about the code that makes this blog run as I know about the drive system in our new Prius, which is to say I know virtually nothing at all except that I like how they look and how they run.

I spent considerable time in the last two weeks collecting and reading the information on how to use phpMyAdmin so I could save my database (which includes all the articles and your comments) in case something went wrong with the upgrade.

So last night after a couple of failed attempts I did manage to save my mySql database and a backup of my whole site in case I needed to restore my site.

After fiddling around and stalling for nearly two hours, I took out the directions and started deleting WordPress files so that the update would go seamlessly. Then I started up my ftp program, uploaded the new files, found the online installer script, reactivated some plugins, and here we are back where we started.

Hopefully you didn’t notice at all.

Except for feeling a little embarrassed about all my fear and trepidation, it was a relatively painless experience, and confirms my overall satisfaction with WordPress.

7 thoughts on “Upgrading WordPress to 2.2.1”

  1. Of course, I noticed nothing. I know even less about all of that than you do!

    I didn’t remember that you were hacked.

  2. The hack wasn’t visible because it was actually attached as part of WordPress PHP script.

    It seemed to be using my site to serve up porn pictures, or at least provide a link to their site, perhaps asva way of increasing their Google standings.

    It’s not absolutely certain what the code was doing, but it was clear that it had been hacked into my code.

  3. I would have no idea how to spot such code in my blog or it’s code. I’m almost glad I don’t know, because then I would worry about it, or worry about doing something about it! I would rather be sabotaged than to have a big fucking heart attack about it all. Otherwise, good for you!

  4. We love the Prius. It’s almost as much fun to drive as my Honda CRX was, though not quite as zippy,

    Leslie said she’s occasionally noticed slippage when starting out after newly fallen rain, but no problems other than that.

    I drove it through driving storms on the California coast at 60-70 mph on the coast highway and didn’t notice any particular problems.

  5. Good news. We just ordered one, but it hasn’t yet arrived (it’s still somewhere in the Pacific). I read the online review of a 2004 Prius who noted this problem. The package we ordered has a skid/slide stabilizer, so that, hopefully, will help. I can still back out of the deal after we drive this car, but don’t expect that we will.

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