WordPress 2.2 upgrade for Real Estate Blog Lab

Early this morning, I took the Lab up to WordPress 2.2. I did the 5 step process as recommended.

  1. Backup all the files
  2. Deactivate all the plug-ins
  3. Install the new files overwriting the old ones
  4. Run upgrade.php
  5. Re-activate the plug-ins

I will say this upgrade has been the one causing the least issues of any major upgrade I’ve done. The last one was a disaster from the sense it changed all the permalinks and made the pages disappear from the search engines if not fixed quickly you would have bots crawling and not finding and then finding under a new name and address. This upgrade didn’t go there thankfully.

Gottcha’s so far


This new version has built in support for widgets, so you won’t need to or be able to activate the sidebar widget. Don’t stress over it. When you go the presentation tab it now has the word widget for the link.

MyBlogLog Plug-in

If you have the mybloglog plugin installed, you will need to add it to the sidebar again even if it was there before, it is now down in the options to add section.

Remember you will have to modify the code or it will produce W3C errors. I think this is more a wordpress issue, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t fix the code every time you save the widget settings it reverts back and produces the errors.

Spell checker

spell check errorThe spell checker (at least for me) with both IE 6 and FF just hangs. Once I got a message about ajax something or other. I hope they fix this soon, I like the spell checker feature. You can recover from it by clicking on the save or save and continue you won’t loose anything, it is just scary seeing it hang up with a ghostly pale screen.

New Stuff So Far


The only new thing I’ve noticed besides the built in widget support and something called “lots of ajax” is the preview window is now full screen and the link is at the top of the edit window. You now get a full WYSIWYG preview which is nice for those wanting the format to be just right when published. No hanging words around images, etc.

The blog seems to load faster, but maybe that is just wishful thinking.

I’m sure there will be more things appear in the next couple of days. I’m going to go ahead and upgrade the Oro Valley Real Estate blog, but wait a little while longer on the Tucson Real Estate in The News.

If you run into anything that other might want to know, please leave a comment.

Running a WordPress upgrade is always a hold your breath experience. Going to a new (dot) is even more so.

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  1. Those upgrading with Fantastico (like me) might run into problems. I have odd symbols running throughout my blog. I got it partially fixed on the support forum, but I still have an unresolved issue that I cannot figure out.

  2. Maureen,

    Thanks for the comment. I still haven’t seen anything addressing the ajax spellchecker issue.
    If you are still having an issue drop me an email with the problem I’ll see if I can find an answer for you.

  3. Thanks for that! I’m still using blogger and have thought about moving over to wordpress for some time.

  4. Laveranues,

    You comment, being the first you have left here was in moderation. From now on your comments should display right away.

    This keeps a lot of comments out of the lab that don’t belong here. After all you don’t want me running a dirty lab.

    If you are ready to take the training wheels off, then by all means move to WordPress.