I recently asked if you were ready for WordPress 2.5, but let’s go through the steps to prepare your blog for upgrading to the new version next week.
- Check Compatibilities: Visit the WordPress Codex and check the WordPress Theme Compatibilities and WordPress Plugin Compatibilities lists to ensure that the Theme and Plugins you are using will work with the new version. If there is a Plugin your blog is dependent upon, check with the author to ensure you have the updated version.
- Update Themes and Plugins: The Migrating Plugins and Themes offers tips on updating your Plugin or Theme for the latest version of WordPress.
- Do a PreFlight Test: The WordPress Upgrade Preflight Check Plugin tests your blog to make sure it is ready for the new version. This is especially good for those moving from older versions to the newest one.
- Disable and/or Remove Old Plugins: Go through your Plugins list and get rid of the Plugins you don’t use any more. Remove them from your server. If there are Plugins which are not compatible with the new version, check for updates and install them. If there are no updates, look for alternatives.
- Print Your Plugins List: Go to the Plugins panel and print a list of the Plugins you have on your blog and highlight the ones you can’t live without. In case something goes wrong, you at least have the list. (Nothing will go wrong.)
- Validate: If you have been tweaking with your WordPress Theme, take time to run it through a validator to ensure that it still works and there is nothing left broken. See the Validating a Website article in the WordPress Codex for help. While you’re at it, why not run your site through some checklists to ensure everything is up-to-date and ready.
- Backup: Backup your database. Backup your WordPress Theme. Backup Your Plugins directory. Backup EVERYTHING. Even do an XML export as an additional backup measure.
- Relax and Read: Take time now, not when you are in a panic of upgrading, to read through the WordPress Codex documents on installing and upgrading WordPress:
- Check The WordPress Support Forums: If something goes wrong during a major upgrade, you will find out first on the WordPress Support Forums. You can monitor the site directly or through the feed.
The more you prepare your blog in advance for the upgrade, the easier it will be to make the transition without complications.
Here are some WordPress checklists that may also help ease the transition.
- Download Squad – WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist
- Daily Blog Tips – WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist
- Max Limpag’s WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist
- Seldom Static – First Things First: WordPress Pre-Launch Checklist
- BlogSecurity – Blog Archive – 5 Step Failsafe Upgrade for WordPress
If you have more than one WordPress blog, the following articles may help you install WordPress across multiple blogs: