Updating to WordPress 2.6 the sequel

When I began the other post, I didn’t anticipate a part 2 so I’m calling this the sequel because I intend it be OVER in a few minutes!!

Ok so here I go to upgrade my WordPress blog to version 2.6 using the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin version 1.2.0.2 . . . I’ll be back.

So I left clicked Plugins on the Dashboard page, Scroll down, locate the plugin, left click on the little text which reads WordPress Automatic Upgrade and immediately get 2 error messages telling me something about the process has already been started. CRAP! Must be something from last night. I repeat that process. Yeah, I know, I do that when I cannot believe what previously happened which SHOULD not be happening – at least in my world!

I decide to reinstall the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin – don’t ask my why – when I notice IT’S INACTIVE!!! Clearly residue from last night because that’s the last thing I remember doing before I was locked out of my websites. So I ACTIVATE the plugin.

On the Dashboard there are TWO messages: Click Here to Automatically Upgrade WordPress to latest Version, followed by WordPress 2.6 is available! Please update now.

I remember when the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin is activated that message is displayed in the Dashboard. I LOVE PLUGINS!!!

Ok – as I said at the beginning of this in the original post last night “here I go to upgrade my WordPress blog to version 2.6 using the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin version 1.2.0.2 . . . I’ll be back -”

I press: Click Here to Automatically Upgrade WordPress to latest Version

I get the panel which is divided into 2-3 sections.  The ones I’m interested in are: Task Output, Task Status and Next Task –>

Task Output usually tells me to DOWNLOAD a file and VERIFY they have been downloaded  before continuing  (I  ALWAYS DO THAT)

Task Status tells what has JUST happened

Next Task –> tells me what is about to happen when I press Click Here in  Please CLICK HERE to go to the next task.

I continue following the prompts and it says I’ve been updated and everything is FINE.  My database may need to be UPDATED  Click Here and if the message says to update then do that AND RETURN TO THIS PAGE.  I press Click Here.  It says I may have to wait a few moments for the database to be updated  then it says COMPLETE and Click Here.  I do.

HOLY CRAP!  What’s this?  I cannot get back into my website!!A@#$%^%^  What the heck?@**@#  After all this!!!  Ok.  Let me try a few things before I call on the calvalry.  And what happens?  It says looking for www.afreesoul.com and then says DONE and I’m still on the Login page.  Even if I put in www.afreesoul.com/wp-admin I still get the LOGIN page and nothing more happens.  Another Loop!!!

I’ve done what I know to do, let me call my friend, Internet Marketing Coach and WordPress mentor, Jonn.

He tells me, “I was going to let you know, I had a problem with 2.6 – but is was MY problem not theirs.”  “Yeah, right”, I smirk.

OK to solve my problem he begins by asking, “Well, did you change your username or password?”  That would be a resounding, “NO!!!”, I say.  “OK.  Well, just put anything in for password.”, he says and then asks, “So what happened?”  I got  Incorrect Password – “OK change the username”  I get Invalid Username.  I further tell him, “And then it says looking for www.afreesoul.com and then says DONE and I’m still on the login in page.  Even if I put in www.afreesoul.com/wp-admin I still get this page and nothing happens.”

“Ok”, he says, “well download WordPress 2.6”  I begin to groan.  He continues, “Unzip it.  Use your FTP program and just reload the admin files.  If that doesn’t work – reload the entire WordPress 2.6.”  I begin to complain, “Jonn, you KNOW I hate that.”  He retorts, “Well what do you want to do?  You called asking for my help.  I’m helping you.”  I repeat his instructions.  We hang up.

I grudgingly follow his instructions while muttering in my mind because I abhor updating WordPress manually.  I create a folder.  Download the zip file into it.  Create a sub-folder.  Unzip into that (so I can go back and delete this stuff off my computer).  I FORGOT I didn’t have to unzip the ENTIRE 647 files.  So even though I’ve unzipped the entire file, I only FTP the wp-admin folder using Overwrite If New.  I close the FTP program.  Go back to the login screen and I”m in!!!  I’M IN!!!

I reopen this post.  First hing I see directly underneath ‘Draft Saved at . . . is Word count 451.  Hmmm, nice feature.  Ok, I’m likin’ it.

Now let me go and ACTIVATE my plugins.

MAN-OH-MAN-OH-MAN-OH-MAN ONLY ONE PLUGIN IS ACTIVATED – WordPress Automatic Upgrade!!!  I’ve got about 30 plugin’s here and I don’t know which ones I had activated for sure on this blog!!!  Brother!

Nice feature – separating the Active Plugins from the Inactive ones.  However, IT WASN’T WORTH ALL THAT AGGRAVATION WORDPRESS PEOPLE!!! 👿

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