Blog upgrade time

Via Gruber, a MovableType fan, I see that old WordPress installations are under attack. Whoop! Whoop! Run to the nearest Tube station! Release the barrage balloons!

Sorry, I’ve been listening to a lot of BBC recently.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, this little backwater of the internets has yet to be blitzed, but it’s probably as good a time as any to do an upgrade. We Yanks have a three-day weekend and I’m a little under the weather, so a bit of computer work seems in order. I’ve been backing things up to my local machine and will probably start dismantling and reassembling the blog in an hour or two.

So don’t be surprised if things are a bit wonky for a day or two. But eventually this blog will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. And if it lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was its finest hour.”

Update 9/6/09
Well, that was pretty painless. I didn’t get started until about an hour ago, and now it’s all done.1 I just followed WordPress’s simple upgrade instructions (the Three Step Manual Upgrade—the version I was running before was too old to use the Automatic Upgrade), thought everything through before I did it, and used a checklist to make sure I didn’t forget anything.

I think it helped that my theme is very simple and that I use only a few plugins. The flickrRSS plugin was upgraded with a single click. I wouldn’t have upgraded the PHPMarkdown Extra plugin even if a newer one was available, because I’m using a customized version that handles equations.

Overall, an almost pleasant experience. I can only hope the Snow Leopard upgrade I plan to do next week is as smooth.


  1. It really was my finest hour.