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Upgrade from WordPress 2.9 to 3.1 and From Thesis 1.6 to 1.8

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We show you how to upgrade WordPress from 2.9 to 3.1 and Thesis from 1.6 to 1.8 in this video. We begin by backing up our website using the EZ Backup plugin and downloading a copy of the database. After we deactivate all of our plugins we then upgrade WordPress. Following this we upgrade to Thesis 1.8. If you encounter errors or a problem when upgrading, you can watch our other videos on backing up and restoring your website for database backup solutions.

Video Transcript

Okay in this session, we are going to learn how to upgrade a WordPress website from 2.9 to 3.1 and from Thesis… from 1.6 to 1.8. And this is an existing site that I have for tutorial, my old tutorial about how to add a clickable image banner to Thesis. And it is… if we go to the backside, you can see that it is WordPress 2.9 and if we move over to Thesis Options, you can see we’re using Thesis 1.6.

So a fair bit of upgrading has to be done here. The first thing we’re going to do is we are going to back up our website here. Now, we’re going to use EZ Backup which is one that I’ve shown people how to use. I don’t have it configured yet so I’m going to go ahead and just configure that very quickly right here. If you don’t know how to configure this, go ahead and watch the video on how to do this.

Okay so the backup, the database we’re backing up is this and the name to give the backup is going to be upgrade backup. We’ll go ahead and back it up to there. We’re not going to send an email alert or backup email attachment. The server address is local host. The username is this and the… MySQL password is…

Okay so now let’s go ahead and properly configure this… let’s go ahead and run the backup. Okay, create the backup. Okay and so now we’ve done a… we have a complete backup that’s been verified so we can close the window here. And then just in case we want to double check that, what we’ll do is we’ll come over to our C Panel for this site and I’m going to go to php myAdmin. And it was the word 3 database and I’m going to go ahead and export that database. We’re going to export as gzipped, I guess and we’re going to say go. And now a copy of the database for that has been downloaded to my computer.

So in the unlikely event that something happens, we now have complete backup and can go back to our original condition.

So the next thing to do then will be to disable all of our plugins. And so, we’re just going to take them all and disable them or deactivate them. Okay now that they are deactivated, we are going to upgrade WordPress.

And so, now we can now select update now. In response to… so we’re going to go ahead and select upgrade automatically. This is a pretty big upgrade so there is always the chance that there’s going to be some kind of failure here. But it says, “WordPress is upgraded successfully.” So now let’s go ahead and go back to our plugins and let’s activate our plugins slowly but surely. See if it still comes across right. Yeah, it does.

Okay and so we can go ahead and activate the rest of these plugins if we choose. And then what I’m going to do is update Thesis. So we’ll go to Appearance and Themes, and we’ll install themes and we’ll upload. Choose the file… I’ve got it in my computer here under Downloads, I believe. So let’s see, Thesis 1.8 is in here someplace. Thesis 1.8 zip, we’ll open that up. Install it now. We’ll activate it.

Okay and so we can go ahead and check out our site one more time. That’s still looking like it should. And we have now successfully upgraded to WordPress 3.1 and Thesis versions 1.8 without any hitch whatsoever. And hopefully, that’s the way all of your upgrades will go but if it didn’t go right then you have a couple of different solutions for restoring your original website. And if you look around the website, you’ll see that I do have instructions or other tutorials on how to restore your site from EZ Backup and how to restore your site from a database backup.

So anyway, that’s it.

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