According to word on the cyberstreet, WordPress 2.5 is due to be released this Monday.   This comes on the heels of a possible vulnerability found with WordPress 2.3.  So, what do you need to do to prepare for a major WordPress upgrade?

As always, Lorelle has us covered over at Blog Herald with her WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist.   Here are the first two (and probably the most obvious ones):

  1. 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.
  2. Update Themes and Plugins: The Migrating Plugins and Themes offers tips on updating your Plugin or Theme for the latest version of WordPress.

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Another thing you might want to do is to treat each major upgrade as a reminder to do spring cleaning on your WordPress blogs.  I remove/intergrate as many plugins as possible, remove extra images I’m no longer using, update my Robots.txt file, and check Google Webmaster Tools to make sure everything is being indexed, etc.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  • http://www.meandmydrum.com Mark

    Kyle, how do you feel about the WordPress upgrade plugin?

  • http://kyleeslick.com Kyle Eslick

    @ Mark – I’m a big fan of the WPAU plugin by Keith (review found here), but I also have heard great things about the One-click Upgrade plugin.

    It really depends on your preferences. Some people prefer manual upgrades so they have full control, or they feel the need to because they have altered certain behaviors.

    If you don’t mind having the extra plugin installed, though, then I definitely recommend one of the two mentioned above!