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Update on WordPress 2.8 Upgrade

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009

A few days ago I wrote about the problem I had upgrading one of my blogs to the new WordPress 2.8, and how things weren’t looking good at all.

Well, y’all know me, and so you know I couldn’t just let that sit and not do anything about it. So, I went to Google and started my research. What I came across was that WordPress 2.8 may not be compatible with some plugins. I had deactivated all my plugins when I updated my finance blog, Top Finance Blog, which I had to do manually because the automatic upgrade doesn’t work for some reason, and when it was finally working of course I had the initial issue I talked about last time, and my dashboard didn’t look right.

What I decided to do was go in and deactivate all my plugins, just to see what came up. Lo and behold, my dashboard was suddenly there, vibrant as anything. This meant it was time to add each plugin back individually to see which one was causing me grief. I did this, and it turns out I had four plugins giving me grief:

* WP Threaded Comments
* Subscribe To Comments
* Backup WordPress
* Tweet My Blog

I don’t know why ‘Subscribe’ and ‘Tweet’ aren’t working yet, but I do know about the other two. It seems that WP 2.8 added a threaded comments to its default theme, and therefore you don’t need a separate plugin for that anymore. I went into the Discussion panel and saw it there, selected it, and went to see how it looked. I saw that it had the threaded comments set up, but there wasn’t a ‘reply’ link to reply to a certain comment.

I knew I still had a problem, so I went to research it again, and came to this post on a blog called I’d Rather Be Writing titled WordPress’s Threaded Comments. It seems that because WP changed its default theme, and most of our present themes don’t have provisions set up in them already for threaded comments, because of age, that you have to do some coding and file changes to get things working and looking correct again. I did them, and now my comments is working great on that blog. This is dicey stuff, though, so if you don’t have the confidence in yourself, find someone who does.

Of course, things are what they are, so after I made all those changes, something happened to my dashboard again. So I went through each plugin in once more, and this time the Broken Link Checker has to be added to plugins that won’t work with WP 2.8. I actually like that one a lot, so I’ll be doing further research on that one, as well as the others, to see if I can figure out what the deal is. This means more will be coming at some point, but at least now I’m happy with what I’m seeing on my other blog’s dashboard.

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Who said that technology makes life easier?

Well, I guess the telephone, printer, and pager had problems when they were first developed, so WordPress 2.8 fits the category.

There are some updates I won’t adopt quickly. Your problem proves why, but I’m glad that you found a solution even if things are not yet 100 percent.
.-= Shirley @ Solo Business Marketing´s last blog ..How Do You Keep Your Marketing Engine Running? =-.

June 19th, 2009 | 1:32 PM

You’re right, Shirley, technology can be a wonderful thing, but it can also kick our behinds. Still, as you said, it’s great when there are folks out there who help us fix our technology when we need it.

Thanks for the retweet also.

June 19th, 2009 | 1:38 PM

That’s why I didn’t have a problem. I deactivated threaded comments ages ago as my them was compatible with wp’s threaded comments. As to
* Subscribe To Comments
* Backup WordPress
* Tweet My Blog
I’m still running all those plugins as well as the broken link checker with no problems at all.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Making The Move From Cable To Satellite TV =-.

June 19th, 2009 | 10:17 PM

I don’t know why it’s messing with me then, Sire, but it is, and I’m irked about it somewhat. But no matter; at least the dashboard is working once again.

June 20th, 2009 | 12:13 AM

Maybe it has something to do with where you are. You know, perhaps it has a preference for Aussies 😉

June 20th, 2009 | 12:22 AM

Maybe it has something to do with where you are. You know, perhaps it has a preference for Aussies 😉
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Digital Photos Make Great Gifts From Post Cards To Calendars =-.

June 20th, 2009 | 12:23 AM

Could be; you guys need some help after all. lol

June 20th, 2009 | 12:26 AM

That’s because we deserve a break every now and again.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..FlexSqueeze And The Total Screen Recorder =-.

June 20th, 2009 | 12:41 AM

Heck, your “winter” doesn’t really get all that cold and you want a break; wimps! 🙂

June 20th, 2009 | 1:11 AM

Now why did have to go and bring the weather into it Mitch? lol
.-= Sire´s last blog ..My Passionate Encounter. It’s Not All About Sex =-.

June 20th, 2009 | 1:15 AM

I guess weather is my last line of defense, Sire. 🙂

June 20th, 2009 | 8:01 AM
Deneil Merritt:

I think going through all of that help you learn a bit of coding. Changing things on my blog always help me learn more and more coding.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..Are You Afraid To Be Famous? =-.

June 20th, 2009 | 8:10 AM

I do learn some things, Deneil, but truthfully, I at least log everything so that, if I have other problems, I’ll know where to find the answers.

June 20th, 2009 | 6:46 PM
Deneil Merritt:

That make sense. I should start doing that when I play around with the code. Saves a lot of time.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..Friendfeed Subcribers Added To Feedburner Subscribers Count =-.

June 21st, 2009 | 7:39 AM

And it gives you more stuff to write about. 🙂

June 21st, 2009 | 7:41 AM
Deneil Merritt:

That’s always a plus.

June 21st, 2009 | 12:34 PM

Backup wordpress is a great feature. I gotta admit that for once not doing everything manualy will be a huge relief.
.-= Tipsy´s last blog ..Pazurki od Eweliny =-.

June 22nd, 2009 | 7:28 AM

Hi Tipsy. I can’t find it; can you tell me where it is on 2.8?

June 22nd, 2009 | 10:41 AM
Deneil Merritt:

Try the export in the tools section but to have it auto backup. You will have to use a plugin if I am not mistaken.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..Flashback Monday – Recap Of Last Week Posts, Blog Updates, Resources, & Latest News =-.

June 22nd, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Nope; I looked in the tools and I don’t see it. I do see where I can export, so I’m assuming that means manually giving me information that I can download, but no option for doing anything automatically. And, as I wrote, the backup plugin I had won’t work with 2.8. I understand they’re already working on 2.8.1 because of a high number of bugs in 2.8; I think I’m going to wait for that before I even think of doing anything with my other two blogs, which includes this one.

June 22nd, 2009 | 11:09 AM
Deneil Merritt:

Sounds like a plan to me.
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..Flashback Monday – Recap Of Last Week Posts, Blog Updates, Resources, & Latest News =-.

June 22nd, 2009 | 12:36 PM