Keeping your website or blog updated is very important. Updates bring with them new features, less bugs and most important, better security. WordPress ( since 2.7 ) allows you to automatically update to the latest version. But sometimes this method fails. Did that happened to you? Don’t panic. Manually update to the rescue.
Before you get started you may want to back up you files and the database, just in case something goes wrong. Now follow 9 easy steps:
- Get the latest version of WordPress ( latest is WordPress 3.3.1 ) from http://www.wordpress.org/download/
- Unpack the downloaded files ( zip or tar.gz )
- Login to your admin panel and disable all the plugins
- Using a FTP client connect to your site and delete the folders wp-includes and wp-admin. Don’t worry about you plugins and themes because they are safe in the wp-content folder.
- Now, upload from the downloaded pack, the folders wp-includes and wp-admin and copy them to your site. Yep…you just replaced the core of your site with the new version.
- Open the wp-content folder from the downloaded pack, select all files and folders and upload them to the wp-content folder from the server. If asked (and you will be), approve the overwriting. Now you just updated the default plugins and themes that come with wordpress ( askimet, hello dolly, etc ).
- From the downloaded folder select all files from the root ( just the FILES and not the FOLDERS ), and upload them to the root of your site. Again, hit overwrite. Don’t worry the wp-config.php file is safe, it will not be replaced. Be careful, and don’t delete any of the files from the root, just overwrite the files when prompted.
- Login ( again ) to your admin. If the update you just did needs also a database update, WordPress will know that and it will guide you to a page named upgrade.php. Just follow the instructions and you are done.
- Now you can activate your plugins, and enjoy the new version’s features. I suggest activating the plugins one by one, just to be sure that they are still working. Updates to WordPress can make some plugins unstable or even break them. If any of your plugin stoped working, see if there is, also, a update to that plugin.
Additional steps you may consider:
- if you are using a cache system, it’s a good time to clear your cache
- if you tried an automatic update that failed, remove the .maintenance file from your site root.
Have you ever needed to find quicker the post from a special category in that long list of posts? If the answer is “yes”, then this plugin will help you a lot.
You can set a color for every category so then you can see every post highlighted depending on its parent category. You can set the background or/and the text color.
Using the plugin it is very easy. Just install and activate it ( see Installation ), and then go and edit a category. You will see there the “Category color” fields.
Click on the input and you will have a color picker. Choose a color and it will appear in that input. The background color is used to highlight the post row (in the posts list), and the text is used to change only the color of the text for the posts. You can set the background or the text color or both. When you are done save the category and go to the list of posts.
Now every post from the edited category should be highlighted.
If you wish to go back to the standard WordPress color, just edit the category again and leave the inputs for background and/or text empty.
This plugin requires at least: WordPress 3.0 and it is tested up to WordPress 3.3.1
Download: Admin posts color organizer (1869)
Easy post subtitle is a simple WordPress plugin that adds an input field to the post edit section, similar to the title field, so that you can add to the post, beside the classic title, a subtitle which can then be shown on the site anywhere in the post (before the title, after it, etc. ).
Requires WordPress 3.0 and PHP 5. Tested up to: WordPress 3.3.2
Plugin price: $2
- Enter WP admin
- Edit or add a post
- Fill the “Subtitle” field with the desired content
- Press Publish
Now the post has a subtitle. For displaying it on the public side you just have to insert the following code in the post file ( from the used template ):
<?php echo the_subtitle(); ?>
Note that this code has to be inserted only once in the desired place, and then you can add different posts subtitle as you wish without other intervention in the code.
Extra category content is a simple plugin that adds a rich text editor to every category of your wordpress site, that gives you the opportunity to create a special description for the category, different from the default category description.
You can also add any HTML code to the description, so you can include an image, a table or a specially formatted text.
This plugin is useful if you want, for example, to add a general description or an image before the listing of the post from a category.
Requires WordPress 3.0 and PHP 5. Tested up to WordPress 3.3.1