WordPress 2.8 upgrade – beware SVN!

Just had a rather nasty experience trying to upgrade to WP 2.8 using svn switch to move to the 2.8 tag – it resulted in the whole thing going pear shaped during the upgrade process and complaining about:

Fatal error: Class ‘WP_Widget’ not found in $wordpress/wp-includes/default-widgets.php on line 15

Turns out that the files in SVN don’t match what’s in the 2.8 tarball, and the 2.8 tag in SVN doesn’t work. The fix was to rsync the files from the tarball over SVN. Very very weird (and the first time I’ve had such problems!).

Normal Service Resumed

An unfortunate clash between some old .htaccess rules for the WPG2 plugin and WordPress resulted in all subpages of this blog being unavailable for over a day! :-(

It’s fixed now, but apologies for the inconvenience..

Google AdSense adverts activated

Well, I asked for feedback on putting adverts on the previously and got all positive responses, so I’ve now activated Google AdSense text-only adverts using the excellent no-adverts-for-friends WordPress plugin.

So, if you don’t like adverts, just leave an appropriate comment somewhere and you won’t see them. Either that or use Firefox and the great Adblock Plus plugin!

If for some reason you want to see adverts after leaving a comment I’m afraid you’ll need to go and delete any cookies for www.csamuel.org from your browser first.

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5-RC1 (Updated)

Well I’ve just completed an amazingly painless upgrade to the first release candidate ofWordPress 2.5, the only thing that caught me out was an old functions.php file left over from a previous release that caused a PHP5 error about redefining a function!

There’s bound to be some hidden breakage that I’ve not yet spotted, so leave a comment (if you can) or drop me an email as chris (at-the-domain) csamuel.org with the details please.

Update: After a few days of playing around with it I’ve got to say I like it the new admin interface. I’m finding it much easier to navigate and compared to the other WP 2.3 sites I admin the dashboard seems a lot less cluttered and that ever-so-subjective word, “clean”.

The only niggle I’ve got so far is that now in the widgets view you can only see the one column of widgets at a time, so if you’re using a 3 column theme (as the current one here is) you can no longer move a widget directly from one column to another. But I can live with that.