I just completed a mandatory update of WordPress to version 3.9.2 as required by my web hosting provider, and so far everything seems to be working fine. Since there are so many potential things that can go wrong with these updates, the WordPress website has about a gazillion pages of warnings and precautions about backing up files, databases, plug-ins, etc.; enough technical stuff to make you want to throw your hands up and scream.
Since I’m a risk-taker by nature and I’ve rebuilt my website and blogs many times over through the years, I decided that I wasn’t too worried about it if it did crash during the update, so I did the minimum and downloaded an automatic back-up plug-in that would supposedly allow me to restore the site if the worse happened. Then I just went ahead and pushed the “update” button and held my breath. A few minutes later, I logged into my dashboard using my other computer, and saw that it had a whole new look and feel, but thankfully, the parts of my site visible to readers did not. So, as far as I can tell, the update was painless and trouble free. I haven’t gone through every post and manually checked every link, but the random ones I have checked seemed to still look okay and the links seem to be working. If you do find anything broken, please shoot me an email to let me know. This post is also sort of a test to make sure new posts appear as I expect them to.
I’m about to set up some new pages here on the site, and will also be including a opt-in email newsletter to keep readers updated on my next book releases beyond Refuge. More on that soon.