I have no idea what someone visiting my website this afternoon might have seen.
I needed to upgrade WordPress. When WordPress 2.8 dropped, I uploaded the files, and found my Dashboard (that’s the admin panels I see when I blog) completely trashed. WordPress 2.8, in its initial release, was a total freaking memory hog, and it required more memory than my server was willing to give it.
I bit a bullet. I downgraded back to 2.7.2, and I decided I could wait until the clear problems with WordPress’ memory bloat — and let’s be blunt, it is memory bloat — were sorted.
2.8.1 came and went. So did 2.8.2 and 2.8.3. And then 2.8.4 came out, and it was absolutely urgent, hair on fire urgent for anyone on a previous version of WordPress to upgrade. Security flaw of some sort.
But was the memory issue dealt with? I had no idea. I couldn’t find out.
So I waited. I searched hither and thither on the ‘net. I couldn’t find an answer. Mostly because the problem of memory bloat wasn’t seen as a problem — a solution was offered, but it wasn’t a solution, per se. It was a workaround. (Allocate more memory to WordPress. That’s not a solution.)
Finally, I said, I’m going to upgrade. I knew that 2.8.x worked on my server, even if the Dashboard was fucked. And then I could ask my host to increase my memory allocation. That seemed like a plan.
I deactivated my plugins. I turned WordPress back over to that wonderfully awful WordPress design, Kubrick. I hate Kubrick. It’s worse than Moveable Type’s default style, Vicksburg.
Of course, it take for-fucking-ever to upload WordPress core files. And my server decided to disallow an FTP connection about midway through. Joy.
Files were uploaded, I logged into WordPress and upgraded my database, and…
I had to restart Opera. It refused to let me enter the admin areas; instead, it kept showing me a cached “You must upgrade your database” screen.
Not a big deal. I love Opera.
Except for when Opera fucks up e-mail synchronization. That’s frustrating as hell. Especially because it didn’t use to do that.
In any case…
Much to my surprise, WordPress ran in 16 megabytes. The dashboard wasn’t fucked. I could access everything.
I’m trying out a new theme, Brian Gardner’s Core Blog Theme. It’s pretty plain, but it’s good for a change.
The grungy theme I had for a few weeks? Yeah, it didn’t do it for me. That happens.
I’m upgraded, and things don’t appear to be broken.
That’s a good thing.