This blog turned seven years old on December 27. Seven years! That’s 449,345 words in 1,518 posts.

To celebrate, I upgraded to WordPress 2.3.1, and added a plugin that makes my archives appear in a drop-down list. Go me.

15 thoughts on “Seven!

  1. Congrats!

    Your upgrade timing is off though, 2.3.2 is at beta 2 stage and will probably be released this week.

  2. Yeah, but I never upgrade right away. I always give them time to work the bugs and kinks out.

  3. My comment was premature too, 2.3.2 was released moments ago.

    2.3.2 works the bugs and kinks out of 2.3.1 and fixes a couple of security holes, one that can expose your drafts, and I know from one of your recent posts that you have a few of those!

  4. Well, 2.3.1 was supposed to work the bugs and kinks out of 2.3.0. It’s an endless cycle and I refuse to be drawn into it.

    Fortunately, this upgrade was pretty easy, so I’ll probably check back in a month or so and see if 2.3.2 is stable or if there’s a 2.3.3 to fix it.

  5. I doubt there’ll be a 2.3.3 unless something horribly broken is discovered, 2.4 is due out at the end of January…

  6. Lambic, I bit the bullet and upgraded this morning. That should do for a while…

    Merci for the felicitations, all.

  7. “Usually painless?” If only. When I upgraded earlier in the year, it completely wrecked my blog. I couldn’t even get the login page. It ended up taking about two days of phone calls and hashing through support forums to get it working again. (It turned out to be a problem with the version of MySQL my host was using — the latest at the time, but WP had a known problem with that version and didn’t bother posting any warnings about it.)

    There have been other glitches too. But I went ahead and upgraded twice in the last couple of days, despite being nearly bed-ridden with a killer sinus cold.

    Emboldened, I convinced Martine that I should upgrade hers too. Well guess what? I did everything by the book, and I broke her blog. Login worked, all the posts were there, and the template would load, but the posts were missing outside of WP (as in, if you weren’t logged in, you couldn’t see any posts.)

    Fortunately I figured it out pretty quickly. It was due to some unimportant plugin she’s using that isn’t supported beyond 2.0. In fact, it’s known to break blogs that are running 2.1+. So I deactivated the plugin and saved my skin. (Fortunately, the plugin is not needed in order for her blog to work.)

    So here’s the “best practices” tip I learned today: be judicious when using plugins. As in, don’t rely on plugins in order for your blog to function, because you never know when you’re going to have to deactivate them.

  8. When I had my blog I just followed the recipe step by step and it always went off without a hitch. MySQL is critical and you MUST deactivate ALL the plugins. The minor updates I would just blindly drag and drop the folders. But for the big ones I’d go through the whole procedure.

    And yes, reliance on to many plugins can be a problem.

    Anyway things seem to be working good now….

  9. Hey, I recently upgraded as well… what is the plugin for the archives? It looks like something I would like to add.

  10. Mark, the plugin is the AWSOM Archive plugin, found here.

    But there’s another way to do it as well, without using a plugin. Just replace your sidebar archive code as follows:


    <?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly'); ?>


    <select name="archive-dropdown" onChange='document.location.href=this.options[this.selectedIndex].value;'>
    <option value=""><?php echo attribute_escape(__('Select Month')); ?></option>
    <?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly&format=option&show_post_count=1'); ?> </select>

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