I’ve been meaning to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress for a while now, and now that I did it, I’m impressed. During my hiatus from blogging while I focused on school, the WordPress developers were busily adding features and improving the code. Nice work guys! I also updated my dashboard replacement so it works with 2.0.x in case anyone wants to use it.
Comment spam continues to pour in at a rate of around 40 a day, but with the Akismet plugin it’s almost fun to see them waste their time trying to get spam on my site and being able to delete it all with the click of a single button. The new look of the administrative interface makes it feel like I’m using a whole new blogging application.
If there are any issues you notice as a result of the upgrade, please let me know. The only thing I’m aware of is that the plugin I was using to create a Google Sitemap was causing the web server to return a blank page whenever I saved a post. I’ve disabled it until I can find a solution to that problem. If anyone is aware of a plugin that works with the latest release of WordPress or of a fix to get the old version working, I’d love to hear about it.
Now that the administrative items are out of the way, I plan to return to a more frequent blogging schedule. I’m still fine tuning my daily schedule now, so we’ll see how it goes. I have a stockpile of over 50 drafts that I can draw on, so that should help.
I haven’t been reading any blogs for the past 8 or 9 months in addition to not posting, so I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s good to be back.
I’ve been meaning to upgrade my blog to WordPress 2.0 for awhile now. I just haven’t found the right day + I’m a little bit scared of the process. At the same time I’m aware of how much better the latest version must be.
The upgrade from 1.5 was relatively painless and the only glitches were due to plugins. I’d estimate it took around 30 minutes to do the main upgrade and get things working.
I was wondering when you were going to start blogging again. Welcome back. :)
Welcome back, Dan! And I’m glad you like 2.0 — I upgraded all of my sites a few weeks ago, and I’m in love with it!
Since you’ve missed a lot, I thought I’d bring you up to speed on things:
. Man landed on the Moon
. Those big metal things in the air; they’re called airplanes
. You got married
. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and then got thrown in jail
. The Internet is on computers now
. ’24’ is the cure for boredom and mediocrity
Levi: Thanks. It took a little longer than I planned.
David: No kidding. I think the Akismet deserves special kudos. It has only missed a few comment spams, but has caught the rest (over 250 since Sunday night).
Cameron: Good one. And I like how you snuck in the ‘You got married bit.’ Very humorous indeed.
It’s great to have you back! What plugin were you using to create a Google Sitemap?
I was using Arne Brachhold’s Google Sitemaps plugin (version 2.7.1). I saw that he had a 3.0 beta version but from the comments I read that hasn’t solved the problem yet.
I just tried 3.0 beta and it had the exact same problem. I applied the patch he mentions in the FAQ but it didn’t change the outcome. I don’t think 1130 posts is all that many. Maybe I’ll have to delve into the code and see what can be optimized.
I found a suggestion to alter the allowed memory usage for PHP in php.ini and that did the trick. I’d prefer not to have to do that, but at least it works now.