When To Update WordPress Immediately, and When Not To
A couple of weeks ago a major version of WordPress was released: WordPress 3.0. As usual, WordPress users were divided in two camps: those who went ahead and update dimmediately, and those who didn’t.
I saw many comments in the announcement post as well, from people who were in doubt regarding what they should do. That is why I decided to write a post sharing what I do in those cases.
My personal policy is: if it is a minor update (e.g., from version 2.9.1 to version 2.9.2), I upgrade immediately, because usually there are not many bugs on these releases, and they also fix security aspects, so updating as fast as possible is recommended.
If it is a major update (e.g., from version 2.9.2 to version 3.0), though, I prefer to wait for a couple of weeks, and see what will be the reaction of users who updated immediately. If everything seems to be working fine, I then go ahead and update myself.
Lately I am finding that even major updates come out very polished though (i.e., the WordPress folks are doing a good job hunting all the bugs before releases). This means that perhaps waiting to update is not a big deal anymore.
But I wanted to hear what you guys do. Do you always update right away? Do you wait? Have you ever had trouble one way or the other?
40 Responses to “When To Update WordPress Immediately, and When Not To”
Steve @ 2008 Taxes
The biggest problem I had with the 3.0 release was some plug-ins thought they were compatible but after a day found out from many users that they weren’t compatible. And then release two more versions that didn’t work right before finally getting it all together.
I wish I hadn’t upgraded to WP 3.0 right away – it broke a lot of things on my blog. I figured it had been “beta tested” for a long time so it must be safe! WRONG! I won’t try that again…
It’s always a good idea to wait with Major updates, personally I do it aswell.
I fell into the vBulletin trap and updated straight away and my forum was littered with bugs and all sorts.
It was a huge mistake.
Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog
Well, I am going to show my stupidity here… I haven’t updated because
1. I don’t know how
2. I don’t understand what the update it
3. I am terrified of messing up and deleting my blog
So, there. ROTFL! One day (when I have time) I will figure outn how or find someone who will do it for me
I updated to 3.0 and have had no issues thus far.
Like the OP stated, I normally would have waited to see what the general reaction was from the public, but in this case I upgraded immediately, which turned out to be painless. I was too eager to implement the new menu system on my blog.
The highly customized basic2col theme I was using would no longer render in WordPress 3.0 and displayed a PHP error, so I switched to TwentyTen and threw in some quick CSS customizations. Also, the WP-Syntax plugin didn’t seem to work properly, so I switched to using basic pre tags until I discovered SyntaxHighlighter Evolved about a week later. After working through these hiccups my site was back online in about 15 minutes.
My blog is rather new and I try to keep it simple with the plugins by writing my own functions when necessary, so I wouldn’t recommend a compulsive upgrade for everyone, especially those who are using many customizations.
I’m happy to see such a stable release from a dev team.
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