I have said it before and will say it again the road to hell is truly paved with good intentions. Tuesday night, I got a message on my WordPress Dashboard (for those that don’t blog this is the place where all the magic happens so to speak for what you see on my actual blog) that a WordPress update had to be installed going version 3.4.2 to 3.5.
I was a bit hesitant to actually do this, because the last time I did a major WordPress update to just my theme alone, I ended up having a bigger mess on my hands that took me all day to fix (if you don’t remember it, read it here). So needless to say I asked around a bit and was told it would be fine just hit the update button. I was still feeling nervous, but did hit that update button. What ensued after was nothing short of a royal pain in the ass!!The Dreaded Update Button That I Don’t Want to See Anytime Soon Again…
I am not one to curse on here, but have to be honest and tell you no other words describe the pure hell I went through from Tuesday night until late afternoon Wednesday. By the way, I was saying worse while going through it, but am refraining myself for the general public!
After the notorious WordPress update, I found I had all sorts of issues from my stat sites not working at all, which is not a horrible offense, except I can’t help, but like to check them from time to time during the day (Ok maybe I am a bit obsessed here!).
Even worse was that I couldn’t pre-schedule posts. I admit that I write my posts beforehand , usually the afternoon or night before. The pre-schedule also was a godsend before Hurricane Sandy (granted we are not expecting an epic storm again anytime in the near future, but still). I also couldn’t upload photos and or include hyperlinks in my posts (of course for Wednesday’s post I needed both). Just about everything I needed to use or do on my dashboard was a mess and was completely wonky.
I worked on a post all Wednesday afternoon, while my girls napped (hoping that WordPress would indeed put an update out with a fix to the issues mentioned earlier). The post needless to say could not be pre-scheduled.
Once done with the post, I decided to google more on the known issues and if there were any fixes to these bugs. I kept reading people taking about downgrading back to WordPress 3.4.2. I started the process, but I am not a technical person at heart and my first thought was I am going to screw this up and then have an even worse mess on my hands.
So I caved and called my hosting service, which is HostMonster. They were nothing short of amazing. Two technicians worked on my site for over two hours until they got me back to WordPress 3.4.2. The two hours were a bit frustrating and definitely nerve wracking, especially seeing as my kids were no longer napping. I spent a lot of time on hold though and was able to feed my kids and take care of their general needs while on hold.
I will admit that HostMonster was an awesome choice to go with for hosting my site, because their customer service is impeccable. If you are looking to host your own domain site, you really should look into them, trust me for the customer service alone you won’t be sorry. I have a widget in my right sidebar for them, if you are interested.
After all is said and done, my site dashboard is back to working Ok under WordPress 3.4.2 and I will not be updating to 3.5 until I know for sure that the known bugs are taken care of and that I will be able to run my site without any further headaches or aggravation. Just so happy that my site and dashboard are indeed fixed. I guess what they say is true, you live and learn. And for those contemplating hitting that button to update, my only piece of advice is “Don’t!”Thank You Clark!!!
And as a side note, as I was getting ready to hit the publish button on this one (relax this button is good not evil like the other one), I was awarded the Blog of the Year 2012 for the third time. I can hear Kevin saying, “Seriously people stop she is going to get a swelled head and we don’t need that happening around her, because we still need her to get her day job done!” But in all honestly, need to thank Clark from The Wakefield Doctrine (and yes I can thankfully hyperlink again and Virginia there is a Santa Claus, too!), who made my morning that much brighter and at least saner. If you haven’t visited his site, I honestly don’t know what you are waiting for, because his take on the three personalities is classic and leaves the reader always wanting more. Thank you Clark for always being a true friend and supporter, as well as making my mornings more enjoyable with your witty posts.
And now, I am going to wrap this one up with a nice bow or at least shut the up, because I know you all must have had enough of me already (I promise not to tell you anymore of the 7 unknowns about me or pass this on, because I know you are thinking that I have done this too often now). So alas, as I have mentioned my grandfather’s favorite saying for my grandmother when she too could talk off a deaf person’s ear, “Say goodnight Gracie!”
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