On Saturday, March 29, 2008, WordPress 2.5 was released. So when I saw the little notification alert on my dashboard informing me that “your version of WordPress is out of date” and that I needed to upgrade to the latest version I said, “sonofabitch”. Upgrading in the past has been a real pain in the ass, but after doing a little searching what did I find but the awesome WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin
I uploaded it to the plugins directory, and with a certain amount of skepticism activated it. I chose to not use the purely automatic option and instead decided to upgrade manually (‘cos that’s how I roll) and upgraded the site (complete with all the recommended backups etc.) effortlessly.
It totally kicked ass. Here’s a picture of me celebrating:
(ok not really that pic was taken awhile ago, but you gotta admit it’s funny. Especially the stupid look on my face).
And now to change the subject, I’ve occasionally thought about the Slashdot and Digg Effect and how it would affect my site if I ever got Slashdotted or Dugg (duh, I just figured my server would crash like Evel Knievel jumping the grand canyon), but now I may be able to withstand it thanks to these plugins: WP-Cache (which caches your pages) and Coralize (which redirects all or some of your page and site contents to the Coral Content Distribution Network. (
Note: The coralize plugin appears to be temporarily unavailable, so no success with installing it yet). UPDATE 4-10-2008: I was able to get, upload and activate the Coralize plugin, so I think I’m protected. I have a minor question I asked the creator of the plugin a few minutes ago (Dave Grijalva – his blog is The Blog that Noone Reads), but aside from that it appears to be working. So thanks Dave!
So we’ll see if they work on the off chance it ever happens, I guess there isn’t really any way to check something like that until it actually happens…