Today WordPress announced the launch of its latest version: 2.8.1. The WeFixWP team couldn’t be more happy!

While we have had the pleasure of helping a bunch of new clients who blindly pressed that “Update to 2.8” button, many people were often caught unaware of what an automatic upgrade can do to production blogs.

We would love to think that bloggers would take the time to back up their existing configuration before taking the plunge, but alas they usually just take that leap of faith.

We applaud Matt Mullengweg and his team to create such an easy to use platform, but we have found that 2.8, in particular, had a lot of issues and conflicts:

  • Blank screens of death
  • Missing WYSIWYG editors
  • Conflicting plugins
  • PHP errors
  • and more

We want to caution everyone to have a plan for “what if something goes wrong.”  We recommend learning how to clone your blog and test the updates on a development server before launching live.  Don’t know how or don’t want to know how? Get someone to help you before pressing that button.

We look forward to putting 2.8.1 through its paces.  We think this latest release will be a “must install.”