More stuff documented so I don’t forget it. Also, this is my manual upgrade process for WordPress. In this case, I’m going from 2.5 to 2.8.
Backup my hacked akismet. I modified it to write a logfile, so I’ll put the old version back in after the upgrade. One of these days I’ll hack up a newer version.
Back up the database for the target site:
mysqldump –add-drop-table -h localhost -u username -p feorlen_org > /my/backup/location/28jun09backup.feorlen_org.sql
Back up everything on the site, just because. (Instead of only the WordPress directory.)
Disable plug-ins from the admin interface.
Copy the install package to the top level directory. Copy to a safe location wp-config.php. Delete the following:
the contents of my wordpress directory
(I have no cache or widgets directories this time.)
Restore the saved wp-config.php.
Temporarily rename my custom named directory to “wordpress” and untar the archive over it. Then put it back. (Because I’m lazy.)
Go to the admin page and follow the directions. Replace new akismet with my old hacked one. Delete that crazy Dolly thing. Re-enable plugins.