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Will updating to latest version WP ruin my existing themes?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by SuperNoobInc, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    Will updating to latest version WP ruin my existing themes?
    I have done some research on G, and got mixed results. I know it also depends on the 'theme' itself, but what are the chances of it screwing up after the update.

    Otherwise, what can I do to keep things safe? How to backup everything before updating?
     
  2. rco85

    rco85 Registered Member

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    Is it worth to open new topic just to ask a simple question ?
    Why dont you back up you databases and Files then test by yourself ?
     
  3. mkstromin

    mkstromin Power Member

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    I have updated 7 websites today...no screw ups...

    If afraid...just backup...before updating WP they tell u on that page "maybe you should back up your files"...so just take their advice!
     
  4. Crewchief007

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    My best advice!!! Set up at least two test domains.

    I have a number of domains that I use SOLELY as test sites. I use them to test WP Plugins, WP themes, WP updates as well as test various other platforms, scripts, software applications and tactics. I also use them to check for maleware, injections and such.

    I NEVER do auto upgrades on anything dealing with WP; I always check first to see if others are having issues. If I cannot detect anyone writing about issues, then I will do the upgrade on one of my dummy test domains first before I make the install on one of my actual websites.
     
  5. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    Why you bother replying if your intention is leave a comment like this? Is it worth it?
     
  6. RMX

    RMX Power Member

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    The only time a WP update ruined my theme, was when I was using the default (2010 or 2011) theme. The update did overwrite on the my custom header image, but that was it.
     
  7. SuperNoobInc

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    Thanks for the input.

    I am wondering whats the best and easiest way to backup and test?
    Just did some quick research on backupbuddy. Does it work well?

    Or is backing up as easy as moving files from FTP to computer etc.

    EDIT: I did further research and read about 'full cpanel backup' - what you guys think of that?
     
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  8. RMX

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    Just Wordpress files and your database. Full cpanel backup is going to be a long procedure if you have many websites. Just use phpMyAdmin to get a database backup and FTP to get a local copy of your files.
     
  9. istart

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    In my experience a wp obese can destroy your plugins, but the theme is usually safe. Especially I've thus is a whole version upgrade I'd make a duplicate and test it first. Wp has instructions on how to backup up before an upgrade on their upgrade page.

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  10. dvdgangster

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    The short answer is that it can, do you really need an update? I always keep and local version of my sites to check updates on
     
  11. SuperNoobInc

    SuperNoobInc Regular Member

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    I was never a fan of updating lol (i know.. it sucks)
    But I read more and more about people hacking WP these days. Thats how it changed my mind about this a little.
     
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    I just had a 2.x site hacked. And an early 3.x hack too. the 3.x was due to a hole in a plugin, but the 2.x was pure wordpress.

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