Oooh. Look at that. The magical yellow bar has appeared at the top of your WordPress dashboard, with a pretty upgrade button. An upgrade to WordPress 3.3 is available.
You click the pretty upgrade button.
You sit patiently for a couple seconds, literally twiddling your thumbs in anticipation. You get up to make a hot chocolate while the coding faeries are hard at work, delivering magical upgrades to your WordPress experience. You sit back down at your computer, eager to enjoy your chocolaty treat and explore the new WordPress functionality. Then you stare in disbelief at the screen.
This is you for approximately 10 minutes:
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Maybe it was a blue screen of death, or a crashed PowerPoint presentation you were so close to finishing, but hadn’t been saved. (Isn’t it amazing how simple it is to hit Ctrl-S, yet how much we neglect that keystroke?) In my case, last night it was a WordPress upgrade failure.
I Googled the error message and found that other people were having the same exact issue, and apparently I tried upgrading 1/2 hour after WordPress 3.3 was released. Bummer.
The moral of the story is: you should wait to upgrade software that you depend on for your blog or business. Just like you should wait a couple months before getting the newest iPhone. If you wait:
- Bugs will have been fixed.
- If there are conflicting plugins, they will have been discovered.
- There will be resolutions posted in the forums for any issues you may still have.
So when that’s shiny upgrade button appears, do a quick Google search to make sure the latest version has been out for a while, and bug fixes have been applied!