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Taking the Plunge – WordPress 3.0 Upgrade with Cpanel Backup.

There is always a risk involved in any upgrades, any of the following possibilities could happen:

1)      WordPress doesn’t successfully complete the upgrade of the new files (maybe because of file permission issues) and corrupts your current Word Press install.

2)      WordPress doesn’t successfully complete the upgrade any database changes and corrupts your Word Press install.

3)      Upgrade to the new version of WordPress was successful, but due to plug-in conflicts your WordPress install is broken.

But there is also a risk involved when you walk outside of your house. So how do we manage the risk? The answer is simple, do a backup.

Before installing any update, WordPress recommends that you go read and apply tips from the Article “WordPress Backups”[http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Backups] from the Codex, which gives a great list of resources of how to backup using multiple tools. But one of the methods that they left out was using the Cpanel backup that is built into most shared hosting services these days. This tutorial is going to cover how to do it.

The main reason for using the Cpanel Backup wizard is that it quickly allows you to restore the backup without needing to know anything technical. Just a simple follow the steps in the Backup Restore wizard.

Backing up your WordPress install with Cpanel:

Time to complete: About 20 minutes (depending on how quick your internet connection is/size of your blog).

Skill Level: Easy.

1). Login to your webhosts Cpanel and find the “Backup Wizard” Icon.

Step 1 - Cpanel Backup

2). Select Backup under Backup and Restore.

Step 2 - Cpanel Backup Wizard

3). As tempting as it may be to click on full backup for our purposes today we need to click on “Home Directory” under the Partial Backup (this allows the backup to be restored under Cpanel if required).

Step 3 - Cpanel Partial Backup - Not a full backup!

4) Click on the Home Directory button to download the backup. – The size of this will depend on how big your blog is/how much storage that you are using with your hosting account.

Step 4 - Cpanel Home Directory Backup

5) Once the download is complete, click on Go Back, so you are presented with the screen from step 3, then click on MySQL Databases.

6) Download the Database that corresponds to your WordPress install. This screen shot shows that I have 2 databases. One is for a Joomla install and one is for WordPress, since they were automatically installed in the Cpanel they have generic names such as “sample_wrdp1” which makes it easy to do this.

Step 5 - Cpanel Database

7) Once you have everything downloaded, log into your WordPress Admin. Along the top there should be an alert that WordPress 3.x.x is available! Please update now. Click to update.

Step 7 - WordPress Admin with an Update Alert

8) WordPress then asks if you want to update automatically (easy option) or download the update to upload later (harder, but works on more hosts). I chose to update automatically.

9) WordPress will then perform the update and let you know when it’s finished.

Step 9 - The Upgrade Process

10) The first thing I noticed after the update was a new fresh Admin Theme.

Step 10 WPAdmin Fresh Upgrade Screen with new Admin Theme

11) Now check out your blog to make sure things are still working, also check to see if your plugins are working or if any need updates.

Photo: Thanks to zephyrance via Flickr

VentraIP 1 Day Webhosting Sale

VentraIP is an Australian based web host that look after their own servers and their customers.

Today only they have a 75% selected shared hosting and reseller hosting plans.

It’s time to rally the troops and help us rescue all of the stranded people who are not happy with their current web hosting providers as we go commando and launch an all-out 48-hour assault against bad service.

If you know of anyone who may be in this position (it may even be you), you can throw them a lifeline by letting them know that they do have a choice, and that they can have all of the following and more:

  • Our famous market-leading customer service
  • Access to all of the features in VIPControl which they won’t find anywhere else in the world
  • Low cost, high quality cPanel web hosting services hosted from Melbourne, Sydney or Los Angeles
  • A range of additional services such as AtMail 6 Premium Webmail, Secondary MX Hosting and more (free on all Business plans, or for a small additional fee on Economy or Reseller plans).

And if that isn’t enough to get them over, how does a MASSIVE 75% off their first invoice (on selected plans) sound?

This offer will be available only between 0:01 AEST Wednesday June 16 through to 23:59 AEST Thursday June 17.
(Extract from [VentraIP Forums ])

More information at the [VentraIP Forums ]

We have personally used VentraIP for a number of our customers and found that they provide a great service, and also have great service when things go funny.

I took the opportunity today to order another account for a new project that I will be working on in the coming months.

Have you got a favourite host? Or have you used VentraIP? Let us know in the comments section.