A few days ago WordPress 3.8 was announced. My host doesn’t immediately start to spam me with mails telling me that the upgrade is available, but since I was using WordPress 3.7 before each time I logged in to the back-end of my blog I was told that WordPress had an update.
So I decided to take the plunge, and upgrade to WordPress 3.8
Things didn’t go quite according to plan. The first time I tried the upgrade it seemed to hang at the ‘unpacking files’ stage.
The second time it didn’t seem to get any further really and didn’t switch the site in to maintenance mode.
Yesterday I decided to try again, and this time I was going to do it ‘no matter what’! So I backed up my WordPress database, and copied *everything* from my host to my local computer (made possible by BT Infinity with Fibre to the Premises which was finished last week).
This time the upgrade *did* put the site in to maintenance mode but seemed to hang at the stage of ‘copying files’. Needless to say I was a little bit ‘surprised’ when I tried to get back in to the admin interface after 10 minutes of waiting to discover that the maintenance mode also affects that!
In the end I dropped back and used the steps in this article: Upgrading WordPress. The steps were very simple and straight forward and really the whole thing then only took me about 10 minutes total.