WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” Launches, and How My Site Imploded

UPDATE: Finally, some answers!

. . . .

WORDPRESS 3.5 “ELVIN” has just launched and is available for download.

In honor of legendary Jazz Drummer Elvin Jones, this newest release promises to fully support Retina Displays, has a responsive default theme and sports a brand new Media Manager, making it easier to upload photos, videos, etc.

TechCrunch has a great article that covers this newest release of WordPress.

Earlier today I was excited about WordPress 3.5.

You know how the instructions always tell you to backup your files before upgrading?

Well, confess time. I never do!

How My Site Imploded

Anyway, I upgraded from the Dashboard using the WordPress automatic update feature.

It told me the update was a success, but I started seeing error messages at the top of my site! Not good, as hackers can take that sensitive information and use it to abuse my site.

After adding a support ticket to the creators of my current WordPress Theme and messaging my Webhosting person on Facebook, I continued to try and fix the problem myself, only to seemingly make matters worse. And this went on for another 2 hours, and I felt inadequate for not being able to fix the problem on my own; not good for a guy who thinks of himself as a geek and able to handle this.

Two Hours of Digital Hell

After 2 hours I saw a tweet coming from another webmaster who had the same problem and she simply re-installed the previous version of WordPress.

I did the same and I got my site back to the way it was before this fiasco.

Let me just say that this is actually the very first time I’ve encountered this problem since auto-updating from the dashboard/admin area. So, it was pretty traumatic to have to go through hours of frustration, when I know that typical WordPress updates go smoothly and are done in a matter of seconds!

Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s had problems judging by the amount of tweets from WordPress users having the same problems I faced.

One of my other sites updated without a problem, whatsoever!

I just hope they can weed out the bugs so that I can try again.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.