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Without even thinking twice about doing the upgrade as I’d already updated the rest of my blogs, I updated Affiliate Blogger PRO to WordPress 3.0 just recently.
Things started to go awry almost immediately, although I wasn’t aware of the problems until some members started mentioning ‘weird happenings’ around the site the following day.
When I looked deeper I found that:
- The graphics weren’t showing on the site and many of them were actually missing from the wp-content folder to which they were originally uploaded.
- I was no longer ‘admin’. No, our last member to join had replaced me as the author of most of the articles and posts on the blog, as well as in the community forum.
- I discovered later that he indeed was the last member to join, because that functionality had been trashed.
- Then none of the tutorial lists were showing because the Exec-Php plugin wasn’t working.
Oh, but then it got worse.
The site didn’t show up at all last night AND I couldn’t get into the Administration interface.
So, after 4 days of tweaking and fixing and replacing images, I finally got around to asking for help.
First, I contacted the fellow who manages my servers, Steve Hetrick. He established the problem as a plugin conflict, and brought the site back up, without any of the plugins activated.
Next, it was my job to figure out which plugin was the culprit.
To do that, I had to activate each and see whether that brought the site down.
And voila…. the culprit was found at last when I activated the Wishlist Membership software, so, off I trundled to their support forum.
And sure enough, others were experiencing the same issues with the software.
And then I looked at the developer’s site, which uses the same software. THEY hadn’t upgraded yet to WordPress 3.0.
(BTW, the image insertion is still not working. The picture of Wishlist Member Support Desk without the upgrade is located at http://members.affiliatebloggerpro.com/images/wishlist-member-Wordpress-3.jpg but even that will not call up at the moment.)
So, the lesson is… If you have software that is CRITICAL to your site’s functionality and it is a WordPress plugin, do NOT upgrade to the latest version of WordPress until you confirm with the developer that they have tested the compatibility of their software with the latest release of WordPress.
P.S. This post is not intended to deride the Wishlist Member software, (the plugin in question) it is an excellent product and I know they’ll get the issues sorted out as soon as they can.