If you expect the latest gossip on who’s not talking to whom anymore in bloggerland; this is not what this post is about. I seem to be refreshingly oblivious to this kind of news – they tend to go straight over my head, and I only hear of them when everybody else has already moved on to the next, juicer, more exciting gossip. I am the kind of woman who’d find out the very last that her partner was having an affair right under her nose. I actually once was that woman, but that’s a completely different story. Nope, today’s post is about the perils of using WordPress.

To cut right to the chase: don’t update to 3.04. WordPress will (unsuccessfully) try to do an automatic update and put an error message on your WP dashboard. Just ignore the message. Don’t listen to your update-eager husband*. Don’t change the writing permissions in your cpanel – WP will lock you out to the extent that your blog is just gone (great) and so will be your admin (hurray) and access to the cpanel (yay!).

Even if you have a backup, as in my case, the backup might be corrupt (when it rains it pours), i.e. you’ll have to put everything back in place manually**. Happy New Year!

*thanks, Big M!

**thanks, indeed, Big M!


  1. Yikes! Thanks for the warning, that sounds like a total nightmare.
    Happy New Year 🙂

  2. Oh no, nightmare! Glad you got the blog back! I had problems with my blog in the summer and I kept kicking myself for messing around with it. Welcome back!

  3. simone says

    That sounds terrifying, being on Blogger is the safest place for me – and I even find that complicated!!! I WordPress brings me out in a cold sweat 😉

    So glad you avoided disaster 🙂

    I wish you a very happy 2011….thank you so much for your lovely comment yesterday, I am sure our paths will cross this year and I very much look forward to it.

    I wish you every success this year, looking forward to hearing more about your writing, great things are in store for you I am sure xx

  4. simone says

    43,000 words – WOW!!!! Very impressive! Well done you 🙂

  5. Gosh, thank you for the warning. I’m in the process of creating a WordPress Blog for the business I’m beginning, so, this post is extremely timely for me!
    Happy New Year to you and your family, may it prove to be all you want and more!
    Hugs and quiches, Kitty x

  6. Julia says

    How is that even possible??
    Were you ableto drink a sufficient amount of champagne inspite of this?
    Starting out like this, 2011 will Be a piece of cake. A delicious one.

  7. Glad you got it all sorted! I’ve updated 7 blogs to 3.0.4 without a problem though. It fixes a serious security hole, so is worth doing but I’m not sure what went wrong for you?!

  8. Great start to the new year! I’d been thinking about checking WordPress out, but now might just stay put with good old Blogger which suits me right now. Anyhow, wishing you more success with WP and a fab 2011.

  9. Oh no!! Well at least your back 🙂 Thank goodness!! And new lesson learned : don’t listen to Big M when it comes to blog updates 😉

  10. Ooof thanks for the warning, no idea if I’m up to date or not but shall avoid at all costs!

    Happy New Year to you and glad you managed to recover everything!

  11. Happy New Years Met Mum! And thanks for that ‘back up blog’ reminder. Going on my to do list today! 🙂

  12. Woah. So sorry and so glad you fixed it.

    Thanks for the heads up. Although I haven’t updated my WordPress since version 3.whatever out of sheer terror of something like this. 2011 will be the year I learn to back that thang up!

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