I received notification yesterday, via a new web hosting cpanel feature, Softaculous that the two WordPress blogs I maintain on this site– had software upgrades available, Version 3.3.
This blog and the WordPress support blog– which I maintain for tests- were mentioned in the email. When I ran the script to update the support blog, the following error was provided when I tried to visit the site:
Since I could not update the PHP version running on my host– I had to get the last backup for Hosting-Q.com and reinstall the directory where I maintain the blog and the database.
Lessons learned– ensure versions of PHP and MySQL running on your server are compatible with software you either wish to install or upgrade. Also make sure to get a backup of your current software installation in case you run into a similar problem.
The other WordPress note I want to mention? WordPress periodically saves revisions of your blog posts. This causes entries to be inserted into the database that are updates of the original post. To have the software update the original post without inserting a new record in the database; insert the following into the wp-config.php file anywhere between the <? and ?> tags: