This blog is now running WordPress 2.1 Ella and I am impressed. This server was running a much older version of MySql and since Ella requires MySql 4.1 support, I could not upgrade right away. I was somewhat apprehensive of upgrading MySql on Plesk and wanted to put aside some time for the upgrade in case things went south. This morning, I upgraded MySql, this blog, all the plugins and performed some much needed tweaking and maintenance.
For those that are on Plesk servers and would like some instructions on how to upgrade MySql safely, this post should help. The upgrade was simple, the instructions made sense and were complete, and the upgrade itself went without a hitch. After the upgrade, I tweaked the query cache (sorely missed in MySql 3), upped the key buffer and the thread cache sizes and optimized all the tables. I am satisfied with the results. Once I have gathered enough performance information, I will post an update with a screenshot. This post on CircleSix, mentioned previously, is a great place to start.
None of the plugins I had installed required updates right away beside Ultimate Tag Warrior which I updated and patched. I was also really glad to find that this theme was completely compatible with WordPress 2.1 It just goes to show the proficiency of Joao Craviero. That being said, if something is broken or non-functional, please let us know.
I alluded that I was impressed with Ella and I am (with not just her music). The number of queries to generate the front page has dropped 41% and the memory requirements for the query and its cache has dropped many fold due to the improvements in the query structure. I am loving the autosave feature and the code tab on the write post page. I also like the quicker back end, the fast dashboard, the built in spell check and the small improvements scattered around the admin interface. The TinyMCE WYSIWYG interface is much easier to use and the auto formatting is more intuitive. I did end up hacking the link button on the write page so the “Insert” button was on the left instead of the right since I kept clicking the “Cancel” intuitively. Also, since we have been receiving a lot of questions on how to add news to this blog, I have added a Submit News menu item to the top menu for future reference.
So when are you upgrading to WordPress 2.1 Ella?