Progress, of sorts
New version of the old template that works on the new version’s up and appears to be working. So everyone can stop throwing fits over the up-for-ten hours temporary version.
I’m still working on tweaking stuff out, and again — please don’t complain that anything’s not working until Sunday, which is my estimated time to complete slogging through all the really small issues remaining.
Though, in a happy coincidence, I seem to have broken commenting, which means you can’t complain about comments being broken. Maybe I’ll fix that last.
Read on if you’re curious about WordPress upgrade stuff, since I know some of you are. Warning: foul language ahead.
Upgrading from 1.2 to 1.5 — I highly recommend the Podz upgrade instructions as the default ones OMIT SUPER IMPORTANT STEPS THAT FUCK UP THE PROCESS.
I’m not kidding. I submitted an edit for the WP wiki on this, but it’s fucked up that they didn’t put that out there initially or, given the number of complaints about this in the support forums, at any point before this. In short, the big ‘gotcha’ is that if you don’t disable all your plugins before activating, you’re fucked. Which is lovely.
Other than that — it broke a loooot of shit on our site, and going through this is way fucking harder than their breezy “wheeeeeeeee, you’ve upgraded!” guide makes it sound like it’s going to be.
You would think, having worked in IT for seven-something years, that I would know better than to trust an optimistic setup document. That said, seven years of IT also got me to do regular site backups and keep detailed notes which helped immensely.
So short version — if you’re running a default WP install, knock yourself out. If you’re like me and you’ve been tinkering with shit, block off some time and take it slowly.