WordPress announced the availability of version 2.8 recently. I normally do not upgrade to the latest version as soon as it is available. One of the main reasons for not upgrading immediately is that my blog runs on the support of a lot of plugins, and an upgrade means a lot of testing, as some plugins may just refuse to work !

As a general practice, I wait for a couple of weeks before upgrading after any major release from WordPress, this will give me an overall view of the possible problems people are facing and also gives time to the plugin developers to upgrade their plugins to the work with the latest version. This way, I save a lot of time, which otherwise would be spent on trouble shooting the problems and trying to fix them.

As expected, the new version of WordPress 2.8 has crashed a few plugins and slowdown others (again performance and non compatibility issues) and the wordpress forums were filled with questions on ‘how to solve this, or I have this problem’ kind of posts. One simple solution to most of your problems is, revert back to the previous version of WordPress which was working fine (I’m hoping here that you have the back up of your database saved on your local machine !).

Those who wish to revert back to WordPress 2.7 from wordpress 2.8, please read Keith’s post, where he has explained in detail the step-by-step procedure that has to be followed.

Hope you get your blog back to life and get it to work smoothly as before.

Related Post: When is the right time to upgrade WordPress.


  1. Made the same error, i went straight away to update to the new version of wrodpress. Most of my plugins are not working properly so i am starting to revert to the previous version. Nice post aand thank you very much because i am starting to revert to the previous version

  2. 2.8 really really sucks. And, what is worse is they gon’t give a damn. Can you just imagine the thousands of hours of aggravation experienced by thousands of people due to their sloppy code. They are to lazy to test anything, so they throw it out to the suckers and let them test it for them.

  3. Hey:
    I had been tested all the alternatives, and the plugin “No Blog Clients” fix 80% my problem. This plugin removes link elements from your WordPress header for Windows Live Writer and other blog clients using the WordPress XML-RPC interface. After this plugin, the Admin Panel of WordPress loads more fast.

    I added this: extension=curl.so in php.ini (line 597 aprox.) and help some too.


  4. @Charle – I know a lot of things that don’t work well with 2.8. I’ll wait for some more time before I upgrade. Most importantly I want all the plugins to work fine for this. This blog needs so many of them to function fine !

  5. @My Pink Shoelace – I normally wait a few weeks before upgrading. With open source products, the community acts as Quality Control, so I wait for the community to test, report and iron out the bugs, before I upgrade. If you have your previous database backed up, Keiths post should work like a charm.

    Do keep me informed how the process went through.

    PS: You got kinda cute blog .. and it shows that you totally love pink 🙂 .. pink’s fine – what’s with the shoelace 🙂


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