_____/ On Mon 26 Dec 2005 14:03:28 GMT, [Rob] wrote : \_____
Can you add a line about using FTP clients to delete the old WP installation?
If your FTP client does not appear to permit you to delete non-empty
folders, check through the available options and you'll usually find
an option that will permit non-empty folder deletion. This is useful
while cleaning out an old installation of WordPress, but it's
recommended that once this is done, you switch it back to the
original setting for safety's sake.
I'm not happy with how I worded that, so if anyone can make it
shorter and clearer, I'd be grateful.
I know a number of people who do not bother to delete the old WP
installation because they didn't know how to make their FTP client
delete non-empty folders. I've yet to find an FTP client that doesn't
permit this, but a lot hide this option because it is so powerful.
Experienced users will know this, but a lot of the people using WP
are not exactly "experienced users."
BTW: I know at least one "experienced user" who learned the hard way
why the normal setting is to prohibit the deletion of folders with
stuff in them. Returning the setting to "prohibit" really is a good
idea, unless you backup often.
Stage 7 states:
# Delete the old WordPress files on your site, but DO NOT DELETE
* wp-config.php file;
* wp-content folder;
* wp-includes/languages/ folder--if you are using a language file
do not delete that folder;
* .htaccess file--if you have added custom rules to your .htaccess,
do not delete it.
I suggest you enter your suggestion below, stressing how important it is to
empty the old folders. You can log in and change the page as it's a Wiki.
Overall, deletion simplified the process. It prevents the user from fumbling
through settings in one of the many FTP clients that exist. The overwrite
option can lead to an inconsistent mixture of files from two versions. This
raises syntax errors.
PS - I think the instructions are clear, well-structured, and comprehensive.
There is good use of relevant links.