Blog: Running WP 3.0 now, and a Caveat

Always eager to avoid security risks hidden in older software, I first tried the new 3.0 version of the blog software WordPress on my local installation. I was impressed by the smoothness and speed of the upgrade process, which did not cause any hickups or even minor changes in the look of my handcrafted theme. So I upgraded the life site, too – without any problem.

That came only minutes later when I used the bulk upgrade for one plugin just out of curiosity (which always is a bad counselor): The blog went into maintenance mode but never came out again.

Lucky me that I was not the first person with this problem. One web search immediately yielded in the right recipe to correct this: Deleting the file .maintenance in the wordpress installation directory. And I was even more lucky to have a web presence with ssh-access, that made correcting this error a matter of seconds.

Fazit: WordPress 3.0 runs like a charm, but for the time being be careful with the bulk update for plugins.


  1. Markus, I’d successfully upgraded my blog late last night. However, I haven’t tried a bulk update of plugins so I appreciate your sharing your experiences in that regard — “forewarned is forearmed,” as they say. Thanks!

    1. You’re most welcome, Earl. Since I am using the internet, the exchange of knowledge and mutual support, the idea of sharing – culminating in free software – was one of the most fascinating aspects. Even thinking hard I cannot come up with anything similar outside of the web.

  2. I don’t want to depress you but my last comment really struggled and struggled and struggled … until finally it found it’s place on the blog .. let’s see how this one will manage …

    1. The hoster, where I share webspace with some friends, offers free space and free traffic for a very moderate fee. What I had seen as a big advantage I now regard as a disadvantage because as a consequences the hosts are stuffed to the brim with virtual hosts and diskspace is only rarely a reasonable amount below the limit. This makes this blog much slower than It could be. So there are plans to move, but a group doesn’t make things easier.

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