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WordPress 2.1 Upgrade

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Geekery, Web Site, WordPress

I apologize if you've noticed any site down-time or other oddities. WordPress 2.1 has been released, and the upgrade has been less smooth than normal.

First off, after happily downloading the new version, I started reading the WordPress support forums to see if any common installation problems were cropping up. Good thing I did, too, because the minimum PHP/SQL requirements were increased for this release (and this critical information was - shall we say - not exactly made obvious in the version announcement and upgrade information).

I checked my server, only to discover that I was running older versions of both PHP and MySQL. Fortunately, I have an awesome, responsive host, because all it took was a request to upgrade PHP/MySQL, and they took care of it in less than 24 hours.

Unfortunately, upon upgrading, some of you may have noticed that the blog disappeared completely. As it turns out, my WordPress install with all of the plugins I'm using had gotten a bit bloated with PHP memory use. I had to disable several plugins temporarily to get back under the max PHP memory allocation. (Again, a support request to the host to increase the max memory allocation was responded to promptly, and the request should be taken care of sometime today.)

Having taken care of those issues, I went ahead with the upgrade last night. I probably should have done a bit more research, as the upgrade involved quite a few fundamental changes to the back end, including template tags and other gotchas. So, I've spent most of last night and this morning making several underlying changes to my blog template (the details of with which I will not bore you). Things should be working properly now, but if you notice anything broken or amiss, let me know.

Update: I'm glad to see that someone found some usefulness in this post!

OYB January 27

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Exodus 4, Exodus 5:1-21
NT: Matthew 18:1-20
Ps: Psalm 22:19-31
Pr: Proverbs 5:15-21

Gospel Thread - OT:

24 At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met {Moses} and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin and touched {Moses'} feet with it. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said. 26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said "bridegroom of blood," referring to circumcision.)

Exodus 4:24-26 (NIV)

God established the covenant of circumcision with Abraham. Then, as with Moses here, circumcision is symbolic of the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing new life to the believer through salvation. It also signifies the necessity of the shedding of blood to atone for sin.

Gospel Thread - NT:

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.

Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

One of the great blessings of salvation is the eternal presence of Christ with us.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

Psalm 22:24 (NIV)

Indeed, God poured out the fullness of His wrath against the sin of the world borne in Christ on the cross. But after Christ's death, God again looked upon His Son, and raised Him from the dead into eternal glory!

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For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
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