How do people handle upgrades on live sites?
Last time I upgraded, all sites went blank (not just main blog), it apparently had to do with not switching the main theme before deactivating.
I am on a live site, but with few users. I wonder how others handle their upgrades as it cost me an hour or so to delete stuff, re-upload, move themes, find the problems and fix them.
Apparently the one-click upgrade does not work (see also http://buddypress.org/blog/news/buddypress-1-1-3/#comments) and with a growing number of plugins, the basic fact of deactivating and later reactivating all plugins, moving themes etc is taking a lot of time in itself even if the core upgrade goes well.
So how do people with a larger live site handle this?
(1) Do you really back up all your database files (mine are already huge with just a few users, can’t imagine how big large live sites’ SQL must be) and file folders?
(2) Do you make an announcement on your site as all BP plugins (and main themes?) will not be working during upgrade?
(3) Do you use an ‘Under Construction’ Theme to switch to temporarily (if so, can you share it?) or just let the site go blank and filled with errors for whatever time it takes to fix everything?
Looking forward to hear some ‘best practices, wil help a lot of people I think.. Thanks!
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