WordPress 3.1.3 Fails to Update
Posted on June 13, 2011
I recently moved my blogs to my colo server from a shared server over at JustHost (WOW they really try hard to over charge, buts that’s another story).
After the move I tried to update to WP 3.1.3 each blog failed. I figured it might be a permissions problem. I looked in to the permissions slowly changing them towards 777 or wide open. Since this is not a shared server it was not that big of an issue. But that failed too.
I tried the ftp patch for the issue with pureFTPd, which broke WordPress completely.
My server is a bit older running and older version of CentOS. As it turns out I also was running older version of PHP. Then I realized that is the problem. I updated the server to the latest PHP and Apache and all the blogs updated as expected.
In the event the other fixes do not work for you, take a look at what version of PHP you are running. You can find this information in the CPanel or you can create a small test page and use the following code to print out your version.
echo 'Current PHP version: ' . phpversion();