The Missing (upgrade) Link

Sandboxes are useful places where you can fool around in and not do any real damage. In upgrading this version of WordPress, running it on a “SandBox” LAMP server sitting in my basement, saved both time and money. Installing it on a live site can have serious consequences if mistakes are made and your web server or site’s security is put at risk.

LAMP, short for Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP configuration of a web server, is an Open Source solution maintained by developers from around the world. The idea is to keep technology running the web open and accessible to those who wish to install and tinker with it. The development and implementation of a site like Facebook, for example, would have been nearly impossible to develop and troubleshoot without access to technology like LAMP and its various plug-ins. There are various”flavours” of LAMP – from the “enterprise” (high-end) to the low end, entry-level sandboxes.

Easy to install

TurnKey Linux was the flavour best suited for the task at hand. An old piece of hardware with a 800MHz Processor, 128MB of RAM and a 10G hard disk and network card (plus keyboard and mouse) was dusted off and the web server installed. Booting it from the CD, the hard disk was formatted (wiped clean!) and the screen prompts were followed. A root password is required during the setup – don’t skip it and don’t get it wrong otherwise you won’t have access to the configuration afterwards. For those new to Linux (LAMP) this a good place to start  BEFORE attempting an installation.

Once successfully installed, web-based software using the LAMP configuration can be installed and put through its paces – to discover if or how well it works. Usually, if there are too many issues with an installation it turns out to work “not as claimed” another solution is found.

Before installing WordPress 3.2.1 on this site, it was put through its paces on the local web-server, off the internet. Configuration was tested, plug-ins installed and tweaked and the posts and comments imported to see if (and how well) it would work. After some hours of testing to see if everything works, it was time to “go live”.

The upgrade of WordPress now enables the use of the latest developments and improvements, necessary to keep up with the web’s evolution.


One of the main reasons for the upgrade was to enable mobile devices to access the blog. If anyone is not able to do this, please let me know. I’ve tested it on my “non-smart” (dumb?) phone and it looks fine.