Okaythen! I’m back to being frustrated. I can’t get version 2.5.1 to work (it requires a database upgrade, which causes those lovely database table errors that I couldn’t get fixed the first time around), and since version 2.0 doesn’t have an export function, I can’t just dump everything into the test version, then upgrade the main blog manually and re-import everything.
And, of course, I got a response back from tech support telling me that my main blog is already running version 2.3.3. Um, no. It may say so in the admin panel, but the admin panel lies. And it doesn’t even make logical sense, since I installed from a back-up copy of version 2.0.
My understanding is that one of the symptoms of the hack I suffered is that WP misidentifies itself as a newer version. You have to look at the config files to find out for certain which version you’re running. When I tried to explain the upgrade death spiral to the folks at tech support, their solution was to alter my config file manually so that it now mirrors what the admin panel says. Not helpful! I want it upgraded FOR REALS, PEOPUMS!
1. If it were actually running version 2.3.3, like tech support says, then I’d have my damned export function, thankyouverymuch. But it isn’t, and I don’t.