WordPress Tutorials – How to Update WordPress and Your Themes and Plugins
As the world's most popular blogging software, WordPress is constantly being updated and improved. While a new version of the core WordPress software is released on a fairly regular basis, you will also encounter many more frequent updates including those for plugins and themes. Keeping your blog up to date is highly recommended since it helps to improve security and reliability and guard against hackers and other issues. Updates often bring new functionality and features as well.
Fortunately, updating plugins and themes in WordPress, as well as the core WordPress installation itself is extremely simple. There is no need to complete the task manually since everything you need to keep your installation up to date can be found within your WordPress dashboard.
Log in to your WordPress dashboard. Updates for themes, plugins and WordPress itself will become available regularly and, every time any update is available, a new icon will appear at the top bar of the WordPress dashboard. The icon looks like a “Refresh” icon accompanied by the number of updates available. This number includes all available plugins, themes and WordPress updates. Click on the button to continue. You will be taken to the WordPress Updates page.
This page is divided into three sections. The top section will inform you whether or not your site is using the latest version of the core WordPress content management system. If not, click the button to update your blog. During the update process, your blog will be temporarily inaccessible to readers since it will be in maintenance mode. The process should take a few minutes to complete and your posts and other content will not be affected.
The second section allows you to update your plugins. To save time, you can simply click the button to automatically update all of the plugins rather than update each one individually. Again, the process should not take very long and WordPress will inform you once everything has been completed successfully.
Finally, in the third section, you can update your installed WordPress themes (not only the one currently in use.) Be aware that, depending on the theme update, changing the theme may significantly alter the appearance of your website. For this reason, it is a good idea to read the theme update notes first.