WordPress Tutorials – How to Upgrade WordPress
WordPress is an extremely popular blogging tool used not only by individuals, but also by many businesses, including major news companies such as the New York Times. Because of its great and growing popularity and open source license, WordPress is constantly being improved. Quite frequently, there is a major new release of the content management system while, on a more regular basis, there are many minor updates. These updates improve the security, functionality and reliability of the system and for these reasons; you should always keep your blog up to date by making sure that you are always using the latest version. Updating to the latest version is not complicated, but there are some important preparations to make first.
1 – Preparations
Upgrading to a new major version of the system will replace all of the core files. In the unlikely event that this causes any loss of important data such as blog posts, it is always recommended to back up your WordPress database first. You should be able to back up your database either by using a WordPress backup plugin or through the website management system provided by your Web hosting company.
It is also recommended that you temporarily disable any installed plugins just before you start the update process. This is because some plugins that you have installed may not work with the latest version of the system, in which case they may cause problems. You should also update your plugins after updating WordPress.
2 – Updating WordPress
When a major new update for WordPress is available, you will be informed of this next time you log into your WordPress dashboard. This warning will appear at the top of the dashboard and it will look something like this: “WordPress ?.?.? is available! Please update now.”
Click on the link “Please update now” to begin the automated update process. On the next page, click “Upgrade Automatically.” Alternatively, you can download the package for the latest version of WordPress by clicking the download button. However, this will require you to manually upload the files contained in the downloaded archive to your Web hosting server. It is much quicker and simpler to use the automatic upgrade feature, particularly for less experienced users.
Wait for WordPress to download and install the latest version of the system. The entire process should only take a few minutes.