Tutorial: How to Upgrade WordPress

Upgrading your WordPress blog may seem like a daunting task. However, if you follow these simple steps, you should have no problems at all.

IMPORTANT! Always back up files before messing with technical stuff! NO exceptions. I cannot be held responsible for errors. YOU must back up files.

There are two ways to upgrade your WordPress blog. One is through the admin section and one through ftp. It really all depends on what version is being used and what method you are most comfortable using.

Before you begin, make sure  you back up everything. THEN read ALL directions carefully.

Upgrading WordPress Through Admin

IMPORTANT! Always back up files before messing with technical stuff! NO exceptions. I cannot be held responsible for errors. YOU must back up files.

If an upgrade is needed, you should see a little notice at the top of your admin dashboard saying something like; WordPress 2.8.1 is available! Please update now. If you do, then do the following:

Step One: click on the link, “Please update now.”

Step Two: click on “upgrade automatically” button (if not there, you are using older WordPress version and cannot use this method to upgrade, move onto ftp method).

Step Three: Enter information in the provided spaces.

  • Host Name: this is your url. Example: www.designedbylara.com would be mine.
  • Username: this is the username for your website’s cPanel, ftp or website back office. NOT your WordPress log in.
  • Password: this is the password for your website’s cPanel, ftp or website back office. NOT your WordPress log in.
  • Make sure ftp is checked
  • Click “proceed”

Step Four: wait for upgrade to take place. It may take a few minute. Once complete, it will tel you it was successful…or…

Step Five: If you encountered a problem, do the ftp method instead.

Upgrading WordPress through FTP

IMPORTANT! Always back up files before messing with technical stuff! NO exceptions. I cannot be held responsible for errors. YOU must back up files.

Step One: download latest version of wordpress through your admin or from main site wordpress.org to your computer.

Step Two: Unzip

Step Three: log into website through favorite ftp software (I use filezilla)

Step Four: on your website side of the ftp, go to where WordPress files are located (example: yoururl.com/blog), delete the admin and includes folders ON THE BLOG SIDE OF FTP.  Do NOT delete the content files.

Step Five: Now, on COMPUTER side of ftp NOT blog side, delete content folder. You are deleting the content folder from the NEW version of WordPress. NOT what is already on your site. DO NOT touch that at all when doing upgrade. Period.

Step Six: transfer admin and includes folders AND all other files FROM computer side of ftp TO blog side.  DO NOT transfer content folder. That should have already been deleted in step 5.

Step Seven: when transfer is complete, log into your wordpress admin.

Step Eight: if it tells you to upgrade database, click “upgrade now.” If it does not, you are good to go.

If you still do not feel comfortable upgrading WordPress on your own, contact me, and I can do it for a nominal fee.


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