WordPress Tutorial

How to Update WordPress

Introduction

If you want to keep your WordPress website safe and malware-free, it is crucial to update WordPress to the latest version as soon as the new update is released. In this tutorial you will learn how to update WordPress manually and how to use inbuilt automatic WordPress updater.

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What you’ll need

Option 1 – Updating WordPress Automatically

It is extremely easy even for novice users to update WordPress using automatic updater. Follow these simple steps to proceed and update WordPress to the latest version:

  1. Access your WordPress administrator area.
  2. If a new version of WordPress has been released, you will see informational notice at the top of every page. Press Please update now button to start the update.
    WordPress Update Now Message
  3. You will be redirected to Updates section. Hit Update Now button.
    WordPress Update Button
  4. WordPress will automatically download and install the latest version.
    Wordpress Automatic Update Success Message

Great! You just learned how to update WordPress to the latest version using automatic WordPress updater.

IMPORTANT! You may need to increase some PHP values if you get any PHP errors during update. Contact your hosting support staff if you are not sure how to do this.

Option 2 – Updating WordPress Manually

Manual method can be used to update and even restore hacked / infected WordPress installation. It is much more complicated compared to automatic update.

IMPORTANT! It is strongly recommended to create a backup of your files before proceeding. You can find a great tutorial how to create a backup of your files here.

In this example we will use FTP client to update WordPress manually. See detailed guide on how to configure FTP client here. However, exactly the same can be done with File Manager. If you already know how to use FTP client or File Manager follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest WordPress version from official WordPress website.
  2. Extract ZIP archive. You will get wordpress folder, it contains all files required for WordPress to work. You can delete wp-content subfolder as it is not necessary to update pre-installed plugins and themes.
  3. Connect to your FTP server using your preferred FTP client.
  4. Navigate to WordPress root directory. In our example WordPress is installed on public_html directory.
    WordPress public_html folder
  5. Select all wordpress files and press Upload button.
    FileZilla Upload WordPress Files
  6. You will be notified that files already exist. Choose Overwrite and Apply to current queue options. Proceed by pressing OK button.
    Filezilla Replace WordPress Files

Congratulations, you just learned how to update WordPress manually using an FTP client. Login to your WordPress admin area to verify changes. If you run into any kind of issues, try to reupload files again or contact your hosting support staff.

Conclusion

It is pretty easy to update WordPress using automatic updater. However, it is worthwhile to know for every WordPress user how to do the same manually. Remember, you need to keep WordPress up-to-date if you want to have a properly working website!

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