How to update WordPress version

When you are using WordPress, you will notice a note “An updated version of WordPress is available.” which allows you to update your CMS to the most recent version. However, you need to take note of the following precautions before you proceed with the instructions below on how to update WordPress version:

  • Secure a backup of WordPress website files
  • Secure a backup of WordPress database SQL file
  • Check the system requirements of the new version and make sure that it is compatible to the current features of your hosting account

You have two options when updating the WordPress version.

Watch the video or follow the instructions below.

 

(Note: Directory/folder names in the images below are only examples. Make sure to locate the correct folders and use your own site URL for your WordPress website.)

Automatically Update WordPress version via Dashboard

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2. Click “Please update now.”

Step 3. Click “Update Now” button.

Step 4. You will be prompted with the Database Update Required page. Click “Update WordPress Database” button.

Step 5. Once the update is complete, click “Continue”.

 

Step 6. You will see more information about the WordPress version.

We suggest that you check your website including plugins and themes.

Manually Update WordPress version

The following instructions are more complicated and requires access to the FTP (FileZilla is used in this article). Please follow them carefully and with precaution.

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2. Click “Please update now.”

Step 3. Click Download

Note: The downloaded WordPress version does not contain your current themes, plugins and media files.

Step 4. Unzip the file and access your FTP. (In this article we used FileZilla through Mac.)

 

Step 5. Locate your WordPress folders both for the local and remote site.

Step 6. Upload the new version files and overwrite existing ones.

Step 7. Wait for the upload to be completed.

Step 8. Access your WordPress website. You will be prompted with the Database Update Required page. Click “Update WordPress Database” button.

Step 9. Once the update is complete, click “Continue”.

Step 10. You will see more information about the WordPress version.

We suggest that you check your website including plugins and themes.

If you are not confident to make any of the modifications mentioned above, you may have our Application Support Engineers help you with an ad-hoc fee per request.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our support team.

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