How to update WordPress

When a new stable version of WordPress comes out you'll see a message at the top of your admin panel's dashboard. You can upgrade your WordPress using the built-in automatic updater or you can do it manually.

To update WordPress with the automatic updater follow these steps:

  • Before you start the upgrade make sure you have a recent backup of your WordPress files and of the database used by the application. If you don't know how to do this, check out the tutorial on backing up your site.

  • Another thing to do before you start the upgrade is to log in to your WordPress admin panel and disable all plugins. You can enable them again once the upgrade is complete.

  • After that click on one of the Update links in the admin panel. Either the one in the top left corner of the dashboard or the one in the yellow message at the top of the page. After that click on the button Update Automatically.

  • Check whether any of the plugins has to be updated, and whether all of the plugins are compatible with the new WordPress version.

For some more details and for information on how to upgrade WordPress manually read the tutorial on upgrading WordPress.

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