On this page, you will find instructions and practical step-by-step plans to update your WordPress version on your website. On the WordPress Official website, you will find more information about the most recent version of WordPress.
Do Before Update WordPress:
First, download a backup of your WP site and database via CPanel. You can read how exactly that works on the All About Back-ups page. If something goes wrong during the update, you can always go back to the backup you made;
View what has changed in the new version of WordPress. You can find an overview of the different version releases of WordPress. Update according to one of the recommended methodologies. Check whether the update was successful and if everything still works and looks neat. You can check here how to back your previous version or downgrade WordPress.
Automatically Update WordPress:
WordPress versions 2.7 and higher can be updated to the most recent version via the backend with one click. You will usually see a notification at the top of the backend page (see the image above). The advantage of this is that it works very simply and quickly without having to perform certain manual actions yourself. It is literally done within a minute and you do not need any technical knowledge.
Note: If you have made many manual adjustments and have a plug-in on that do not (yet) work properly with the latest version, an automatic upgrade may cause problems. It is therefore advisable to check in advance whether all active plug-in is suitable for the latest WordPress version.
Even if many version numbers have been released and you are still using a very outdated WordPress version, an automatic upgrade can cause problems. If you still want to try it via the automatic upgrade button (it saves a lot of time and effort), then we recommend you: Do this at the quietest possible moment;
Have a recent backup ready so that if something goes wrong you can immediately switchback.
Update WordPress Manually:
You can update your WordPress website manually by following the steps below.
The first step, Download the latest version of WordPress. This can see the WordPress release version.
Next step, Disable active plug-in. This prevents problems with the plug-in that is not (yet) compatible with the latest WordPress version. It is advisable to check this and to update your plug-in to the latest version where possible.
The third step, Replace old WordPress files for the new ones. You do this via FTP or Shell. You will find step by step instructions for this on codex.wordpress.org.
Test if everything works and try the plug-in. Check your website to see if everything is still working properly. You can now also see if your plugins are doing well by switching them on and testing them. If this is not the case, you can always restore the previously made backups (see also the Backups category page).
Also, Update WP Plug-in Regularly:
It is not only important that you update your WordPress version in time to the latest (stable) version, but certainly, also plug-in must be properly updated. These are often very vulnerable to security leaks. If you see that a new version is available, check the release notes on the specific WordPress plug-in page. When it comes to a security release, it is very important that you quickly update the plug-in to close leaks.
Installing plug-in can easily be done from the backend of WordPress. Many different plug-ins are offered, but a useful plug-in for analyzing a website and optimizing is the Google Analytics Plug-in.