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Drupal 7.x. How to update the engine

Our support team is glad to present you our new tutorial that will show you how to update Drupal engine:

Drupal 7.x. How to update the engine

  1. Open official Drupal site at drupal.org to download the latest stable release of Drupal engine in .zip format:

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  2. Go to your FTP or Hosting cPanel Filemanager and open your site root folder there (public_html, www, etc.). Create “drupal_new” folder there. If your site is located in folder, named drupal for example, you will have two folders in the same directory: drupal – current site location and drupal_new, that is empty at the moment:

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  3. Upload the latest Drupal archive to this folder and extract it if you are using Cpanel. Otherwise you may upload unzipped files via FTP:

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  4. Copy .htacess file and “site” folder from your current site location to this new directory, allowing files overwriting.

  5. Go to drupal_new/sites/default directory and locate settings.php file there. Open it for editing:

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  6. Locate line of code that says:

    $update_free_access=FALSE;

    Change it to:

    $update_free_access=TRUE;

    to allow access to update script. Save changes applied:

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  7. Open your browser and type http://yourwebsiteurl/drupal_new/update.php in address bar:

  8. Click on Continue button if you’re ready with site backup. You may check this detailed guide on how to backup your data:

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  9. Click on Apply pending updates button:

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  10. Go back to drupal_new –> sites –> default to edit settings.php file once again. Change TRUE back to FALSE same way as in step 6.

  11. Open http://yourwebsiteurl/drupal_new/ in browser to check if the site works properly.

  12. If the site appears properly, go to your FTP or CPanel, rename current site location from drupal to drupal_old and drupal_new to drupal.

  13. Open your site after renaming (it will be http://yourwebsiteurl/drupal) and log into admin panel. Go to Reports –> Available Updates. In case all the steps were performed properly, you will see that Drupal core is up to date, you have successfully updated it to the latest version.

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Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial below:

Drupal 7.x. How to update the engine