If you don’t have access to automatic WordPress updates or you want to
control any single update on your own, then you need to follow WordPress
manual update process. In order to get your WordPress engine easily updated
you need to perform the following steps:
Step 1. At the very beginning of updating process it is required to backup
your previous engine files, you may change your mind after you install a
new version and want your site back to the way it was before. Feel free to
check the detailed instructions on how to backup all of your files in your
WordPress directory and your .htaccess
Please notice: the upgrade process will affect all files and folders
included in the main WordPress installation. This includes all the core
files used to run WordPress. If you have made any modifications to those
files, your changes will be lost.
Step 2. To get WordPress updated without troubles, we would also recommend
to deactivate your plugins under Plugins tab in your dashboard:
Step 3. Once backup is done, you need to download a fresh copy of latest
WordPress software from WordPress.org to your desktop
and extract the zip archive. Inside the zip archive, you will find a folder named WordPress.
Step 4. Using FTP or
your shell access, delete the old wp-includes and wp-admin directories on
your web host. And then you need to upload the new wp-includes and wp-admin
folders in place of the previously deleted directories:
Step 5. Upload the individual files from the new wp-content folder to your
existing wp-content folder, overwriting existing files. Do NOT delete any files or folders in your
existing wp-content directory (except for the one being overwritten by new
Make sure that you only copy the files from inside this directory, rather
than replacing your entire wp-content directory. This is where your themes
and plugins live, so you will want to keep them. If you have customized the
default or classic themes without renaming them, make sure not to overwrite
those files, otherwise, you will lose your changes.
Step 6. You should replace all the old WordPress files in the root
directory (such as index.php, wp-login.php and so on). Furthermore, take a
look at the wp-config-sample.php file, to see if any new settings have been
introduced that you might want to add to your own wp-config.php.
Step 7. Visit your main WordPress admin page at /wp-admin. You may be asked to log in again. If a database upgrade is necessary at this point, WordPress
will detect it and give you a link to a URL like
http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/upgrade.php. Follow that link and follow the instructions. This will update your database to be compatible with the latest code.
Step 8. Your WordPress engine has been updated:
Reactivate plugins in case you disabled them on step 2. If you have issues with logging in, try clearing cookies in your browser.
Now you’ve got the hang of how to upgrade WordPress engine manually, so you can play around with the latest version of WordPress.
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