With so many of our client sites driven by WordPress, we often hear from clients when a WordPress update is released. While updates can be an intimidating process, you don’t have to fear! We are here to walk you through the process step by step.
First, you will (obviously) need to log in to your WordPress Admin Panel at www.YourSite.com/wp-admin.
Once you have logged in, you’ll likely see a bar like this across the top of your WordPress Dashboard:
Simply click on “Updates” on the left, or “Please Update Now” on the right, and you are to the updates page.
As WordPress is the most important part of your site, your WordPress updates are at the very top. You’ll see something like this:
Now, it is important to back up your database and files before an update. Thankfully, your WordPress installation likely came pre-installed with an automated backup. If you received a manual backup plugin, please go ahead to the Backup Plugin page as you were shown when you received your site, and back up your database and files before proceeding.
Now, click “Update Now” – the blue button in the image above.
WordPress will automatically put itself in maintenance mode, download the new files, install them, activate them, come out of maintenance mode, and take you to a window that looks like this:
Simply check to make sure your site is still in working order, and you’re done! Congratulations on updating WordPress!
**Note: Yes, this is why we choose to drive your website with WordPress. It will likely take all of 3.5 minutes to update your system, with no downloads, no difficulty, and no coding. No other CMS in use by a web design or development firm is that simple and easy to use. We know, because we’ve looked.
If you, as a client, have any questions about updating WordPress then please – contact us right away. If you are considering switching to WordPress, request a consultation from us today!