Updating WordPress 103

Updating Manually

In this WordPress video tutorial we’ll show how to manually update WordPress to the latest version. This updating method requires some technical knowledge, but allows greater customization of a WordPress install.

Be sure to backup WordPress before updating to the latest version of WordPress, or it is possible to automatically update WordPress.

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WordPress Tutorial Transcript

Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’ll show you how to update WordPress manually.

If you’re familiar with FTP, you can use to to update your WordPress manually. If you don’t want do use WordPress’ automatic update feature, you can update WordPress manually with relative ease. Be careful when FTPing into a site, because it’s very easy to break your WordPress install if you don’t know what you are doing. Keep in mind that we do recommend using WordPress’ automatic update feature as it is faster and will less likely mess up your WordPress install. The first step is to Download WordPress from http://wordpress.org/download/ then Unzip the folder. You will need to use an FTP program to access your site and find out where WordPress is installed. Depending on your FTP program, it should look something like this. You’re going to want to upload all of the WordPress files EXCEPT for the wp-config.sample.php and the wp-content folder. Nothing bad will happen if you upload wp-config.sample.php, you just don’t need it. However, if you overwrite the wp-content folder you will lose all your themes and uploads. After the upload is complete, simply visit your admin page by going to your website’s URL/wp-admin. You’ll be presented with a page that will ask you to update your database, and once you have, then you’re done and you have the newest version of WordPress.

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