Monday, 27 August 2012
Something that everyone should do that has a WordPress blog is ensure that it stays completely up to date. Keeping your WordPress blog current ensures all plugins continues working, you'll have access to the extra features and most importantly that your blog is now safe from hackers and intruders.
Most people have no idea how you can update their WordPress installation, but luckily it is easy. You can use the auto-upgrade feature in the dashboard, and when that doesn't work, upload all files manually, and when that doesn't work play one simple technique to fix any problem plugins.
The very first thing you want to do when likely to update WordPress is go to your dashboard, and on the top left corner should be an area saying updates. All you want do is visit that updates area and click on one button and will also automatically download the most recent version of WordPress, unpack it, and install it where your blog is.
Now you should have a backup of your blog before doing any kind of upgrade, but after that's done, you have the brand new features and version of WordPress without having to use FTP or edit any type of databases.
Now if you have an older version of WordPress, or for some reason this automatic update feature is not working properly for you, the solution continues to be quite simple. What you can do is just upload the newer WordPress files, and WordPress will detect this. It'll detect that your files are new however your database is out of date and it'll do its better to update that database for you.
Here is what you do, you go to WordPress.org/download and this will show you a large blue button that you can click and download a zip file of the very recent, current, current version of WordPress. This can download a zip file and when that's downloaded, you are able to right click and extract all of those files for your desktop in which you saved the zip file. Then open your FTP clients and move those files up to where your WordPress blog has become located. Ensuring to overwrite any files which are already there.
Don't worry this may not overwrite all of your content since they're the files running WordPress and your content is just stored in the database in a different location.
Now once those files are all done, simply load your blog and it will say that WordPress comes with an update, do you want to update? Click on a button and it will make sure your database is up to date, and you have a current, current version of WordPress.
From time to time when you upgrade this way a plugin might fail, it might crash your entire blog, it could show additional errors, so take a note of what the plugin is named. For instance, if the plugin says All-in-One SEO, write made that first move and then in your FTP client, browse to a folder that is called WP-Content, and within that browser folder called plugins and then discover the offending folder such as All-in-One SEO and delete it.
Now when you load WordPress again, the blog should load properly and you will add the plugin back the way in which it was, and that is how you upgrade WordPress. Get into your dashboard towards the update area and find out if you can update it in a single click, otherwise visit WordPress.org/download, grab the zip file, unpack and upload the files. If you will find any problem plugins then go into WPContent/plugins and delete or rename that folder and reload WordPress, and everything ought to be okay.