Making Updates to your WordPress Installation

It is essential that you keep your Wordpress software, its related Themes and Plugins up to date. This means doing the new updates as they become available. Doing timely updates ensures you have the most up to date security patches and all the new advances to the software.



To update your version of the WordPress software

 

To update your installed Themes and Plugins

 

 

To update your version of the WordPress software -

 

 

Please follow these simple instructions to update your version of WordPress!

 

1) Log in to your WordPress DashBoard.

 


2) If a newer version of WordPress is available, you will see a message about it on the main page of your Dashboard. That will look something like this - 


Version Update

 

To begin, click Please Update Now

 

3) You will see the following -

 

Important

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Below that, you will see a message to proceed. To continue, please click Update now -

 


Version Update

 

 

4) Wait and see what happens. On the screen, you will see new information about the upgrade in progress. You'll see detail which will include the following - 

 

Version Update

 

 

From time to time, you may also need to make a quick update to the database and will presented with an option like this - 

 

Database update required

 

Be sure to click Update WordPress Database.

 

If everything goes as planned, you will get no errors and you will be presented with a brand new Dashboard page welcoming you to the newest version!

 

If you have any question about this process, please let us know!

 


To update your WordPress Themes and Plugins - 

 

 

 
1) Log in to your WordPress DashBoard.

 


2) In the DashBoard's right hand menu select Updates - 


Updates


The above images shows that this user has 4 updates to complete. The number of updates you need to perform with vary at any given time.

 

 

3) Take a look at the resulting page. You may have both Themes and Plugins to update.

 

 

4) If you have Themes installed that need to be updated, select the specific theme or Select all and click to update -

 

Select All

 

 

5) Repeat this for any or all installed Plugins. Easy!


IMPORTANT - If you have older Themes and Plugins that you are no longer using, it is still vital to keep them updated. Even when inactive, the older Themes and Plugin data remains in your account and can be a security risk. If you are certain you no longer need a specific Theme or Plugin, it is best to remove them entirely. For more information on removing themes or plugins, please see the articles for Managing Themes and Plugins.


If you have any question about these steps, please let us know!

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