HOW TO: Update a WordPress site manually

Last modified: March 12, 2020
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One of the key things you can do to keep a safe WordPress site is to frequently update it.

  • Stability: Updates for WordPress include bug patch fixes and other problem areas. When you installed the recent updates, your site is more stable.
  • New features: By running the recent version you have access to the latest features and functionality, making WordPress continuously improving.

Follow the following steps to update WordPress:

  1. Log in to WordPress as the administrator.
  2. The dashboard shows the amount of updates in a Red Circle when updates are available. For instance, the following WordPress installation has two updates available:

    WordPress installation updates available
    WordPress installation updates available
  3. Click Updates. WordPress displays any updates available for the WordPress core installation, plugins, and themes:
    • WordPress, click Upgrade Automatically.
      • Plugins, Choose the plugin you would like to update and then click Update Plugins.
      • Themes, select the theme or themes that you would like to update, and then press the Update Themes.
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