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Monday, 11 March 2013

How to Upgrade Wordpress and Fixture of Errors

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The social web is involving in a extensible way both in terms how it is used and the technology of the back setup. Good platforms like WordPress makes every effort to stay on top of that evolution both to keep up the latest trends and also to keep your site safe.
Because WordPress is an open source application it has almost unlimited supply of coders and developers that are always working to make the platform better and that means they are mainly constant update throughout containing everything from small fixes, security hole patches and to full features upgrade. This is true for the platform itself as well as the plugins and themes.

How to Upgrade WordPress to the latest version

If you are running a WordPress site, it is very important that it is always kept up to date with the latest versions. Fortunately this is quite easy because WordPress would tell you when an upgrade is available.

When an upgrade is available, you will get the warning message on the top of your WordPress Dashboard and all you have to do to click Update Now and you are taken directly to WordPress updates page. WordPress also warns you to please backup you database and files and once you done all those backups, simply click on update automatically and the update starts. WordPress runs full update process and takes a while depending on the internet connection you have. Once its done WordPress gives you message that it has done its processing, wordpress has been updated and you can now go  back to dashboard.

How to Upgrade Plugins in WordPress

In the same manners you can upgrade WordPress plugins also from admin Dashboard. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and if there any upgrades available, it will look like:

Click Upgrade Now and you are done. 

How to solve upgrade problems in WordPress

Although the upgrades available in WordPress are fully secure and have zero issues, but sometimes if you are facing problems after upgrading wordpress version or plugins upgrade then you need to know how to fix the errors. You can solve the upgrade errors in simple steps

Don't delete wp-content and wp-config.php

Go to your Online web host Cpanel account and click File manager which will open up your site's root directory. Here you can see different files like wp-content, wp-admin- wp-includes and other WordPress php files.
Now download latest wordpress installation package from and then extract it on your computer. Now be careful for the next step

Delete all files and folder in your web host site directory except wp-content folder and wp-config.php. Now click Upload. Upload all the files and folders except wp-content folder and wp-config.php of the newly downloaded WordPress version. 

Be careful before doing these steps. As i mentioned you don't have to delete wp-content folder and wp-config.php from your web host and also don't upload wp-content folder and wp-config.php of the newly downloaded WordPress version. Same procedure is applicable with your plugins up-gradation in WordPress. The only thing is you might have to reactivate the theme and plugin to make it work. 

Keeping your WordPress installation, themes and plugins up to date is a simple way to make sure you use the advantage of most recent features in WordPress and also your installations are safe from any potential loop holes and exploits of the previous version.


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