How do you update WordPress?

WordPress Update required dialog box

When updates are available, you will be notified in the WordPress->Dashboard->Updates menu.

You should always apply updates as soon as possible.  You’re able to set WordPress to update itself automatically.  If you’re doing it manually, ensure you have made a backup of the site and database.  If you utilise automatic updates, ensure you have regular backups being taken.

Automatic WordPress Update

To set automatic WordPress updates without the use of a plugin:

  • -FTP into your server or log into the File Manager via cPanel
  • -Look for and edit the config.php file – This is normally located in the public_html folder
  • -Add
  • -And save


Manual update

-Download updates from the official repository.
-FTP into your server or log into the File Manager via cPanel
-Remove the wp-admin and wp-includes directories
-From the WordPress repository WordPress download in step 1, replace the files from the root directory, wp-admin and wp-includes directories
-Log in as admin
-If prompted update the Database
-Navigate to the plugin update screen and apply updates if needed
-Navigate to website to ensure it is operational


Further reading:
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How do I choose secure WordPress plugins?