How To Improve your WordPress Blog In One Click Whether or not the Upgrade Fails
Something that everyone should do who has a WordPress blog is keep it completely current. Keeping your WordPress blog current ensures all plugins will continue working, you will have access to the extra features and more importantly that your blog is now protected from hackers and intruders.
Many people don't know how you can update their WordPress installation, but luckily it's very easy. You should use the auto-upgrade feature within the dashboard, and when that does not work, upload all files manually, and when that does not work play one simple method to fix any problem plugins.
The very first thing you want to do when going to update WordPress is see your dashboard, as well as on the very best left corner should be a place that says updates. All you have to do is visit that updates area and then click one button and this will automatically download the most recent version of WordPress, unpack it, and do the installation where your blog is.
Now you should have a backup of the blog before doing any type 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 isn't in working order for you, the answer continues to be quite simple. What you can do is simply upload the newer WordPress files, and WordPress will detect this. It will detect that your files are new but your database is out of date and it will do its better to update that database for you personally.
Here's what you do, you go to WordPress.org/download and will also show you a large blue button that you can click and download a zip file of the very recent, current, up to date version of WordPress. This will download a zip file and when that's downloaded, you are able to right click and extract all those files to your desktop where you saved the zip file. Then open up your FTP clients and move those files up to where your WordPress blog is now located. Ensuring to overwrite any files which are already there.
Don't be concerned this may not overwrite any of your content since they're the files that run WordPress and your content is just stored in the database inside a different location.
Now once those files are all done, simply load your site and it will say that WordPress has an update, do you want to update? Click on a button and it will make certain your database is up to date, and now you possess a current, current version of WordPress.
Every now and then whenever you upgrade by doing this a plugin might go wrong, it could crash your entire blog, it could show additional errors, so take a note of what the plugin is named. For example, if the plugin is saying All-in-One SEO, write made that first move and then inside your FTP client, browse to some folder that's called WP-Content, and within that browser folder called plugins after which find the offending folder such as All-in-One SEO and delete it.
Now whenever you load WordPress again, your blog should load properly and you will add the plugin back the way that it was, and that's how you upgrade WordPress. Go into your dashboard towards the update area and find out if you're able to update it in a single click, if not go to WordPress.org/download, grab the zip file, unpack and upload the files. If there are any problem plugins go into WPContent/plugins and delete or rename that folder and reload WordPress, and everything should be okay.
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