Upgrading WordPress in 2018 is mostly pain-free. Rarely do incompatibilities crop up & impede things. The most important step to upgrading WordPress is going to be backing it up!
Before getting underway, make sure you have a recent WordPress backup. Once you've got that, let's commence!
WordPress Core Updates¶
The WordPress core is the main WordPress software, updating it is generally a safe process. As always, backup before doing so.
Performing a WordPress Core upgrade¶
- Login to your WordPress administrative panel.
- In the upper-left section of the screen, you'll see
Updateswith a number next to it. Select Updates.
- You'll see a list of updates available, including the core, plugins & themes.
- To upgrade the WordPress core, select
The process will generally take 15 seconds, during which a maintenance page will be displayed to your visitors.