Upgrading WordPress

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

  1. Login to your WordPress administrative panel.
  2. In the upper-left section of the screen, you'll see Updates with a number next to it. Select Updates.
  3. You'll see a list of updates available, including the core, plugins & themes.
  4. To upgrade the WordPress core, select Update now.

The process will generally take 15 seconds, during which a maintenance page will be displayed to your visitors.