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There are two primary ways you can update WordPress to the latest version.

  1. Through The Control Panel
  2. Through An FTP Application

Through The Control Panel

Step 1


Log in to your WordPress backend (Usually Https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin, with “yourdomain.com” being your website name.)

Step 2


Once logged in, click on “Updates”, then” Update Now”.

Wait for the process to complete the update. If it does not show anything on the screen after a few moments, you may be required to update WordPress manually using the process below.

Through An FTP Application

Step 1


Download the latest WordPress update file from, https://wordpress.org/download/ and extract the contents to a known location.

Using your preferred FTP application, (An open source FTP such as FileZilla: https://filezilla-project.org/) login using the provided details in your login information document. (Or an FTP user can be created in your cPanel account)

Step 2


Once connected, navigate to your WordPress update folder, select all and drag-n-drop to the remote site.

Step 3


Your will be prompted to choose an action as files may already exist, select the following, then “OK”.

Step 4


Once the queue at the bottom of the screen clears, you can disconnect and close the application.

Log back into your WordPress administration page (https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin with “yourdomain.com” being your website name) and you will be prompted to update the database, select the blue “Update WordPress Database” button.

Step 5


Following the update of the database, you can click “Continue” to finish and proceed with logging in.

Note:

Updating plugins are quite similar to the methods above, in that you can update it directly from the administrator page, or through FTP in the wp-content/plugins/ folder if you have the plugin update files.

If an update fails to complete, or are prompted with a “Maintenance Mode” page, simply log into your FTP account and delete the “.maintenance” file and try again in the administration page.

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