Nowadays WordPress software release version changes has become very frequently. Sometime it could be as little as 2 months a new version will be release.
If you ask me as a blogger, must we always update the WordPress version all the time? My answer is Yes. Very often the release is to fix security bug or close some loophole.
Of course at times, the release is to add new features or to resolve some bug.
As for me, I am very cautious when it comes to security.
You do not want to wake up one morning and found yourself cannot access to your own blog. This will be a nightmare for bloggers.
In fact I have personally experience the above nightmare. Someone actually change my password to something else. As a result I was lockout from my own blog.
That’s why each time WordPress release a new version. I will quickly update it.
In the past, each time I want to upgrade the version. I will backup all the WordPress files into my PC from my web hosting company. Delete the necessary files and copy new files into the web hosting’s harddisk. I will also backup my blog.
This process is very tedious and you need to check the instruction steps to upgrade carefully. Also I need to recheck that I copy the right files.
This process can, at times, take up a whole day as I do not have a very high speed link.
This is known as a manual process.
You might be thinking is there a faster and less painful way to upgrade the version as frequently as you wish?
The answer is Yes and it is free too. However it is encouraged to donate to the author (keithdsouza, ronalfy) of this solution.
It is a plugin known as WordPress Automatic Upgrade. In my opinion, after using this plugins a few times, I find this is one of the Must Have plugin.
This plugin basically does the following automatically:-
• Backup the WordPress system & blog files into files and download into your PC.
• Download the latest version files from WordPress.
• Put your blog site into maintenance mode
• Deactivate all active plugins
• Upgrade WordPress files
• Reactivate the plugins
To install this plugin, you need to do the following:-
• Go to this website:-
• Download the wordpress-automatic-upgrade.zip file to your local machine.
• Unzip the file
• FTP the `wordpress-automatic-upgrade` folder to your blog’s `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
• Go to your blog/wp-admin
• Logon on to your WordPress ID , click on Plugin.
• Look for WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin and click on Activate.
That’s it for installation.
Each time there is an upgrade of the WordPress version, you can see it when you login to your blog.
Steps to upgrade WordPress version automatically.
Note: if you could not see the picture clearly. Mouse it to the picture and double click it. It will open in full size.
Click on “Click Here to automatically Upgrade WordPress to latest version”
You will see the following. Click on Click here at the red arrow below.
Click on Download it to backup the WordPress Files.
Once you have successfully download, then click on Click here to proceed. See red arrow.
Click on Start DB Backup
Click on Download IT to backup the database
Then Click on “click here” to proceed
Click on Let’s Go to get the latest version of WordPress
Click on “Click here”
Click on “You have not cleaned up the files from last upgrade. Please Click Here”
That completes the whole installation. This is definitely simpler that manual method.
Hopefully this guide is helpful in your journey of blogging.
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