Guides, Site News By Eshop Hosts 22.4.2012 No Comments
Updating WordPress

Updating to WordPress 3.3.2

WordPress has just released the latest revision to their popular platform and anyone using WordPress will have seen the ‘Update Available’ message displayed within their Admin area or possibly received an Update notification email if they have installed WordPress using one of the ‘One Click’ installers available with all eShop Hosts hosting accounts.

The regular updates and revisions to WordPress are usually to improve stability and/or security which means that you should update your site as soon as possible. The latest WordPress update (Version 3.3.2) has mostly security improvements that you will want to benefit from right away so it is advisable to upgrade as soon as possible.

Upgrading WordPress is very straight forward, the easiest and most popular way is to utilise the automatic update option that you see when you login to your administration area, it is the yellow bar at the top of the page which you can click the link and you will be taken to the Automatic Update page.

WordPress Upgrade Process

Before upgrading your WordPress installation it is advisable to follow these three simple steps to ensure that your upgrade runs smoothly. Upgrading WordPress involves altering your website database structure and many of the ‘core’ WordPress files get replaced, some of these core files are utilised by the plug-ins or themes that you may have installed and if these plug-ins are not up to date or possibly not compatible with the new version of WordPress then your site may break and cause you a lot of time and effort to fix.

Back Up Your Existing WordPress Installation

In case you need to reinstate your site it is wise to take a backup of your WordPress site database. Your database contains all of your website posts and pages, so have a copy of it stored on your PC in case it will be required if you need to get your site back to how it was.

N.B. If you are a hosting client of eShop Hosts then you will have cPanel which allows you an easy back up facility for both your Website files and databases.

1. cpanel back up wizardLog in to your hosting cPanel and click the ‘Backup wizard’ icon.

2. On the next page, select the ‘Back up’ option and then on the next page select the ‘MySQL Databases’ option. You should now be presented with a list of databases that are currently set up for your hosting account. If you click the relavent database name for your WordPress installation that you are about to upgrade it will start to download a copy to your PC.

Disable WordPress Plugins

Before upgrading your WordPress installation it is advisable to disable any plugins that are active on your website. This isn’t an essential step but if on of your active plugins hasn’t been updated by the plugin creator to work with the latest version of WordPress then it potentially can cause a problem after your upgrade. Plugins are straight forward to disable by utilising the ‘Manage Plugins’ page in the WordPress Admin area and selecting the “Bulk Actions” pull down menu with the “Deactivate” option highlighted and then clicking “Apply”.

Automatic WordPress Update

Once you have completed the first two steps you can now click the ‘Please Update Now’ message in the yellow bar at the top of your WordPress Admin pages and after confirming that you have a back up etc the automatic WordPress updating will take a few minutes to upgrade your database and replace the required files.

Once this is completed you can reactivate your Plugins and all going well your WordPress should function without any issue. If your site appears to be broken in any way then deactivate all the plugins again and then reactivate them one by one, checking your website after each one being turned on to identify if the problem is due to one of your plugins.

For detailed instructions on how to update your WordPress installation you can read more here.

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