Upgrading your WordPress installation manually

This topic is not for people who have blogs on WordPress.com; blogs over there are always on an updated version of the WordPress platform. This is for people who have WordPress Blogs hosted on a server elsewhere. When logging into the Admin mode of your WordPress Blog, you get a Dashboard that displays the version number of the WordPress currently in use. Refer the image below from my travel blog (Travel Spots) where you can see information about the current version of the WordPress installation and whether you need to upgrade. If the WordPress tells you that you need to upgrade, then you really should.

Wordpress version number shown in the WordPress Dashboard

Upgrading is normally recommended for WordPress users since upgrades:
1. Solve security and other issues
2. Are more compatible with newer plugins and themes
3. Normally, you get newer functionality with these upgrades, some of this functionality can be useful

So how do you go in for an upgrade of the WordPress installation ? Well, the steps to use are detailed on the WordPress Page (link). Details are available the WordPress page, but here are the summary steps:
Step 0: Before You Get Started
Step 1: Replace WordPress files
Step 2: Upgrade your installation

If you find something does not work in the middle of this upgrade process, then you need to go in for trouble-shooting (link) – these are more detailed instructions that you need to follow.

Of course, there is a simpler way where if your Hosting service provides you with a 1-click took for maintenance (for my Host, there is something called Fantastico Deluxe), where you can just click on the upgrade link and that automatically upgrades your installation of WordPress painlessly (caution: during the upgrade, it provides some backup information. You should copy this information, so that if there is something that has gone wrong, you can contact your hosting service help and get them to work with you on this).

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