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Upgrading WordPress

It’s good practice to upgrade WordPress using FTP than to use the auto-upgrade button inside your dashboard.

FTP does take longer than the one-click method “auto-upgrade method” but you’re much less likely to have problems.  Learn more about FTP and using FTP clients here.

Here’s how you do it:

1.  Log in to your FTP using an FTP program like Filezilla and navigate to the root of your website.
2.  Backup your entire WordPress install — you should be doing this regularly anyway!

  • Download all files except wp-content and store as backup

3.  Log into your WordPress install and de-activate all plugins
4.  Download the latest version of WordPress
5.  Unzip WordPress download file
6.  Upload new versions of the wp-admin and wp-includes directories by FTP
7.   Upload new versions of root files except wp-config.php by FTP
8.  Remove the theme folders from wp-content and then upload wp-content by FTP.

9.  On WordPress multisite

  • Log into your dashboard
  • Go to Upgrade >  Update Network in the Network Admin dashboard
  • Click Update Network.

10.  Go through and bug test all standard WordPress functionality to check everything is working properly
11.  Re-activate plugins, one by one, and check standard WordPress functionality as you activate each plugin to ensure everything is working properly


  • If you’re using BuddyPress, it’s advised for you to update both WordPress and BuddyPress at the same time.
  • You’ll experience a few funky jQuery issues if you don’t. They MUST be updated together.
  • BuddyPress 1.2.9 has been released to ensure full compatibility with WordPress 3.2
  • Make sure you deactivate BuddyrPress before upgrading your WordPress

Please refer to the following information if you are updating an install pre-WordPress 3.1.

  1. Important WP 3.0 Upgrade Instructions: PLEASE READ BEFORE UPDATING!
  2. How to Upgrade WPMU 2.9.2 to WordPress 3.0 in 5 Easy Steps
  3. Important: WordPress 3.1 Upgrade Information