Do you know to update WordPress automatically or manually?

Do you know to update WordPress automatically or manually?

Is it possible to update WordPress without any technical knowledge? Some used to think that updating WordPress is an easy task but what if it gets complicated in middle? Do you have any backup option to proceed further?

Hopefully, this article will give you more information regarding the WordPress updates. If the update gets failure it shows up the reflection in a few points such as
  • It breaks the website performance
  • Malfunction of plugins
  • Incompatibility of themes
There is an option for you to check the WordPress website before getting into live.

Why do you need an update in WordPress?

WordPress team will be releasing the update often to improve your stability and features in the platform. An update is important to improve speed & performance, patches in security, bug fix, and version update.

Your current update is not enough for your performance. Each update brings a new feature and setup so keep on updating the new feature without fail. It avoids hacker entry to secure your database. You know well that themes and plugins are individual so, they will be mingling with the WordPress activity.

WordPress keeps an update on all the settings on your website. It gives a notification for you to update the WordPress or else the themes and plugins will be incompatible with your older WordPress version.

So, we bring two types of update process here such as steps for before WordPress update and steps for after WordPress update.

Steps for before WordPress update:

Step 1:
Check whether the update covers all the features such as bug fix, performance, patches in security, etc. Based on the requirement, you can run the update carefully.

Step 2: Look out for the PHP version in WordPress. Both backend and frontend need the update in the PHP version. Sometimes, you will notification by saying the PHP older version is not supported, in that case, you need to go for a new update.

Before that, check the latest version of PHP in your account of web hosting. Go to your cPanel and then select “phpMyAdmin”. It gives the detailed feature of the latest version one by one.

Step 3: There are a greater number of forums available on the internet. You can go through any one of them for knowing more about the update and troubleshoot. Like us, many used to upload their problem and its solution while updating WordPress.

You will get an idea before starting up the update.

Step 4: People used to have more websites, in that case, they need to every thing about their website in detail. Some used to think that all the website has the same features and customization. It differs based on the plugins and themes you use.

Step 5: Cache plugins update: We use the cache plugin to know the content and its page. Whenever you run the update, it fails to recognize the new content. So, turn it off.

By now, you would know the importance of running updates in WordPress.

Now, let’s start the process:

Backup:
Take a backup of your website whenever you want to do some changes.

Staging website creation: Most of them won’t know much about creating a staging website. This process is creating a clone website of your website.

Run update & Test: Use the cloned website for running the update and make a test whether it goes without any problem. It makes your way easy to run a real website.

The test runs more features such as:
  • It checks all your menus like contact page, blog page, cart page, checkouts, etc.
  • If you have the input fields, it checks in detail.
  • Layouts in theme and buttons check are a priority.
  • Use tools to check the broken pages and the images.
  • Connect with other devices to check the proper connection and service
  • Check the browser input such as Mozilla, Chrome, and Safari.
Merge: Now, your staging website works well without problem. Start merging the staging website with the live website.

Test: Again, test the live website after merging with the staging website.

What other problems you may get while updating?
  • Messages declaring that the update gets failed due to some technical issue
  • Warning message or normal error states the current situation
  • You may get heard with the white screen of death right it's none other than a broken website
  • The themes and plugins are not supported to your new release of WordPress
  • You don’t have permission to create or edit the post
  • WooCommerce website goes out of your control
Here’s the solution for above-listed problems:
  • Backing up the website is very important before doing any task.
  • Go through the forums for ideas and technical knowledge
  • Get the new version of PHP or else it won’t be compatible with your WordPress version
  • Increase the limitation of PHP so that, the server can take up more resource
  • Not only the limitation of PHP try increasing the PHP memory too
  • Disable plugins that bring you problem
  • The same applies to themes. Just turn off the themes that bring problem
Let us try updating the WordPress in a Manual process:

Use FTP:
FTP helps to get connect with your backend process. Use the web hosting account to use the FTP. Start entering the credentials to login and then then you will be displayed with four panels such as local site and remote site.

The local site is located on the left side of the page and the remote site is located on the right side.

WordPress update:

Step 1:
Check the latest version of WordPress and then download it. After download, open the file to select the folder “WordPress”

Step 2: Go back to the “Filezilla” and so you can see the folder “public_html” present on the right side.

You can see three folders as wp-includes, wp-admin, and wp-content.

Step 3: Check the new release of the WordPress folder. Install it and activate it.

Step 4: In your remote site, start deleting the files wp-includes and wp-admin. It's time to upload the wp-includes and wp-admin to the remote site.

Step 5: From the local site, open wp-content copy all those content into the folder of wp-content on the remote site. You should not delete wp-content in a remote site in any situation.

Step 6: Go to version.php to update the new version. If you get a message stating “database update required” kindly ignore it because sometimes it brings a white screen of death.

If it exists, try out the below solution:
  • Go to the cPanel and then select “PHPMyAdmin” for selecting the database. Choose the table wp_options and set the value for db_version.
  • From the folder wp_include, open the file version.php. Check the variable for $wp_db_version
  • Don’t change the values at any cause.
That’s it! It is easy to run the update in WordPress Manually.
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