Manually updating WordPress

Overview #

Keeping your WordPress site up to date is an essential step in running a secure and functional website. All One-Click installs in the panel are always set to update automatically (unless you specifically turn it off). If your site is not a One-Click install, you will need to manually update it. This article walks you through different ways to manually update your WordPress website.

Before you begin #

Before you make any changes to your site, it's a good idea to make a backup of your WordPress installation. View the following articles for further information on backing up your website:

Updating your core WordPress files #

You can use either the WordPress dashboard or wp-cli to update your core WordPress files.

Via the WordPress dashboard #

  1. Log into your WordPress site.blank
  2. On the left menu, choose 'Dashboard > Updates'.blank
  3. Click the Update Now button.

Via wp-cli #

  1. Log into your server via SSH.
  2. Navigate to your website's directory.
  3. Run the following command to download and install the updated WordPress files:
[server]$ wp core update

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