How To Update WordPress Manually Using FTP

How To Update WordPress Manually Using FTP

How To Update WordPress manuallyIn this tutorial you will learn how to perform WordPress installation upgrades and software updates manually using FTP.

Some web hosting environments or configuration settings can create problems for the WordPress auto-update feature.

If you cannot use the “Automatic Upgrade” feature, then watch the video below and complete the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to upgrade WordPress manually using FTP.

Note: We also recommend using this method to upgrade your WordPress version if you do not host your WordPress site on a server with cPanel.

How To Install WordPress Manually Using FTP

Updating WordPress Manually (FTP) – Step By Step Tutorials

WordPress automatically notifies you inside your administration area when there is a new update …

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You can see which version of WordPress you are currently using and what the latest WordPress version is from your WordPress dashboard …

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Downloading The Latest WordPress Version

Download the latest WordPress installation upgrade files. This can be done either by visiting http://www.wordpress.org and clicking on the “Download” tab …

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… or from within your WordPress administration dashboard by clicking on the “Update to X.X.X” button …

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… and choosing the download option …

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Always backup your WordPress site, including your database and files before updating WordPress. This way you will be able to restore your site if anything goes wrong!

Organization Tip: We recommend creating a folder for your WordPress downloads (e.g. wp updates), and a new folder inside that one for each new version you download (e.g. “WP 3.5.1”). This will help you stay organized in case you ever need to revert to a previous version of WordPress.

Save your downloaded WordPress zip file to your hard drive:

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After the zip file containing the updated WordPress files has finished downloading, extract (unzip) the file …

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Open the unzipped folder and delete the “wp-content” folder inside …

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Deleting the “wp-content” ensures that you won’t accidentally overwrite any of your plugin or theme settings during the update process.

The latest version of WordPress is now ready to be uploaded to your site.

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To upload your WordPress files using FTP, use the uncompressed modified version of the upgrade file you have downloaded into your WordPress downloads folder.

Note: This method takes a little longer than the cPanel method (explained in a separate tutorial), because each file needs to be uploaded individually to your server. In the cPanel method you upload just one zip file containing all of the upgrade files and then extract the file directly inside the server, replacing the old version files.

Uploading WordPress Files Manually Using FTP

Launch your FTP application, and locate the folder containing your WordPress upgrade files …

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Make sure you have also selected the correct destination folder in your server to upload your files to. Your files need to be uploaded into the directory where your existing WordPress installation is located (i.e. the root directory or a subfolder) …

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Also, make sure that you select the “Auto” method of transfer or its equivalent in your FTP software before you begin transferring files …

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Select all the files in your WordPress upgrade folder and click the “upload” button to begin uploading files to your server …

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A dialog box will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to overwrite existing files in the destination folder. Select “Overwrite All” to continue …

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Your files will be uploaded from your hard drive to your server, replacing the existing files in your destination folder …

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After all files have been uploaded, log out of your FTP application and log into your WordPress administration area …

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As soon as you log in, you may be greeted by a message informing you that a Database update is required. If this message pops up in your screen, click on “Update WordPress Database” to update your WordPress database …

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You will be notified if the update is successful with another message window. Click on “Continue” to proceed …

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You will be taken to your WordPress dashboard …

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Your WordPress upgrade installation has been successfully completed.

Note: Use the cPanel or the FTP upgrade method to update WordPress if you experience any problems using the built-in automatic WordPress update feature.

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