Upgrading WordPress Manually/Automatically using ftp filezilla/Cpanel/Plugins
Reasons why Manually Upgrade wordpress website?
Every one today want upgraded lifestyles same applys to wordpress website ,so if you want your wordpress website to work on latest technology compare to say 1990 year old wordpress technology then you will surely understand the importance of upgrading wordpress technology.
I hope you all love todays upgraded lifestyles compare to say 1990 year old lifestyles which has its problems
Advantage of Upgrading wordpress website
Why Back Up WordPress website before Upgrading WordPress website?
The answer to Backing Up WordPress website is simple that is to have duplicate copy of your website if something goes wrong during Upgrading WordPress website process.
So how to start Back Up of WordPress website ?
There are manual ways and Automatic ways to Back Up of WordPress website
1.Manually Backing Up Your WordPress Database
The first step is to login to your Cpanel ,Cpanel url is in this format https://ABC.com/Cpanel where https://ABC.com is your website url.After logging in your Cpanel url example https://ABC.com/Cpanel and head to the File Manager as shown in below image, then navigate to the PhpMyAdmin section in cpanel as shown in below image.
Next click the PhpMyAdmin which will backup your website database automatically and easily
You will see the PhpMyAdmin screen as shown below ,select your website database ,so I will select database wp database as shown below
Now select export tab button you will see the PhpMyAdmin screen as shown below
Now select quick option and then Go option to start WordPress database backup
That’s all, you have successfully made a manually WordPress database backup using PhpMyAdmin.
2.Manually Backing Up Your WordPress files and folder using FTP or Cpanel, the steps:
The first step is to log in to your Cpanel ,Cpanel url is in this format https://ABC.com/Cpanel where https://ABC.com is your website url.After logging in your Cpanel url example https://ABC.com/Cpanel and head to the File Manager as shown in below image, then navigate to the root directory of your website.
First make folder and name it FOLDERA ,Next go to folder were you have installed WordPress in your hosting where you will see all WordPress files and folders as shown in below image .
Now just click on select all as shown in below image to select all WordPress files and folders and press copy to copy all WordPress files and folders to our desired destination / FOLDERA .This will automatically copy all WordPress files and folders to our desired destination / FOLDERA.
This finish wordpress tutorial to do emtire FILEs BACKUP of WordPress files and folders.
1.Automatically Back Up Your whole WordPress website
You can also backup your WordPress website by installing best backup plugin like BackWPup readily available on the WordPress.org plugin directory.
To install the BackWPup plugin, login to your WordPress site as an admin, then
- Click on “Add New” under Plugins
- Search for “BackWPup”
- Click “Install Now” as shown in below image
Go to the BackWPup plugin’s Settings page after installing the BackWPup plugin as shown in below image
Configure backwpup settings as shown in below image
- Click the “Settings” link in the top-right menu
- Change the email address to be your own email address if needed. By default your admin email will be used.
- Change “0” to “7” to save the last 7 log files.
- Click “Save Change”
Create manual backup Job in backwpup
- Click “Jobs”
- Click “Add New”
- Lets give name for our Jobs as Manual Backup
- Uncheck the checkbox which says “Only send an e-mail if there are errors.” . If you want the notification you can check the checkbox as per your requirement.
- Click “Save Changes”
- Click the “Jobs” link to go back to the jobs listing screen
Next Click the “Run Now” link under the job you just created as shown in below image
It will start Backwpup job as shown in below image
You can ignore warning if its not important ,this will finish our backup wordpress tutorial using wordpress plugin
How to start Upgrading WordPress Manually?
1.Upgrading WordPress Manually using ftp filezilla
The first step is to go to https://wordpress.org/download/ official WordPress download page to download the latest Zip file of WordPress and extract it to a folder of your choice.
Don’t forget to backup all the WordPress files in the root directory including dot files like the .htacess file. Do check whether all of your backups are ok or not, most of the times incomplete or erroneous downloads lead to corrupted backups. Also make sure to open up your .sql files of the database in an editor so as to make sure that all of the required tables are present or not.
Now Deactivate all your active WordPress plugins on your WordPress installation.
Next delete the two directories with name wp-includes and the wp-admin folder ,but Do not Delete the following files: wp-config.php, wp-content folder.
If you feel your site is hacked then only delete /plugins/ folder located here wp-content/plugins/ along with /themes/ folder located here wp-content/themes/
You can delete the required two directories with name wp-includes and the wp-admin folder by logging via FTP using Filezilla or from the File Manager in your Cpanel or by using SSH to log in to your server using Putty or some other program and then send a command to delete those directories or specific files.
Next start uploading all of the new files that you got from the newly downloaded Zip from WordPress.org as shown in below images.
Open wp-config.php copy all content & paste in wp-config-sample.php and rename files wp-config-sample.php as wp-config.php
If there is no wp-config-sample.php file then directly upload wp-config.php file which completes our manual backup.
Now go to wordpress admin login page via www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/ and navigate to www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/upgrade.php, in case your website is installed in a directory then use the directory specific URL.
Now press update now as shown in below images to start updating wordpress website
After updating if you are unable to log in in your wordpress website then clear the cookies of your browser.
After updating wordpress website to the latest version of WordPress
Now is the time is to update your plugins so navigate to www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/update-core.php and press update to start updating wordpress plugins as shown in below images .
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