Upgrading WordPress


Upgrading WordPress CMS for your website should be on your “must do” list. When a new version of WordPress is available you will receive an update message in your WordPress Admin Screen.

There are two methods for updating – the easiest is the one-click update, which will work for most sites. If it doesn’t work, or you just prefer to be more hands-on, you can follow the manual update process. If you have automatic updates, you don’t have to lift a finger. I’m going to walk you through one-click updates below.

Back up WordPress

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to back up your website through your hosting provider or 3rd party tool. This means if there are any issues you can restore your website.

One-click Update

WordPress lets you update with the click of a button.  You can launch the update by clicking the link in the new version banner (if it’s there) or by going to the Dashboard > Updates screen. Once you are on the “Update WordPress” page, click the button “Update Now” to start the process off. You shouldn’t need to do anything else and, once it’s finished, you will be up to date. One-click updates work on most servers. If you have any problems, it is probably related to permissions issues on the filesystem.


If anything goes wrong, then the first thing to do is go through all the steps in the WordPress extended upgrade instructions. That page also has information about some of the most common problems.

If you experience problems after the upgrade, you can always restore your backup and replace the files with ones from your previous version from the release archive or contact Courtland’s support desk and we can assist. Would you like to learn more about why upgrades are necessary? Check out our Benefits of Upgrading your Website blog.