How To Update WordPress Manually Using cPanel

Learn how to update your WordPress installation manually using cPanel.

How To Update Your WordPress Installation In The WordPress DashboardThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, you will learn how to update your WordPress installation manually using cPanel.

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How To Update WordPress Manually Using cPanel

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

If you cannot use the WordPress Auto Update feature, you can upgrade WordPress manually using cPanel.

How To Update WordPress Using cPanel – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

WordPress Update Available

(WordPress Update Available)

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

WordPress Update Required

(WordPress Update Required)

Downloading The Latest WordPress Version

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

Download The Latest WordPress Version From WordPress.org

(Download The Latest WordPress Version From WordPress.org)

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

Auto update button

… and choosing the download option …

Download WordPress Files

(Download WordPress Files For Manual Installation)

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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!

Learn about a great WordPress backup plugin that we recommend using to automate site backups here:

Tip

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 4.5.3”). This will help you stay organized in case you ever need to revert to a previous version of WordPress.

To learn more about creating an organized system for performing WordPress maintenance, see the tutorial below:

Save your downloaded WordPress zip file to your hard drive:

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

Open the unzipped folder and delete the ‘wp-content’ folder inside …

Updating WordPress

Important

Deleting the ‘wp-content’ folder ensures that your plugin or theme settings won’t be overwritten during the update process.

After deleting the “wp-content” folder from the file, compress (zip) the folder again …

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

Notes: In the above screenshot, you can see that there are two files called “wordpress” inside the latest version folder – one “zipped” file (i.e. compressed) and one “unzipped” file (uncompressed):

  1. Use the uncompressed file if uploading the contents of the folder using FTP
  2. Use the compressed (zipped) file if uploading the contents of the folder using cPanel

Uploading WordPress Files Manually Using cPanel

Note: If you don’t have access to cPanel, you will need to perform the upgrade installation using FTP. This process is explained in this tutorial.

After downloading and preparing your files for the upgrade installation, log into your cPanel administration area …

Updating WordPress

Select Files > File Manager

cPanel FileManager

Inside the ‘File Manager’ section, locate the directory in your server containing your existing WordPress installation and click on the ‘Upload’ link …

Updating WordPress

The ‘Upload files’ screen opens in a new window. Click on the Browse button (1), and locate the folder where you have downloaded and modified the WordPress upgrade file. Select the compressed upgrade installation file (2) and click Open to begin uploading the file (3) …

Updating WordPress

Your zip file will begin uploading into your server directory …

Updating WordPress

Once the file has been uploaded, close the ‘Upload files’ tab, then navigate to the ‘File Manager’ window …

Updating WordPress

Click on Reload to refresh the screen and display your newly uploaded upgrade installation file …

Updating WordPress

Locate and select the uploaded zip file (called “wordpress.zip” in the example below), then click on the Extract menu button …

Updating WordPress

A pop-up box appears in your window. Leave the settings as they appear and click the Extract File(s) button to begin decompressing all of the contents in your zipped file …

Updating WordPress

Once your file contents have been fully extracted, close the Extraction Results pop-up window …

Updating WordPress

Locate the folder containing all of the extracted files (it will have the same name as the zipped file) and double click on the folder to open it …

Updating WordPress

Click on Select all to select all of the files inside the extracted folder …

Updating WordPress

Click on the Move File button …

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The Move box displays on your screen. At the bottom of the window, you will see the current path where your extracted WordPress upgrade files are located …

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If you have been following the instructions in this tutorial correctly, your files only need to be moved one level up from the folder into which they have been extracted.

To move all of your selected files one level up …

(1) delete the last folder name from the path string (in this example the folder is called “wordpress”) – if you delete this folder from the path, your files will be moved into the directory above – in this case, the root directory (i.e. “public_html”),

(2) Click on Move File(s)

Updating WordPress

After all the WordPress upgrade files have been moved one level up, your current folder is going to be empty. Click on Up One Level to return to the directory containing all of your WordPress installation files …

Updating WordPress

Moving the new version files into your WordPress installation directory will automatically replace the existing files in the old version.

To check that your upgrade has been successful, log into your WordPress admin area …

WordPress Login Screen

Info

You may be greeted by a message informing you that a Database update is required. If this message pops up on your screen, click on the Update WordPress Database button to update your WordPress database …

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

You will be taken to your WordPress dashboard …

Your Site's Current WordPress Version

(Your Site’s Current WordPress Version)

Your WordPress upgrade installation has been successfully completed.

Congratulations! Now you know how to update your WordPress installation manually using cPanel.

See Also …

Next Step:

Now that you know how to update and maintain your WordPress installation software, the next step is to learn how to update and manage your WordPress plugins.

To learn more about updating and managing your WordPress plugins, see the tutorial below:

How To Update Your WordPress Installation In The WordPress Dashboard

(Source: Shutterstock)

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How To Update WordPress Manually Using FTP

Learn how to update your WordPress installation manually using FTP.

How To Update WordPress Manually Using FTPThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, you will learn how to update your WordPress installation manually using FTP.

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How To Update WordPress Manually Using FTP

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

If you cannot use the WordPress Automatic Update feature, you can upgrade WordPress manually using FTP.

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

Updating WordPress Manually (FTP) – Step By Step Tutorials

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

WordPress Update Available

(WordPress Update Available)

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

WordPress Update Required

(WordPress Update Required)

Downloading The Latest WordPress Version

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

Download The Latest WordPress Version From WordPress.org

(Download The Latest WordPress Version From WordPress.org)

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

Auto update button

… and choosing the download option …

Download WordPress Files

(Download WordPress Files For Manual Installation)

warning-icon

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!

Learn about a great WordPress backup plugin that can fully automate your site backups here:

Tip

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 4.5.3”). This will help you stay organized in case you ever need to revert to a previous version of WordPress.

To learn more about creating an organized system for performing WordPress maintenance, see the tutorial below:

Save your downloaded WordPress zip file to your hard drive:

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

Open the unzipped folder and delete the ‘wp-content’ folder inside …

Updating WordPress

Important Info

Deleting the ‘wp-content’ folder ensures that your plugin or theme settings won’t be overwritten during the update process.

After deleting the “wp-content” folder from the file, compress (zip) the folder again …

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

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 …

Updating WordPress

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) …

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

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 …

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

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

WordPress Login Screen

Important Info

You may be greeted by a message informing you that a Database update is required. If this message pops up on your screen, click on the Update WordPress Database button to update your WordPress database …

Updating WordPress

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

Updating WordPress

You will be taken to your WordPress dashboard …

Your Site's Current WordPress Version

(Your Site’s Current WordPress Version)

Your WordPress upgrade installation has been successfully completed.

Congratulations! Now you know how to update your WordPress installation manually using FTP.

See Also …

Next Step:

Now that you know how to update and maintain your WordPress installation software, the next step is to learn how to update and manage your WordPress plugins.

To learn more about updating and managing your WordPress plugins, see the tutorial below:

How To Update Your WordPress Installation In The WordPress Dashboard

(Source: Shutterstock)

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