Updating WordPress and keeping the system up to date is an important part of maintaining any WordPress website. The simplest way to update WordPress is by pressing a button or automatic update, but there are situations when the update must be done manually. Below we provide a detailed guide on manually updating WordPress, themes and plugins.

manually update WordPress, theme and plugins

Manual WordPress update

1. Back up

In case you use one of our hosting packages you have access to cPanel and backups of your website and database back up for 30 days. In this case, you can update WordPress without fear and return the page to an earlier date, if something goes wrong. If your hosting doesn’t offer automatic backups, create it yourself or with the help of a backup plugin.

2. Download the installation file

Download the latest version of WordPress from this link: Download | WordPress.org and unzip the zip file on your computer.

3. Manual WordPress update

Deactivating plugins

Before manually updating WordPress, it is advisable to deactivate all plugins on the site.

File transfer

After deactivating the plugins, go to cPanel and open public_html folder. There you will find the “wp-includes” and “wp-admin” folders. Delete them! Then upload the new “wp-includes” and “wp-admin” folders to public_html from the previously downloaded and unpacked wordpress.zip folders.

Open the “wp-content” folder on your server. Copy new files from the downloaded “wp-content” folder and transfer them to an existing folder that you previously opened on the server.

Existing unique files will not be removed. It will only replace existing files with new versions.

Replace all other files

Copy all other files from the root (“/”) directory of the new version of WordPress to public_html folder. This completes the manual wordpress update. Then refresh the WordPress website and update the database.

Updating database

Manually update WordPress plugins

And in this case it is desirable to make a backup of the website in case of an error. To manually update wordpress plugins, you also need the zip file of the plugin that you are updating.

In the dashboard , select the add-ons page and click on the “add new” button. Uploading a new version of an add-on that is already installed will display a warning with options offered to upgrade or cancel the installation. Confirming the upload of the add-on will update the add-on to the latest version.

Another way to update the plugins is possible through cPanel. Simply open the wp-content/plugins folder and upload the zip file of the WordPress plugin there. Unzip the file in that directory and go back to WordPress to the “Plugins” page and check the plugin version. It should be updated to the latest version!

Manually update a WordPress theme

WordPress themes can be updated in the same way as plugins. Download the latest version of the theme and go to the “Themes” page in the WordPress dashboard. Click on the “Add new” button and upload the theme zip file. If the theme is already installed, an option will be offered to upgrade the theme by replacing the old files with new ones. After that, make sure the latest version is installed and that’s it!

If this method of updating the theme fails, try uploading the zip file via cPanel. Unzip the zip file in the wp-content/themes/ folder.

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