By Amanda Karen | CrunchSum
It’s that time again! Updating your WordPress site to the most current version is made easy by following this step-by-step tutorial. If you use Bluehost to host your WordPress site, then this tutorial is for you.
Step 1: Backup Your Files Through Bluehost
Login to your Bluehost account and go to your cPanel tab.
Create a backup of all of your WordPress website files by selecting Site Backup & Restore under Files.
Select the Full cPanel Backup. This ensures that you are obtaining the most comprehensive backup of your website files.
You will then be prompted to choose the version of your website files to backup. Choose Daily System Backup to ensure you are backing up the most current files. Save the backup file created accordingly.
Click Start Archiving and then Click Here To Download to obtain and save a copy of your website files in .tar form.
Step 2: Deactivate Your Plugins
You will always want to deactivate your plugins because it is sometimes the case that some will not be compatible with the latest version of WordPress. Not deactivating them can also cause problems during the update. You will reactivate your plugins after the update has successfully completed.
To deactivate all plugins, go to your WordPress Dashboard, select all plugins, choose Deactivate and click Apply.
Step 3: Update WordPress
When you login to your Bluehost account, there will be a notification that one of your scripts (in this case WordPress) has an upgrade available. Choose to upgrade to the most current version.
Step 4: Confirm Upgrade was Successful
Confirm that your site looks and functions the way it did prior to the upgrade. If you need to restore your website back to the previous version, simply click Restore.
Step 5: Reactivate Plugins
You can either choose to reactivate your plugins one by one or all at once.
Step 6: Ensure Site is Working Correctly
The most common source of problems after updating WordPress will be plugin related. This is because some plugins will not be compatible with the latest WordPress version. If your site is not working as expected please refer to Step 6 in my previous tutorial to try to deduce where the problem is coming from.
Step 7: Enjoy Your Updated Site!
Updating your WordPress site can be overwhelming and just seem like one more thing to add to your to-do list. The good news is Bluehost makes this process very easy!
Did you encounter any problems with your update? Was a step missed? Leave a comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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