Before you get started, make sure you meet the minimum requirements.
Three Step Upgrade
These are the short instructions, if you want more check out the extended upgrade instructions.
For these instructions, it is assumed that your blog's URL is
http://example.com/wordpress/. Note that during the upgrade process access to your blog may not work for your visitors. You may consider a plugin like Maintenance Mode.
Step 0: Before You Get Started
- Just in case something goes wrong, it never hurts to have a backup. We have extensive instructions to help you out.
- A plugin might not be compatible with the new version, so it's nice to check for new versions of them and deactivate any that may cause problems. You can reactivate plugins one-by-one after the upgrade.
Step 1: Replace WordPress files
- Get the latest WordPress. Either download and extract it to your computer or download it directly to the server.
- Copy the new files to your server, overwriting old files. You may use FTP or shell commands to do so.
Watch out for your important stuff in the
wp-content folder, like plugins and themes.
Step 2: Upgrade your installation
- Visit the upgrade page. It will be at a URL like
http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/upgrade.php. This updates your database to be compatible with the latest code, and before you do this your blog might look funny.
Step 3: Do something nice for yourself
Your WordPress installation is successfully upgraded. That's as simple as we can make it without using Subversion.
Consider rewarding yourself with a blog post about the upgrade, reading that book or article you've been putting off, or simply sitting back for a few moments and let the world pass you by.
If anything has gone wrong the first thing to do is go through all the steps in our extended upgrade instructions. That page also has information about some of the most common problems we see.