- 1 Detailed Instructions
- 1.1 Overview of the Upgrade Process
- 1.2 Detailed Upgrade Instructions for 1.5.x, 2.0.x, 2.1.x, or 2.2.x to 5.3
- 1.2.1 Step 1: Back up your database
- 1.2.2 Step 2: Back up ALL your WordPress files
- 1.2.3 Step 3: Verify the backups
- 1.2.4 Step 4: Deactivate ALL your Plugins
- 1.2.5 Step 5: Ensure first four steps are completed
- 1.2.6 Step 6: Download and extract the WordPress package
- 1.2.7 Step 7: Delete the old WordPress files
- 1.2.8 Step 8: Upload the new files
- 1.2.9 Step 9: Run the WordPress upgrade program
- 1.2.10 Step 10: Update Permalinks and .htaccess
- 1.2.11 Step 11: Install updated Plugins and Themes
- 1.2.12 Step 12: Reactivate Plugins
- 1.2.13 Step 13: Review what has changed in WordPress
- 2 Other languages
- 3 Troubleshooting
- 4 Old Upgrade Information
Overview of the Upgrade Process
- Backup your database. Read Backing Up Your Database for a detailed explanation.
- Backup ALL your WordPress files in your WordPress directory. Don't forget your .htaccess file.
- Verify the backups you created are there and usable. This is essential.
- Deactivate ALL your Plugins.
- Ensure first four steps are completed. Do not attempt the upgrade unless you have completed the first four steps.
- Download and extract the WordPress package from http://wordpress.org/download/.
- Delete the old WordPress files on your site, but DO NOT DELETE
wp-contentfolder; Special Exception: the
wp-content/plugins/widgetsfolders should be deleted.
wp-includes/languages/folder--if you are using a language file do not delete that folder;
.htaccessfile--if you have added custom rules to your
.htaccess, do not delete it;
robots.txtfile--if your blog lives in the root of your site (ie. the blog is the site) and you have created such a file, do not delete it.
- Upload the new files from your computer's hard drive to the appropriate WordPress folder on your site.
- Run the WordPress upgrade program and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Update Permalinks and .htaccess. Update your Permalink Structure and merge the custom rules, if necessary, into your .htaccess file.
- Install updated Plugins and Themes. Please review the list of Plugins that work in Version 5.3. Check for Theme Compatibility with 5.3 and ask your Theme author for any new version.
- Reactivate Plugins
- Review what has changed in WordPress.
That's the overview of the upgrade process. Please continue reading the Detailed Upgrade Instructions.
Remember, if you do encounter problems, re-read the Instructions below to insure you've followed the proper procedures and consult Troubleshooting: Common Installation Problems.
Detailed Upgrade Instructions for 1.5.x, 2.0.x, 2.1.x, or 2.2.x to 5.3
The following are the instructions that explain the above steps in more detail. Please read all of the instructions before starting.
Step 1: Back up your database
Perform a backup of your database. All of your WordPress data, such as Users, Posts, Pages, Links, and Categories, are stored in your MySQL database. Please read Backing Up Your Database for a detailed explanation of this process.
It is extremely important to back up your database before beginning the upgrade. If, for some reason, you find it necessary to revert back to the 'old' version of WordPress, you may have to restore your database from these backups.
Step 2: Back up ALL your WordPress files
Back up ALL of your files in your WordPress directory and your .htaccess file. Typically, this process involves using an FTP program to download ALL your WordPress files from your host to your local computer. Please read Backing Up Your WordPress Site for further explanation.
If you have made changes to any core WordPress files, or if you've got customized Plugins or Themes, you will want to have a good backup of those files. It is extremely important to back up your files before beginning the upgrade. If for some reason you find it necessary to revert back to the 'old' version of WordPress you will need to upload these files.
Step 3: Verify the backups
Verify that the backups you created are there and usable. This is the most important step in the upgrade process! The verification process involves making sure you can see the backup files on your local computer (or wherever you've stored them) and that you can navigate into any sub-folders. If the files are in a zip file, make sure you can open the zip file.
Step 4: Deactivate ALL your Plugins
In your Administration panel, under the Plugins choice, deactivate any Plugins. Because of the changes to WordPress, some Plugins may conflict with the upgrade process.
Step 5: Ensure first four steps are completed
If you have not completed the first four procedures, STOP, and do them! Do not attempt the upgrade unless you have completed the first four steps.
The best resource for problems with your upgrade is the WordPress Support Forums, and if you have problems, the volunteers at the WordPress Support Forums will likely ask if you have completed the first four steps.
Step 6: Download and extract the WordPress package
Download and unzip the WordPress package from http://wordpress.org/download/.
- If you will be uploading WordPress to a remote web server, download the WordPress package to your computer with your favorite web browser and unzip the package.
- If you have shell access to your web server, and are comfortable using console-based tools, you may wish to download WordPress directly to your web server. You can do so using wget , lynx or another console-based web browser, which are valuable if you want to avoid FTPing. Place the package in a directory parallel to your current wordpress directory (like "uploads," for example). Then, unzip it using: gunzip -c wordpress-5.3.tar.gz | tar -xf - or by using: tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz
The WordPress package will be extracted into a folder called wordpress.
Step 7: Delete the old WordPress files
Why Delete? Generally, it is a good idea to delete whatever is possible because the uploading (or upgrading through cPanel) process may not correctly overwrite an existing file and that may cause problems later.
DO NOT DELETE these folders and files:
wp-includes/languages/folder--if you are using a language file, do not delete this folder;.
.htaccessfile--if you have added custom rules to your
.htaccess, do not delete it;
- Custom Content and/or Plugins--if you have any images or other custom content or Plugins inside the
wp-contentfolder, do NOT delete them.
Delete these Files and Folders:
wp-* (except for those above), readme.html, wp.php, xmlrpc.php, and license.txt;files; Typically files in your root or wordpress folder. Again, don't delete the
wp-includesfolder; If using a language file remember don't delete the
wp-content/cachefolder; You only see this folder if you are upgrading FROM WordPress 2.0.
wp-content/plugins/widgetsfolder; You only see this folder if you previously installed the Sidebar Widgets plugin. The Sidebar Widgets code conflicts with the built-in widget ability.
How to Delete? There are several ways to delete the files from your WordPress site. You can use your FTP Client, or if you have access to Telenet or SSH you can use that. Some host providers also provide the ability to delete files and folders.
- Using FTP to delete files and folders
- The same FTP client you use for uploading can be used to delete files and folders. If your FTP client does not appear to permit you to delete non-empty folders, check the available options for your FTP client. You'll usually find an option that permits deleting non-empty folders. Deleting non-empty folders is a quick and thorough method cleaning out an old installation of WordPress. It is recommended that once the deleting is done, you switch back to the original setting for safety reasons.
- Using Telnet or SSH to delete file
- If you have a command-line login (telnet or ssh), you can enter the following commands to make backup copies of the files you need to keep and to delete ONLY the wordpress files in your directory (plus .htaccess). If you've customized other files (like
index.php) not included by the
cpcommands below, copy them as well:
cp wp-config.php .htaccess backup
cp -R wp-content backup
rm wp*.php .htaccess license.txt readme.html xmlrpc.php
rm -rf wp-admin wp-includes
cp backup/wp-config.php .
- After you have finished with the upgrade, you can restore any customizations to your templates or plugins from your backup directory. For example, use
cp backup/index.php .to restore
- Alternatively, using SSH, you could copy
wp-config.php, .htaccess, and any content files you've added or altered into the new wordpress directory. Then, rename the old one (to archive it), and move the new one into its place.
Step 8: Upload the new files
With the new upgrade on your local computer, and using FTP, upload the new files to your site server just as you did when you first installed WordPress. See Using FileZilla and Uploading WordPress to a remote host for detailed guidelines in using an FTP Client to upload.
NOTE: If you did not delete the
wp-content folder, you will need to overwrite some files during the upload.
wp-content folder holds your WordPress Themes and Plugins. These should remain. Upload everything else first, then upload only those WordPress files that are new or changed to your new
wp-content folder. Overwrite any old versions of default plugins with the new ones.
The WordPress default theme has changed so you will want to upload the
wp-content/themes/default folder. If you have custom changes to the default theme, those changes will need to be reviewed and installed after the upgrade.
Step 9: Run the WordPress upgrade program
Run the WordPress upgrade script by accessing wp-admin/upgrade.php in your favorite web browser and follow the instructions presented on your screen.
- If WordPress is installed in the root directory, point your browser to: http://example.com/wp-admin/upgrade.php
- If WordPress is installed in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, point your browser to: http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/upgrade.php
In your Options->Permalinks panel update your Permalink Structure and, if necessary, place the rules in your .htaccess file. Also see Using Permalinks for details regarding Permalinks and the .htaccess file.
Step 11: Install updated Plugins and Themes
Please review the list of Plugins that work in Version 2.2.x. You will want to upload and install any new versions of your Plugins and Themes. Check with the author of those Plugins and Themes for the updated versions.
Step 12: Reactivate Plugins
Use your Administration Panel, Plugins, to activate your Plugins.
Step 13: Review what has changed in WordPress
Please review these resources to see what's new in WordPress:
Special note for Fantastico Upgrades
When using the Fantastico upgrade process to upgrade from a pre-Version 2.2, Fantastico will use the wp-config-sample.php file to regenerate a new wp-config.php file. By doing this, two new values, DB_CHARSET and DB_COLLATE, are placed into the wp-config.php file. Those lines should be deleted from your wp-config.php if you are upgrading from a pre-Version 2.2 (like 2.0.10 or 2.1.3) to Version 5.3. A detailed explanation about DB_CHARSET and DB_COLLATE can be found in Editing wp-config.php.
|Language (english, native)||Version (new to old)||Remark|
|Chinese, 简体中文||2.2.1 to 2.2.2, 2.1 to 2.2, 2.1.2 to 2.1.3, 2.1 to 2.1.1, 2.0.7 to 2.0.9, 2.0.6 to 2.0.7, 2.0.4 to 2.0.5|
|Hungarian, magyar nyelv||2.1.2 to 2.1.3, 2.x to 2.1, none specified|
|Italian, italiano||none specified, none specified|
|Spain, Castellano||2.2 to 2.2.1, 2.2.1 to 2.2.2|
|Thai, ภาษาไทย||2.0.3 to 2.0.4|
|Turkish, Türkçe||none specified, none specified|
|Ukrainian, украї́нська мо́ва||2.0.x to 2.1, 2.0.5 to 2.0.6, 2.0.4 and 2.0.5 to 2.0.6, 2.0.4 to 2.0.5|
- Scrambled Layout or Errors
- If your blog looks scrambled now or features line errors, an old plugin that doesn't work with the new code may be the culprit. In your WordPress Administration Panel, deactivate all plugins that do not come with WordPress by default. Re-activate them one by one.
- Made Custom Changes/Hacks?
- If you have made changes to other WordPress files ("hacked" WordPress), you are supposed to keep track of your changes. You will have to transfer your edits into the new code. WordPress Versions lists the files that have changed in each release.
- Resist Using Old Code
- Upgrading gives you the newest and best code. Using your old code, no matter how much you have customised it, almost certainly will cause problems. The temptation just to use your old modified code will be great, but the chances of errors are much greater.
- Can I Go Back to Old Versions
- You can, but it is usually not recommended to rollback (revert) your current version to an older version. That is because newer versions often include security updates and a rollback may put your site at risk. Second, the change between the database structure between versions may cause complications in maintaining your site content, posts, comments, and plugins that are dependent upon the information stored in the database. If you are still intent on this, proceed at your own risk. Please note, that without a backup of your entire site and your database, made prior to your upgrade attempt, a successful rollback is near impossible. Delete all WordPress files except for wp-config. Upload the files from your backup to your server and restore your database backup. Remember, you must have good backups for the rollback to work. For older WordPress versions, a rollback might not work.
- Get More Help
- If you get any errors following an upgrade, check Troubleshooting: Common Installation Problems, Troubleshooting, and the Codex Installation Category of Articles. If you can't find an answer, post a clear question on the WordPress Suppport Forums. You will be asked if you have used any old code. You'll be told to change it then, so you may as well change it now :)
Old Upgrade Information
If you are considering upgrading to WordPress Version 5.3, but you are at Version 1.2, then follow the 1.2 to 1.5 upgrade as describe in Upgrading From WordPress Version 1.2 to 1.5. Once you are upgraded to Version 1.5.x, then follow the instructions as listed above to upgrade from 1.5 to 5.3.