Whenever there is an update or a major upgrade, updating WordPress is just a breeze as you only need to click a button displayed in your WordPress admin area. In fact, WordPress even updates itself automatically for all the minor updates. But there will be times where the update files in the middle of the process due to timed out errors or crashes. These special cases may cause temporary problems to your website and many longer be accessible. So in this quick guide, let us see how to manually update WordPress using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software.
BackUp your WordPress Website
Before doing anything, always make sure that you have a full backup of your WordPress website. You can easily backup your WordPress website using the built-in options in cPanle or using the plugins like BackWPUp or VaultPress. Never ever ignore this step whenever you are updating your WordPress site as the backup acts a like life saver in the time of need.
Uploading Files using FTP
Once you are done backing up your WordPress website, you need to download a fresh copy of the WordPress software from WordPress.org. Once you have download the WordPress software, extract the “wordpress” folder to your desktop. Now launch your favorite FTP software and login into your site’s FTP account.
Now upload all the files and folders(except the one’s listed below) inside the “wordpress” directory that you just downloaded into the root directory of your website.
- wp-content folder – If you have already installed plugins and custom themes, then it is a good thing to exclude this folder while you are uploading the files from your local machine to your web server. This folder contains all your themes, plugins and other uploaded attachments like images.
While uploading, you may receive an alert message like “Target file already exists.” Simply select the radio button “Overwrite” and then select the checkbox “Apply this to current queue only” and click on the “Ok” button.
That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully updated your WordPress site manually using FTP.
Updating WordPress Database
In some rare cases, you may receive “Database updates required” message when you visit your site. This happen whenever there are required database modifications in the WordPress release itself. In those cases, simple press the button “Update WordPress Database” and you are done.
The above action will automatically update the WordPress database as required.
Hopefully that helps and do comment below if you face any problems while updating WordPress manually using FTP.