Updating WordPress manually can be a daunting task, especially if you're not familiar with the process. But with the right guidance, it's actually quite simple. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps of updating WordPress manually, from accessing your server to updating plugins and themes. To update WordPress manually, you'll need access to the server.
This could be direct access if you're running a local copy of WordPress on your own computer system, or FTP access if you're running a live WordPress installation on a web server. WordPress determines which method you will use to connect to your server's file system based on the ownership of the WordPress files. If your files are owned by the web server user, you can update WordPress automatically. If not, you'll need to upgrade manually.
When a new version of WordPress is available, you'll receive an update message on the WordPress admin screens. To update, you'll need to check if there are any upcoming versions of WordPress, perform a backup, clear the website cache, and perform a PHP update. If you are upgrading in multiple versions, follow the procedure in Upgrading WordPress — Extended Instructions. Once you've updated WordPress itself, you'll need to update your plugins and themes separately. This process involves the same steps as updating WordPress itself. Updating WordPress manually can seem intimidating at first, but with the right guidance it's actually quite simple.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your WordPress site is up-to-date and secure.