Already you know wordpress is one of the best CMS. Today many bloggers used wordpress to create their blogs. Often wordpress released new version with new functionality and in wordpress admin panel it will ask new version available Please update now. You can update wordpress automatically or by manually. I always prefer update it automatically because it is an easy one and do not take much time to update. But in some cases when you update it automatically it shows error message and will not get update at that time you need to update it manually.
You may ask is there chance to problem occurred when update it automatically? Mostly the chance is less to problem occurred. For me when I tried to update one of the client wordpress site automatically it throws an error message and didn’t get update. So I update it manually and it get updated successfully.
Now I am going to teach you how to update wordpress manually in step by step. Before continue I assume that you how to use ftp, because you are going to do it through ftp.
Step 1: Backup files and Database
In first step you need to backup of your wordpress file and database which is more important. The important folder you need to backup is wp-content folder because in this folder only all your plugins, uploaded files and themes are present.
Step 2: Deactivate all Plugins
In second step you need to deactivate all your plugins from your plugin management panel.
You may ask why I need to deactivate all plugins. In order to avoid problem with happened with new version you should deactivate it. Because some plugin may not work with the new version and it shows error in your site. After completing update you can update it.
Step 3: Overwrite your files
In this step you are going to overwrite your old files with new files. First download Latest version of wordpress from wordpress site.
You can do overwrite process in two methods.
Method 1: In this method you are going to upload your downloaded files and replace the exist files. By this method you can save your uploaded images and themes.
Method 2: In this you are going to delete all your old files and then uploaded your new files. By this method you can assure all old files are get replace by new version files.
Generally Second method is best one because in first method you didn’t know whether all files are get replaced or not and if any files didn’t get replaced means it will throws an error.
Step 4: Run the Upgrade Script
After overwriting all old files with new version files Go to upgrade page(http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/upgrade.php) and upgrade it.
Step 5: Reactivate your plugin
Almost you done now it is the last step in this step you are going to reactivate all your plugin one by one in plugin management panel. After reactivating please check all plugin works correctly or not because may be some plugin will not work with new version.
That’s it you successfully update your wordpress site manually. I hope you will use this method for manual update of wordpress. If you have any feedback please commented it below.