WordPress Update Available – How to Update Safely

If you’re reading this, you probably have WordPress installed as your Content Management System. You’ve heard all the nightmares stories about how updating can break your website. Well, unfortunately that’s true.

To ensure that you’re safe before you update WordPress, follow the steps below and/or watch the video on how to update WordPress safely.


  • Login to your Administration section (* If you do not know your username/password, click the forgot password link and follow the procedures emailed to you to reset your password.)
  • Click on Plugins in the left navigation bar.
  • Click on Add New to add a new plugin.
  • In the searchbox, type “backupwordpress”.
  • In the search results, click on the “Install Link”
  • Click on the “Activate Link”.
  • Click on “Tools” in the left navigation bar.
  • click on “Backups”
  • Click on “Settings”
  • In the first drop down, change selection to “Both Database & Files”
  • Complete the other fields as you see fit.
  • Click “Update”
  • Now you’re back on the main “Manage Backups” Page
  • Click “Run Now” to generate a backup of your sites files and database.
  • When the Backup completes, download it by click “Download” in the Action center of the table. (This will download the backup to your computer)

Now that you have a backup in case something goes wrong, follow these steps to update the WordPress Platform.

  • Click on “Please Update Now” at the top of your site. It will be in a yellow box at the very top of your site. If you don’t see it, click on Dashboard in the top left corner and then choose updates.
  • You will see a message that says “An updated version of WordPress is available.”. Under that, click “Update Now”.
  • The update will begin and should take no longer than 1-2 minutes.

After the update is complete, please go to the front end of your website and make sure that nothing is broken. If you notice anything not working, or the design is messed up, restore the backup you created by importing the database through phpmyadmin and restoring the site files through cpanel or FTP and the site will go back to normal. If you can’t get the site to update, contact us, and we’ll provide you with a free quote to get the site updated.