How To Upgrade Your Blog to the Latest Version of WordPress

WordPress v2.8 was released on June 11, 2009. It contains new features that will make it a must have upgrade for most users, as well as over 270 bug fixes. Here’s how to upgrade safely.

First, make sure your blog is already running WordPress v2.7 or v2.71. If it is not, you’ll need to use an older upgrade method.

If you have an earlier version (WordPress 2.5 or 2.6, for instance), download and install the WP Automatic Upgrade Plugin. You can still find it at the WordPress Plugin Directory Use this plugin to get your blog updated to the most current version.

If you have WordPress v2.7 or 2.71, use WordPress’s built in automatic upgrade – do not use the plugin. Beginning with version 2.7, WordPress incorporated an automated upgrade routine. It is still not as smooth or reliable as the old plugin, but it is easy to use.

If you take the proper precautions before you upgrade, the process should take only a minute or two.

First, back up your blog. Do not skip this step! You can download and install the Automtic Database Backup plugin directly through the WordPress Dashboard. Click on Plugins and then click on Add new. Search for “backup” and select and install WP-DB-Backup.

Once it is installed, run a manual backup and save it to your server.

Next, disable all plugins.

Now it is safe to run WordPress’s automatic upgrade by clicking on the Upgrade Now link at the top of your Dashboard. It will take a few seconds, and each step will be reported.

When the upgrade is complete, you’ll get a notice that it was successful, followed by a notice to update your database.

Once you update the database, you blog will be running WordPress 2.8.

Now go back to the Plugin area of your dashboard and reactivate your plugins. Also, while you are there, update any that have new versions available. Just click on the Automatic Upgrade link under the plugin’s description.

You are now ready to take advantage of WordPress’s newest features, inclucing

  • Automtic Theme installation
  • Improved Widget management
  • Color coded syntax editing in the Template editor