Keeping your WordPress website up-to-date is essential. It helps to protect you from security threats, and it’s also important from a performance standpoint. The more current your WordPress theme and plugins are, the better your site is going to perform. In this blog post, we are going to talk about how you can update your WordPress theme and plugins. Not just once but regularly so that your site is always secure and performing well. Keeping your website updated not only gives visitors a positive experience of your brand but also protects them from being exposed to malware or other security vulnerabilities.
Step 1: Back up your site
The very first thing you should do when you want to update your WordPress website is to back up your site. This way if anything goes wrong you can always revert to an earlier state. There are a few different ways you can do this: – Manual backup – This includes downloading a copy of your WordPress database and files. Make sure you do this regularly to avoid losing data and to have a recent backup. – WordPress Plugin – Many WordPress plugins can automate the whole process for you. This is particularly useful if you are not sure when to back up your site or you don’t have the time.
Step 2: Check Your WordPress Version
Before you start updating your WordPress site make sure you know which version you are currently running. You can find this by going to your WordPress dashboard and selecting version information in the general menu. – If the WordPress version is less than 4.0 then you should upgrade to 4.0 or higher immediately. – WordPress 4.0 was released in 2015 and included many new features and functionality. It also came with an updated user interface which many people disliked. Fortunately, it’s really easy to update to WordPress 4.0 if you are running a lower version. – The WordPress core update function can be found in the general menu of your WordPress dashboard. You can also download the latest version from WordPress.org.
Step 3: Update WordPress Core
The WordPress core is the underlying code that powers your site. It’s important to keep this updated as it often includes fixes for any bugs or issues. – To update the WordPress core go to Plugins > Editor and click the install button for the WordPress core update. – This will download and install the latest version of the core onto your site. Once it’s complete you can confirm the version you are running by again going to the general menu.
Step 4: Update Your Theme
The first thing you should do is check that your WordPress theme is compatible with the latest WordPress version. You can do this by visiting the support page of the theme you are using. – If the theme is not compatible with the latest version of WordPress you should not update the theme. – If the theme is compatible you can update it by going to the “Appearance” menu and selecting “Themes.” Once in the themes menu click “Update” next to the theme you are using. – You can also perform a search for a new theme that is compatible with your WordPress version. Make sure you check the reviews before you download it to make sure it’s compatible and of good quality.
Step 5: Update Your WordPress Plugins
The same rules apply to updating your WordPress plugins as to your WordPress theme. Make sure you check if the plugin is compatible with the latest WordPress version. – If it is you can go to “Plugins” and select “edit” next to the plugin you want to update. – If it is not you can either wait until the plugin has been updated or choose to update it manually. You can find the plugin files on your WordPress website in the “wp-content” folder.
Keeping your WordPress website updated is essential. It’s important to protect your site from security threats, and it’s important from a performance standpoint. The more current your WordPress theme and plugins are, the better your site is going to perform. When it comes to updating WordPress, it’s important to know when you should update and when you shouldn’t. The rule of thumb is that you should always be running the latest version of WordPress. This means you’re fully equipped with the latest features, plug-ins, and security patches. However, there is one exception to this rule: when you’re setting up a new site. In this case, you should run the latest version of WordPress, but you shouldn’t update while you’re still setting up your site.