24 Tips for Updating WordPress Manually

I have encountered error while updating new WordPress Version.

Despite multiple attempts to re-update and even trying with deactivating all the plugins, it still returns the same error message.

The message is not understandable. Google it and various search results return mostly related to plugins updating.

In the past, I have had no issues with WordPress Updating using from its interface.

So this problem is something that got me to learn how to update manually.

Below 24 tips for updating WordPress manually.

This post applies to updating WordPress from version 3.1 onwards.

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  1. Use cPanel File Manager to download the backup files after compressing them into zipped files.
  2. Always Backup. Automated available in cPanel, but I’m doing it manually. This breakdown into 3 steps.
  3. Folder public_html is compressed as first step for downloading backup.
  4. Compress the rest of the files and folders as the second step, except for folder public_html.
  5. Use CTRL key select and group the files and folders for compressing backup. Name the compressed file properly.
  6. The third step is to back up your databases from phpMyAdmin in cPanel. Use Export on top menu.
  7. Extract all the zipped files to verify there are usable. Particularly public_html folder.
  8. Deactivate ALL installed plugins by using Bulk Actions.
  9. Nothing proceed next if whatever above is not done.
  10. Use FTP Client FileZilla. Free for download and highly capable of deleting old or uploading of new files and folders.
  11. The whole process may take 90 minutes for new webmaster. It may sound tedious, but not so. Do it slowly and cautiously.
  12. The folder public_html is the only working folder to work on. So the main reason for backing up.
  13. The wp-content folder holds ALL your WordPress Themes and Plugins. These should remain untouched.
  14. Do not delete or overwrite the wp-config.php file.
  15. Do not confused with wp-config-sample.php. This file is okay to delete.
  16. Also including index.php to delete or overwrite.
  17. The wp-admin and wp-content are often uploaded as complete folders into public_html.
  18. Prior to your login page, there is “Run the WordPress upgrade program” to complete.
  19. Two steps to continue before your login page finally appears. Follow instructions. Screenshots below.
    1. Database Update Required. Click “Update WordPress DataBase” button.
    2. Update Complete. Click “Continue” to proceed and complete.
  20. Once login, go to left panel and click Dashboard > Updates to check and confirm your latest version.
  21. Per WordPress version 4.0, its shows below message in bold fonts:

    You have the latest version of WordPress. Future security updates will be applied automatically.

  22. At left panel menu, click Plugins. Review plugins for updating new versions before activating them.
  23. After activating, do review again for the necessary configuration settings requested by individual plugins, e.g reconnecting Jetpack.
  24. If the above steps are done, log out completely and re-login to triply confirm everything works, especially Plugin CAPTCHA or Google Authenticator.

After uploading new wp

Clicking upload to Continue