Upgrading WordPress

WordPress is exciting software to use, because it is being updated and improved all the time. However, for this very reason, upgrading your WordPress version will be something you’ll have to get used to as the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog.

First, before you upgrade your installation, you should always get a full backup of your blog files and database, just in case anything goes wrong. For a tutorial on how to backup your blog, click here. Go to that tutorial and backup your blog, then come back here.

How will I know if there is a new version available?

Your WordPress admin area will display a small notice in the top of your screen when there is an upgrade ready.

WordPress will tell you when it's time to update.

WordPress will tell you when it’s time to update.

How to upgrade automatically

After you’ve backed up your blog, first try to use WordPress’ built-in automatic upgrader by going to “Dashboard” => “Updates” (or “Tools” > “Upgrade” in WordPress version earlier than 3.0). Follow the on-screen instructions, and you should be updated within 2 minutes.
For help with the auto-upgrader, click here

Can’t upgrade automatically?

If your automatic upgrade fails for some reason, or you have WordPress version 2.6 or earlier (which doesn’t have the automatic upgrade), then you’ll have to upgrade your installation manually.
Click here for a full tutorial on how to do just that.


WordPress is exciting software to use, because it is being updated and improved all the time. However, for this very reason, upgrading your WordPress version will be something you’ll have to get used to as the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog.

First, before you upgrade your installation, you should always get a full backup of your blog files and database, just in case anything goes wrong. For a tutorial on how to backup your blog, click here. Go to that tutorial and backup your blog, then come back here.

How will I know if there is a new version available?

Your WordPress admin area will display a small notice in the top of your screen when there is an upgrade ready.

WordPress will tell you when it's time to update.

WordPress will tell you when it’s time to update.

How to upgrade automatically

After you’ve backed up your blog, first try to use WordPress’ built-in automatic upgrader by going to “Dashboard” => “Updates” (or “Tools” > “Upgrade” in WordPress version earlier than 3.0). Follow the on-screen instructions, and you should be updated within 2 minutes.
For help with the auto-upgrader, click here

Can’t upgrade automatically?

If your automatic upgrade fails for some reason, or you have WordPress version 2.6 or earlier (which doesn’t have the automatic upgrade), then you’ll have to upgrade your installation manually.
Click here for a full tutorial on how to do just that.

WordPress is exciting software to use, because it is being updated and improved all the time. However, for this very reason, upgrading your WordPress version will be something you’ll have to get used to as the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog.

First, before you upgrade your installation, you should always get a full backup of your blog files and database, just in case anything goes wrong. For a tutorial on how to backup your blog, click here. Go to that tutorial and backup your blog, then come back here.

How will I know if there is a new version available?

Your WordPress admin area will display a small notice in the top of your screen when there is an upgrade ready.

How to upgrade automatically

After you’ve backed up your blog, first try to use WordPress’ built-in automatic upgrader by going to “Dashboard” => “Updates” (or “Tools” > “Upgrade” in WordPress version earlier than 3.0). Follow the on-screen instructions, and you should be updated within 2 minutes.
For help with the auto-upgrader, click here.

ProPhoto 3 Compatibility Plugins

If you use ProPhoto 3, be sure to install (or update, if you have it already) the free WordPress Plugin we’ve created for full compatibility with the latest release of WordPress.

Learn how to install our free Compatibility WordPress Plugin by clicking here.

Can’t upgrade automatically?

If your automatic upgrade fails for some reason, or you have WordPress version 2.6 or earlier (which doesn’t have the automatic upgrade), then you’ll have to upgrade your installation manually.
Click here for a full tutorial on how to do just that.

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