For the users accustomed with WordPress for white a while now, they would definitely agree how much the platform has changed over time. Even individual updates often bring significant shifts. For example, the very significant update was the 4.9 ‘Tipton’ update enabled users to schedule design changes in the WordPress Customizer so they can go live at later dates, just like post drafts.
After this, WordPress has definitely taken the leap to WordPress 5.0, with a whole new set of improvements and some big changes. However, even after this, WordPress versions, 5.0 and earlier are affected by the following bugs, which are fixed in version 5.0.1. However, updated versions of WordPress 4.9 and older releases are also available, for users who have not yet updated to 5.0.
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So, for the users, Download version 5.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.”
However before this, to help users to safely and easily update to the most recent version of WordPress, a bit of background work is needed. For that, get your eyes glued to the next section before update:
Primarily, save the WordPress XML file to hard drive. Users would be able to do this by clicking on the Tools icon in the left sidebar and then Export. On the next screen, a click is needed on the Download Export File. Users might want to create a new Folder on the hard drive where all the Website files are kept. For users benefit, by naming it WP Backup might help, so they would know to save all backup files for WP there and they would also know where to find them whenever they might need them. It is a good idea to back up this file once a month anyway regardless if an update is needed.
A backup of the WordPress database is needed. If users are on a Managed WordPress Hosting platform, users need to go to the hosting Dashboard and create a backup-point there. On most WordPress Managed hosts users can create a “backup-point” in hosting dashboard which backs site at that moment in time. If users are on shared hosting, there is a nifty plugin that makes this process easier. This plugin is also a must-have for repairing and optimizing database which should be done minimally monthly to keep things running smoothly.
FTP is found into a web hosting server wherein users download a copy of database backup so they might have a copy off the server. Of course, that backup won’t be much of a good, if the server crashes or has issues. Even better, if users store the backup file in the cloud or on an external drive in case there are certain computer problems.
Cover all the bases and download your theme/framework/child theme folders to the local hard drive. This is just a good practice if users have customized any theme files.
Then, to be safe, deactivate all plugins before upgrading.
Now for users, they should remember to reactivate and update plugins. Users would see with each WordPress update that plugin developers also update their plugins which might be done with a single click. Users would see the nav bar under the plugin name in the plugins area with a link to “update now.”
Most importantly, if users find after an update that something is not working as it was, they should go through the systematic process of deactivating the plugins one at a time until the real cause is found out. If the developer has not updated his/her plugin to work with the lasted update, then its better to find another plugin whose developer is on top of these things!