Updating WordPress has been made so easy that your up-gradation goes smoothly. Before upgrading your WordPress there are few basic steps that you must follow:
Step 1: Back Up Your Website’s Files
The first aspect of WordPress up-gradation is to take back up of each and every element of your site.
Depending on the number of media uploads you have in your site, this could take some time. While this download is underway we can begin the step two and make a copy of your database.
Step 2: Export The WordPress Database
Exporting your database is a very simple process that only requires a few steps to complete. Login to the cPanel account of your web server and open the phpMyAdmin application. Select the database that contains your WordPress installation from the list on the left hand sidebar and once selected click on the Export tab on the navigation menu.
The default settings of a Quick export and the SQL format for the export are sufficient for what we need. Click the Go button and the database export process will begin and a file will be downloaded to your local computer.
Step 3: Update the themes and plugins
In this step simply update the theme and plugins that are running for the site . Developer should check the theme and plugin change log before up-gradation.
Step 4: Upgrade(Updating WordPress) the wordpress
Now you can update your wordpress, it can be done automatically and easily from the admin area. When a new wordpress version is available, you can see its update notification in the admin.
On the next page you can choose automatically or manually by downloading the new wordpress version
Step 4: Check your Site
Take time to check your site to find if anything is broken,and fix it sooner than later.