How To Update WordPress Automatically Without FTP: Goodbye To Manual Upgrade Process
Do you know that you can now upgrade to the latest version of WordPress automatically? WordPress recently issued another security update that there’s a new version of WordPress installation (version 3.0.5). The WordPress team says this latest version comes with security enhancements necessary to protect website/ blog owners who have untrusted accounts. To this end, the WordPress team advises every user to immediately upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.
The recent WordPress update is one of the many upgrades in recent times. With the back-to-back upgrades from the WordPress team, manually upgrading to the latest versions of WordPress installation can be daunting for anyone who is technophobic, and it can also be a bit of challenge for anyone that has multiple WordPress-based websites.
Have You Been Doing Manual WordPress Upgrade?
Thanks to the WordPress Automatic plugin, I just finished my blog’s upgrade to the latest version of Wordpress update automatically and it took me less than 20 minutes and without any issues – and mouse clicks without even bothering to know how to do it manually. All I did was press a few mouse clicks to complete my blog upgrade to the latest version of WordPress. The whole process went smoothly.
In this post I want to share with you a simple and automatic method to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress automatically – for your website or blog.
The WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin is one sweet plugin that should be in the toolkit of any serious blogger who values time is not a glutton for punishment. This is one free wordpress plugin that makes you feel guilty (for not paying for it) from the moment you start using it. After using the WordPress Automatic Plugin, you’ll feel obliged to donate to its creator.
Benefits of Using the WordPress Automatic Plugin For Upgrading WordPress
- WordPress automatic upgrade saves time. Hands-free, one-click button to upgrade your blog files – WordPress installation including plugins and all; database and all. You can just setup this plugin and go on with other stuff, only check it within a few seconds to click “next”.
- Updating WordPress with the automatic upgrade plugin does not even involve using FTP. You simply click a link on your website dashboard
- To use the WordPress automatic upgrade plugin, you do not need to be technical savvy, not even a bit – the only thing you need to know to use this WordPress auto-plugin is – how to click with a mouse.
- The WordPress automatic upgrade plugin updates the versions of both your database and your plugins, in addition to updating your WordPress installation files
- The WordPress auto-upgrade plugin backs up your database and WordPress installation files, including plugins. You only need to specify where you want them stored on your computer.
And that’s all, because the plugin prompts you through a 13 step upgrade process where it will do the technical bit before, during and after WordPress upgrade, and all it requires is for you to click to get it to start the next step.
Below are the steps for the process of using a few mouse clicks to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress automatically. Ready, Set, Go…
The 13 Steps to Upgrade to The Latest Version of WordPress Automatically
Again I mentioned that with WordPress automatic upgrade process, there’s nothing to do by you, except to click ‘start’, watch and click ‘next’, ‘next’ until ‘finish’, however, I thought to let you see screenshots of every of the 13 steps you’ll click ‘Next’ to and what you’ll see. Read on to learn how the WordPress automatic upgrade works.
STEP 0: Ready, Set, Go – Be Sure to Have Activated the WordPress Automatic Plugin
This step assumes you have the WordPress automatic upgrade plugin installed, if not get it from here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/
Now that you have it, whenever WordPress notifies you via your Admin Dashboard, of a new upgrade all you need to is follow the step by step guide in the screen shots below to click your way to an upgrade in less than 20 minutes.
STEP 1: Screen Instruction To Click to Start the Automatic WordPress Upgrade Process
From your WordPress Admin area, click the link that reads: automatically upgrade WordPress to latest version. The link should be on top of your admin panel, as shown in the diagram below.
Next it confirms okay or not to start backing up your files, before commencing the actual WordPress Upgrade.
STEP 2: Backing Up Your Core WordPress Files and Database Automatically
It asks for you to click to download the backup copies of your blog – the previous (pre-upgrade) WordPress installation files, database and plugins.
STEP 3: Specify More Database Tables Of Your Website You Want To Backup
Here I simply select all the boxes because I don’t want to leave any chance for casualty.
STEP 4: WordPress Website Database Backed Up Successfully – A Second Chance to Download Them
STEP 5: About to Download the Latest Version of WordPress Automatically
STEP 6: Unzips the Downloaded New Version Of WordPress Installation Files
STEP 7: Puts Your Website/ Blog In Temporary Maintenance Mode (For Visitors)
Look at the screen-shot image of the “maintenance mode” notice that your visitors would see at that brief moment.
STEP 8: Deactivates all your WordPress Plugins
STEP 9: Upgrades Your WordPress Installation Files
When you click the link to complete the final step, this is what you’ll see:
STEP 10: Reactivates All Your WordPress Plugins (to former pre-update state)
STEP 11: A Second Chance to Download Your Website’s Backup Files
Another chance to get download copies of your (i) wordpress installation files backup and (ii) website database backup —-Remember it requested you to do this before the automatic wordpress upgrade started.
STEP 12: Cleaning Up of WordPress Upgrade Files
Now, you also get this screen asking you to clean up the files from the upgrade
STEP 13: WordPress Auto-Update Complete
Do nothing. Return to work, wordpress upgrade complete.
That’s all there is to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress automatically. If you got this far and followed all the above steps you should now have your blog running on the latest WordPress installation.
*Important: If you use the All in One SEO Pack, you’ll have to enable and configure it manually – you’ll get a screen like below telling you to do so. All you have to do is click through to this plugin page and then click “enable”. Be sure to confirm that all your plugins are active – else you’ll simply click to activate them.
All that took less than 20 minutes – WordPress upgrade to latest version without FTP. Can you imagine doing each of the above 13 steps manually and watching right through to the end of it to completion? And God bless you if you are techno-phobic.
I have used this method for the third time now to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress automatically and found it a way too cool method to save time and get the job done without actually doing the job, except doing 13 mouse clicks through the 13 steps of automatic wordpress upgrade. What do you think?
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