How to Easily Update a WordPress Website to the Latest Version
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world, and it’s very easy to use and update. In fact, WordPress makes it easy to update your website to the latest version, which is completely free! You will only have to follow a few simple steps, and in no time, you will have a brand new, fully functional WordPress website.
Here, we will show you how to easily update your WordPress website to the latest version so you can take advantage of all the new features and fixes released by the WordPress team.
Step 1: Make Sure You Have WordPress Version 4.9 Or Higher
First, you need to make sure that you have WordPress 4.9 or higher. If you run an older version of WordPress, you won’t be able to update it to the latest version easily. You can always download the latest version directly from WordPress.org. Here’s the link:
- Founder Package(.org)
Alternatively, you can update your WordPress installation to the latest version using an automated tool like WordPress Upgrader. This tool will scan your website for outdated plugins, themes, and widgets and download and install the updated versions for you. You can find a link to the tool in the instructions that follow.
Step 2: Install WordPress’ Font Awesome
Once you have WordPress 4.9 or higher, you can proceed to step two, which is to install WordPress’ Font Awesome library to your site. You will need to have the most recent version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge (depending on which one you use) for this step to work. To install Font Awesome, go to your WordPress dashboard and head to Settings > Reading. Here, you will see a list of the most recent plugins and themes that you have installed on your site. You will notice that one of them is marked with an orange icon that looks like this: .
Simply click this button to install the Font Awesome plugin. Once again, this step is very straightforward and requires only minimal efforts. You can now start using the popular Font Awesome library, which is completely free and comes with WordPress.
Step 3: Activate the Upgraded WordPress Version
Once you have upgraded WordPress to version 4.9 or higher, you can proceed to step three, which is to activate the new version of WordPress. To do this, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Settings > General. Here, you will see a setting called “Automatically update content.”
The best part about this setting is that it will automatically update your website’s content to the latest version without needing any intervention from you. To activate this feature, just toggle the switch to ON and then visit WordPress.com again to see the newest content.
Now, you might notice that your site’s content and layout have changed a bit. This is because when you upgraded to the latest WordPress version, the team behind it changed some of the default settings for your blog. For example, the homepage of your site might look different than before because they changed the visual theme of the site. Also, the order in which your blog posts appear on the home page has changed. You can always change these things back through the dashboard, but for now, you should embrace the new look and feel of your website.
Step 4: Enable Developer Mode
Once you have upgraded WordPress to version 4.9 or higher and activated its content updating feature, you can proceed to step four, which is to enable developer mode. To do this, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Settings > Developer. Here, you will see a switch labeled “Developer Mode.” Just toggle this switch to ON and then visit WordPress.com to see what options and features are available to you in the backend (the administrative part of your site).
As a website owner or developer, you now have full access to the back end of your site. This means you can make changes to any part of the site, from the theme to the plugins used to manage and build your blog. You can download any plugin or theme you want and install them on your site without any restrictions. You just need to keep in mind that you might break something along the way. That’s why we recommend testing prototypes of new features or ideas before putting them into production.
To make changes to the WordPress dashboard, head to the bottom of the page and click the “Edit this page” link next to the “Dashboard” tab. From here, you can see all the different dashboard sections and their corresponding widgets. Simply click on the widgets you want to change and drag them to the left or right side of the dashboard to see the result.
Step 5: Remove All Plugins
Finally, you can remove all the plugins you installed on your site in the previous steps with a single click. Just go to your WordPress dashboard and remove all the active plugins. You can also use the Automatically update content feature to update your plugins to the latest versions without needing to go through this step.
WordPress comes with a very robust plugin repository that includes several plugins that can be used to enhance your blog’s functionality. As a best practice, you should avoid using too many plugins on your site. Limit the amount of plugins used to enhance your site’s functionality to those that are absolutely necessary (like the Font Awesome library or the Advanced Custom Fields plugin).
In case you are wondering, the Automatically update content feature is also available for purchase in a premium plugin from WordPress.com. You can use it to install the latest version of WordPress onto your site without needing to go through these five simple steps.