WordPress provides version updates with security features very frequently. When you get the notification in admin panel, do not ignore it! It is the effective way to secure your website from malicious code attacks, and yet so many customers leave their WordPress website UN-updated for concern of breaking their themes & plugins.
Easy steps on how to update your WordPress website yourself. It is written in a way to simply explain EXACTLY what you need to do take care for your site, and reduce or prevent costly and time-consuming problems.
1.Backup Your Website:
Backup your entire website files , database dump & folders using your server Control panel . If you need , you can using backup plugin ( WP-Backup plugin ) for backup process.
2. Check Version Updates:
Once you click on the menu item UPDATES, you will see a page open up that looks like the one below. As you can see WordPress version updates info.
3. Deactivate all your plugins.
4. Update WordPress to latest version. Updating WordPress while plugins are deactivated is the effective method making sure you have less issues. WordPress versions have become increasingly more stable and have had less issues than in the past.
5. Update Plugins:
Certain times WordPress upgrade comes with plugin and theme updates. This is the good time to update any plugins that might be needing an version update. Just update them one by one to make sure there are no issues.
6. Reactivate Plugins
Reactivate all the plugins via the plugins page in WordPress dashboard.
7. Check Your Site
Check all the pages & features , to make sure it works after the up-gradation 🙂