My WordPress blog has recently been telling me it’s outdated and there’s a new version of WordPress. I had installed it using Fantastico on my hosting panel, how do I go about upgrading it?
I got this question from the Webmistress down at Carper Diem, who was getting worried about all the alerts WordPress was sending her way warning her to upgrade her blog. The newer versions of WordPress now show an alert on ever page if the blog software needs upgrading. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t upgrade, but newer versions always have more functionality and usually have better security also, so it’s always a good idea to upgrade if you can. This is the message you’ll see when you need to upgrade:
Now, in this case, the blog was installed using Fantastico, a great utility that a number of hosting companies provide to make installing software really really easy. Most hosting companies and franchises tend to use it as it makes things easier for their technical support guys if people can just install software effortlessly. And the great thing is that upgrading the software is just as effortless. Here’s how you do it:
- Log into Fantastico. It will show you that an installed package needs an upgrade
- Click on the new version of WordPress
- Click Upgrade
Fantastico will do all the work for you, take backups of your blog, install the new software and get it all set up. There you go, that wasn’t hard was it?