Manually updating WordPress

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Keeping your WordPress site up to date is an essential step at running a secure and functional website. All DreamHost WordPress installs in the panel are always set to update automatically (unless you specifically turn it off). If your site is not a DreamHost WordPress install, you will need to manually update it. This article walks you through different ways to manually update your WordPress website.

Before you begin

Before you make any changes to your site, it's a good idea to make a backup of your WordPress installation. View the following articles for further information on backing up your website:

Updating your core WordPress files

You can use either the Dashboard Updates Screen or wp-cli to update your core WordPress files.

Via the WordPress dashboard

  1. Log into your WordPress site.
  2. On the left menu, choose 'Dashboard > Updates'.
  3. Click the Update to version x.x.x button.

Via wp-cli

  1. Log into your server via SSH.
  2. Navigate to your website's directory.
  3. Run the following command to download and install the updated WordPress files:
    [server]$ wp core update

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