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Well I recall reading about upgrading how to but after looking around the different places I can't find it. I went to cpanel and didn't see the option to upgrade via cpanel......I did look in fantisco and from what I could understand that is for a new install.

 

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Donna

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Your best bet is to follow the upgrade instructions on the WordPress website. You can find them here.

 

Ok but I am not the sharpest tack in the box :)

 

Thanks!

Donna

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Let us know if you get stuck.

 

It's not that hard once you get your questions answered. :) But it can seem pretty daunting if you haven't done it before, so be sure to ask if you have any questions. :)

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So I'm thinking of tackling the great upgrade soon but the back up process concerns me (or more to the point a need to restore if something goes wrong). I see advice on backing up the database and .htaccess file but I was wondering, if I just do the "backup everything" option that is offered in cpanel would that work? I believe an admin would need to restore it if it fails which is fine but should I mess up my own backup process or realize that an upgrade actually breaks something and I need to resort back to what I am currently using I was hoping this might be an added piece of mind.

 

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To backup your database go into cPanel and select Backup. On that screen select the database to download. It will save a copy in a folder on your computer that you designate.

 

For the .htaccess file again in cPanel select File Manager. Browse to the folder you installed Wordpress. Select the .htaccess file and right-click and select Save As. Again, copy it to a folder on your computer.

 

I've done numerous upgrades with Wordpress and I've never had a problem. But never say never, it's bound to get you sooner or later. Make the backups just in case.

 

And to backup your entire Wordpress installation (less database) use an FTP program. Log into your domain and copy the entire folder you installed Wordpress into.

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Thanks Bruce. My biggest concern is having a successful upgrade of WordPress but then finding out that something is broken in my theme files that it's not compatible or something (like RSS feeds or what not). I have little to no CSS experience and while I'm not sure if it's even possible, breaking my selected theme by upgrading would be very difficult for me to personally resolve.

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Well, if you backup your Wordpress installation directory, and you back up your database, then if something goes awry, then you can always just delete the newer db and wordpress installation, and restore both from the backups.

 

To back up your database, go to your cPanel screen and click on the Backup icon.

 

Then use the second option, "Download a MySQL Database Backup". Click on the name of your blog's database. You'll be prompted to save the file to your local machine.

 

To backup your wordpress files, FTP to your account, and download the entire directory of your WordPress installation.

 

If anything goes wrong, you'll have all the files to restore your installation exactly how it is running today.

 

Chances are good that your blog will continue functioning as you want. I have a custom-designed WordPress theme, and my upgrade from the 1.5 line to the 2.0 line was seamless, even for my theme.

 

Incremental 2.0 line releases are unlikley to break your theme, but make backups, just in case!! ;)

 

If worst ever comes to worst, you can ask the help deskt to restore your blog folder and database from the most recent backup, but that backup might be older than you'd like, so making your own backups before upgrading is always the best policy.

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