How To Update Your WordPress Blog In One Click Even If The Upgrade Fails – Part 4

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Here is part 4 of my series of articles on WordPress blog security – Here’s Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3

Something that everyone should do who has a WordPress blog is keep it completely up to date. Keeping your WordPress blog up to date ensures all plugins will continue working, you will have access to the latest features and most importantly that your blog is now safe from hackers and intruders.

blog backup

Most people don’t know how to update their WordPress installation, but luckily it’s very easy.

You can use the auto-upgrade feature in the dashboard, and if that doesn’t work, upload all files manually, and if that doesn’t work use one simple technique to fix any problem plugins.

The first thing you should do when going to update WordPress is go to your dashboard, and on the top left corner should be an area that says updates. All you have to do is go to that updates area and click on one button and this will automatically download the latest version of WordPress, unpack it, and install it where your blog is.

Now you should take a backup of your blog before doing any kind of upgrade, but after that’s done, you now have the brand new features and version of WordPress without having to use FTP or edit any kind of databases.

Now if you have an older version of WordPress, or for some reason this automatic update feature is not working properly for you, the solution is still very simple.

What you can do is simply upload the newer WordPress files, and WordPress will detect this. It will detect that your files are new but your database is out of date and it will do its best to update that database for you.

Here is what you do, you go to and this will show you a big blue button that you can click and download a zip file of the most recent, current, up to date version of WordPress.

This will download a zip file and once that’s downloaded, you can right click and extract all of those files to your desktop where you saved the zip file.

Then open up your FTP clients and move those files up to where your WordPress blog is now located. Making sure to overwrite any files that are already there.

Don’t worry this won’t overwrite any of your content because they are the files that run WordPress and your content is just stored in the database in a different location.

Now once those files are all done, simply load your blog and it will say that WordPress has an update, do you want to update? Click on a button and it will make sure your database is up to date, and now you have a current, up to date version of WordPress.

Every now and then when you upgrade this way a plugin might go wrong, it might crash your entire blog, it might show some extra errors, so take a note of what the plugin is named.

For example, if the plugin is saying All-in-One SEO, write that down and then in your FTP client, browse to a folder that is called WP-Content, and within that browser folder called plugins and then find the offending folder such as All-in-One SEO and delete it.

Now when you load WordPress again, the blog should load properly and you can add the plugin back the way that it was, and that is the way you upgrade WordPress.

  • Go into your dashboard to the update area and see if you can update it in one click
  • If not go to, grab the zip file, unpack and upload the files.
  • If there are any problem plugins then go into WPContent/plugins and delete or rename that folder and reload WordPress, and everything should be okay.

If your WordPress blog needs a backup, you should back it up using a tool called

The Backup Creator Express OR The Backup Creator Ultimate

Do you upgrade WordPress regularly, and if so, do you back up before you do it?

Let me know in the comments

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  1. Jan
    Twitter: jankearney

    I thought I’d already read and commented on this? I’ve gone crazy obviously…

    You’ve explained what I do (well almost, I leave the wp-content folder alone in the initial over-write and delete stuff only if there are specific plugin issues).

    Manually fiddling with files scares the bejesus out of many people – that’s a nice explaination of how it’s done :)
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  2. Hi Sue,
    This is giving me a nudge to do something I am pretty sluggish with – I must get to it! I guess I’ve also been a bit scared of doing it.
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  3. Mike Gardner
    Twitter: thetimedoctoruk

    Hi Sue,

    great series of blogs, however whist I agree in principle, after the mess of WordPress 3.5, I won’t be in such a rush to upgrade in the future
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    • socialsue
      Twitter: getsocialsue

      Hi Mike

      Think I will still upgrade because it does fix the known security breaches with each upgrade, but I appreciate that some other changes might not be so welcome


  4. Bonnie Gean
    Twitter: BonnieGean

    I already know what it’s like to have WP crash during an update and it’s a scary thing when it happens to you the first time.

    I now back up with WP Twin and don’t worry anymore. :)

    Thanks for a great read, Sue!
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    • socialsue
      Twitter: getsocialsue

      Hi Bonnie

      WP Twin is a good product for sure.
      The more you add posts to your blog the more you fear losing it all.
      Just the thought of losing just this month’s posts scares me.


  5. Ginny
    Twitter: _GinnyCarter

    Oh blimey, I just see ‘FTP…backup….files download’ and I’m like a rabbit in the headlights. It’s good to know that there are people who do actually know what they’re doing!
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