WordPress 3.3 was launched last month and having enjoyed the festive season while allowing the plugins and themes to catch up, it’s about time to update our websites and blogs. Indeed, as is usually the case, an additional update has been released to fix a few issues – so we’ll now be updating to 3.3.1
As ever, we’ll follow the safe and steady way of doing things. You’ll have prepared for the update – carried out a full backup and have to hand your ftp details – if you haven’t, do it now
And we’re ready to go…
First we’ll tend to any plugins and themes that have been updated. From your Dashboard, go into the Updates menu and carry out any updating available for plugins and themes there.
Next go to Plugins, Installed Plugins then into the Active list. You want to select all of your activated plugins and deactivate them.
Then back to the Updates menu and you can click that Update Now button. Within a very short while your new WordPress will be ready and you’ll be met by a screen…
Now you need to pop back and activate your plugins – go to the Plugins, Installed Plugins section again, into the Recently Active list and activate your plugins ONE BY ONE. Why? So that if there is a problem with any of them, you’ll know which one it is and can connect to your server using those FTP details you’ve kept handy and remove the misbehaving plugin. You’ll know you have a problem – usually the screen just goes blank. If that happens, keep calm and visit this post to work through fixing it yourself, or if you’re not sure about doing that, get in touch and we can help.
And here’s a short video of this process: