There are days when it just seems easier to upgrade WordPress using your automatic update button. But there are times when this can fail, or when it can cause problems for your website. Here is our guide to manually upgrading WordPress via FTP.
1.Backup your database
It is important that you backup your database so that should you encounter any problems you can restore your website.
You can backup your database using theWP-DB-BackupPlugin. From your WordPress dashboard go to
Plugins > Add Newand typeWP-DB-Backupinto the search box.
Navigate toTools > Backup
You canselect which tables you want to backup.
And choose whether you want tobackup to your server, to youremailordownload the file. When you have selected which click “Backup now!”
You can also use thetool to schedule regular backups.
2.Backup your site
You can backup your website using yourfavorite FTP program(such as FileZilla or CuteFTP).Connectto your server:
Navigate to your WordPress installation and select all the files. Drag and drop to your backup folder on your computer.
This will copy all of the files on to your computer should you need to restore.