WordPress Upgrades

We highly recommend that you upgrade your website’s WordPress to the latest version available. Your site will continue to work without upgrading but it will not be secure from hackers and spambots that actively search for out of date WordPress software. If this should happen to your site then your hosting provider can and most likely will suspend your site until it is fixed. This can not only be costly but can affect your search engine page rankings if your site is flagged. You’ll find all the information you need to upgrade your site in this post; however, if you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself we do offer two backup/upgrade packages listed below.

One time for $100:

  • database backup

  • site files backup

  • upgrade to WordPress 3.8

  • all plugins upgraded to newest versions

 

Extended for $125:

  • database backup

  • site files backup

  • upgrade to WordPress 3.8

  • all plugins upgraded to newest versions

  • Installation and configuration of a backup plugin that will backup the database and files for you with the click of a button. These backups are emailed directly to you or stored remotely. Instructions on its use will be provided.

 

Year-long for $250:

  • database backup/site files backup and upgrade of WordPress for each major release for one calendar year

  • all plugins upgraded at the time of WordPress upgrade

  • you must provide us with cPanel access to your website if we do not already have it

 

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How to backup and upgrade your WordPress site:

 

WordPress can be upgraded with the click of a button; however, you must always backup your site’s database and files before attempting an upgrade. This is to ensure that if your site breaks (commonly caused by plugin conflicts) then you will be able to restore everything to working order. Backups can also be used to restore a site if it should ever get hacked.

 

Important: If your WordPress installation is older than version 3.5 then you will need to upgrade it incrementally to ensure that nothing on your site breaks. You should not use the one-click update in WordPress dashboard in this case. Versions older than 3.5 must be upgraded incrementally and backed up between each upgrade until fully upgraded to the newest version.

 

Full instructions on how to backup your files and database as well as upgrade WordPress can be found at the following links:

 

Backup your database with phpMyAdmin: http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database#Using_phpMyAdmin

 

Backup your files via FTP:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_WordPress_Files

 

If you choose to do this yourself you will need your site’s FTP and phpMyAdmin login information. We can provide these to you upon request. FTP requires an FTP client. There are several free ones but we recommend CyberDuck for Mac and FileZilla for PC.

 

CyberDuck: http://cyberduck.ch/

Filezilla: https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

 

Once you have all your files and database downloaded you can then use the one-click upgrade in your WordPress dashboard: http://codex.wordpress.org/Updating_WordPress#One-click_Update

 

If you need to do an incremental update you can not use the one-click update. Use the following directions:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress_Extended