Your WordPress Blog Updated With One Click

Something that every WordPress blog owner should do is to keep the site 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, your blog will be constantly protected from hackers and intruders.

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.

It’s strongly recommended you make a backup of your blog before doing any kind of upgrade. You can use this tool to complete your backup with one click.

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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. This is really the easiest way, but there are alternatives if this “one click” method poses a problem.

For example, if you have been working with an older version of WordPress, or for some reason the automatic update feature is not working properly for you, the solution is still very simple. What you can do is go to download the latest WP compressed version, extract the files and upload the newer WordPress files to your server. WordPress detect that your files are new but your database is out of date and it will do its best to update that database for you.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 are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to WordPress.org/download;
  2. Once there you will see a big blue button;
  3. Click and download a zip file with the most up to date version of WordPress;
  4. Once the downloaded is complete, extract all files to your desktop;
  5. Then open your FTP client and upload those files your WordPress directory;
  6. Make sure to overwrite the existing files in that directory.

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.

Sometimes (though infrequenly) when upgrading this way a plugin might go wrong and might crash your entire blog, or it could show some extra errors, so take a note of what the plugin name. For example, if the plugin is titled fast-and-easy traffic, write that down and then in your FTP client, browse to a folder that is called WP-Content, and then browse to the folder called plugins after which you should find and delete the problem folder, fast-and-easy traffic.

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 WordPress.org/download, 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.

A Few Proven Methods To Secure Your WordPress Blog

If you have a WordPress blog or a website, you may be wondering how am I supposed to keep it safe from hackers and from accidental changes or deletions? In addition to any kind of fancy modifications or security plugins, there are a few easy steps you can take right now within the next few minutes to make sure your WordPress website is secure.

The first thing you can do is only connect to WordPress on a secure WiFi connection, only use trusted plugins, and keep WordPress up to date.

Did you know that when you connect to a website using unsecure WiFi, which means airport WiFi, Starbuck’s WiFi, public WiFi, that anyone can see your username and password? That means when you connect via FTP or simply log into your WordPress dashboard anyone can see exactly what your username and password is and join for themselves.

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This is why it’s very important to only connect to your WordPress site and only connect to FTP if you have an SSL connection or you’re connecting with a cellular 3G network instead of WiFi. If you don’t know what any of those things are, then simply make it a point to only connect to your FTP website and WordPress from home instead of in public.

Next, only use plugins you trust. Are you aware that any WordPress plugin, if it so chooses, can have access to your entire WordPress site? Access to all of your users, all of your content, most of the time, to every single file on your website. It is for this reason that using ONLY WordPress plugins that you trust is very important. Don’t go out and install 200, 300 plugins just because they all seem like they have cool features.

If a plugin is brand new, if no one seems to be using it, that is not a good sign, and it may be a Trojan Horse kind of plugin where someone had simply put it out onto the internet in the hopes that someone else will install it on their website, and having done so would have given the hacker complete access to your files and your content.

Finally, a very easy way to secure your WordPress blog is to keep WordPress up to date. People find security holes all the time, and WordPress is quick to fix those holes, but it does you no good unless you update your blog to the current version which is safeguarded against most attacks. Luckily the most current versions of WordPress have a single button you can click to update it, which means it downloads and installs the most recent version so you are now protected.

Now, let’s say you failed to do any of the things mentioned above to safeguard and protect your WordPress website, or you think that, for whatever reason, your WP website is vulnerable; the one thing you MUST do under these circumstances is get yourself a backup and restore tool so that anytime your WP site goes down or encounters a hacking problem, or any other problem that causes it to go down and off the Internet, you can restore it from a previously backed up version. The backup and restore tool on ALL my WP websites and I have no worries.