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Tutorial: How to Auto Update WordPress

WordPress has two ways to update. There is a three-step process through the WP-Admin screen, while WordPress.org has a tutorial for updating for multiple versions, as well as package you can download. There is a warning: The updates can affect your files and folders including the main WordPress installation, so backing up WordPress is highly recommended.

It’s important to update; updating WordPress applies fixes and patches. WordPress does automatic updates for security and maintenance that is done in the background.

In WordPress, you can easily update your application directly from the Admin screen. When a version is available, you will see a notification in the WP Admin area. You can choose to update the newest version from this screen. There will be an important message that provides you with a button “Update Now.”

Automatic Updates

Screen shot of update notification in the WordPress WP Admin area

The following are step-by-step instructions on using the automatic WordPress update method.

  1. From the WP-Admin screen, select Updates. If there are updates that need to be installed, there will be notifications.
  2. Under WordPress Updates from the WP-Admin screen, there will be a blue button entitled “Update Now.”
  3. Select the blue button and WordPress will update. Your notification will change to “Update WordPress.”Screen shot of WordPress updating
  4. After the update has completed, you will receive a “Welcome to WordPress” notification.

Screen shot in the WP-Amin area, welcoming the new update

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Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services  (AWS) offer a way to host your own WordPress sight with no hardware and little to no expense on a small WP blog site. This is ideal if you want to start working with a self hosted WordPress site for developmental purposes, monetization of your blog, or just good ol’ bragging rights.

In this article I will go into an overview of the EC2 service and the various Virtual Machines (referred to as instances from here on out) that are free and paid. Some may be free to download and initially spin up but may incur an additional cost to the AWS price tier even if you are in the Free Tier. Even though I discuss the free tier exclusively and micro-instances it should be mentioned that the AWS allows for scalability of your WordPress site so it can grow as your site(s) grow.

Bitnami Logo for WP instance.There are various pre-made instances for use with your AWS account that are configured for just about “one touch” configuration. Some are free, others are free to upload to AWS but incur a usage cost, and others cost for upload and usage. A few of the providers are; Bitnami, JumpBox, and Turnkey Linux. If you do choose to go with these “one click” solutions be sure to read all the print to verify if there are any charges for the instance or use of and how the charges are calculated. Continue reading Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

WordPress 3.9.1: Update Released

Following the launch of WordPress 3.9 in April 2014, the WordPress 3.9.1 update in early May was a success, fixing over thirty bugs.

Andrew Nacin, A Lead WordPress Developer tweeted:

Some of these bug fixes include:

  • Appearance: When the header background was removed the header image would disappear.
  • Editor:The drag and drop feature for text quit working when the drag and drop media was implemented.
  • Widgets:When adding a widget by selecting “Custom Menu” widget, the widget wasn’t being added to the widget area of a site.
  • Media:There was a message, “No items found” that appeared after opening a post with a playlist. The list would appear after a few seconds and the message would go away.

Why You Should Clean Out Your WordPress

Sarah Gooding of WPTavern posted an article talking about why you should clean out your WordPress. She compares a cluttered WordPress directory to leaving clothes all over your floor. The two reasons for keeping it clean is security and ease of use.

Plugins are often on the forefront of WordPress housekeeping lists. This is probably due to the fact that on a normal WordPress site you’re usually running just one theme and then multiple, sometimes dozens, of plugins. Unused plugins in the mix make it inconvenient to scroll through the list and troubleshoot conflicts. They can also pose a security risk if they’re not updated.

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Why Should You Update WordPress?

WordPress logo chased across the black night by stars.

One of the most important reasons to update WordPress is security. This is to prevent hackers from gaining access to WordPress and user websites. WordPress is always updating security and maintenance to prevent attacks from malicious code.

WordPress implemented automatic updates with the release of WordPress 2.7, originally called the WordPress Upgrader. These updates can occur while you are sleeping. Continue reading Why Should You Update WordPress?

Screen Options Feature in WordPress

So what is that Screen Options tab at the top of most pages in WordPress? It’s not really too intrusive, but what does it do exactly? Well, for those of you who have not been daring enough to click the little guy, I am going to cover what that little tab does.

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that different pages have different options inside the “Screen Options” tab. It only makes sense that you don’t have the same options in the Media window as you do in the Posts or Pages window. So keep in mind that we will be covering a lot of different options in different windows, but the only way to really know and understand what each one has, is to click it. Don’t worry, any changes you make can be changed back with a simple click of the mouse.
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WordPress News: 10/7-10/15

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2 Released

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2 is out and ready for download. If you downloaded the Beta 1 then in theory Beta 2 should have updated automatically. This is still in development (a.k.a. lots of bugs!) so I do not recommend running this on your main site but to run it on another site or at least do not run on ones with high traffic.

WordPress 3.7 Beta 2

The new features are as follows:

  • Automatic background updates – so when beta 3 rolls around no need for another download!
  • Search results – now ordered by relevance other than date.
  • Password Meter – Strong passwords are important and this new meter will help get better passwords.

They need more beta testers so get on the downloading!
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