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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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Settings: No Ads upgrade

When purchased the No Ads upgrade gives a blog the ability to hide ads that would otherwise be displayed.

Using No Ads with the Custom Design upgrade gives the ability to keep the focus on the content of the blog without the distraction of unwanted ads.

By having No Ads activated means ads will not be shown on a blog. No Ads can be deactivated at anytime to allow ads to be visible. It’s as easy as that.

Turning No Ads on

Here’s how to activate and deactivate the No Ads upgrade.

Click the Settings option in the side menu this will expand the Settings menu to reveal a choice called AdControl.

no ads selection process1

Now click AdControl to be taken to the area where No Ads can be activated, and deactivated. If the No Ads upgrade is purchased then you will see the option to activate the No Ads upgrade.

If the upgrade for No Ads hasn’t been purchased then the ability to purchase it will be given by way of a link called No Ads that appears in a paragraph at the top of the page after clicking on AdControl in the Settings sub menu pictured below.

no ads selection process2

It couldn’t be easier!

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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?