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WordPress announced today that an upgrade is available — version 3.0.2 has just been released.
I recommend staying up-to-date with WordPress upgrades as they become available, so you always have the latest security fixes (this release is described as being a security update — here’s the official upgrade announcement from WordPress.org.).
To show you how easy the one-click (really two-click) WordPress upgrade process is, I recorded a video of my screen as I updated my own site today. Yes, my real live business site! The video is four minutes long, but most of that is me talking about why it’s important to upgrade, and why you should back up your WordPress database and files before upgrading. The actual upgrade process takes about 10 seconds toward the end of the video.
If you can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email application, head over to the original blog post to see it.
And if you don’t like watching videos (true confession: I almost never watch online videos, not even from my bestest friends — so if this is you, I totally get it!), I wrote a post several verions of WordPress ago that has text instructions and screenshots illustrating how to upgrade WordPress. Other than the version numbers, the process is exactly the same.
This video shows my whole screen, and it’s kinda small — click the button in the lower left corner of the player, the one with four little arrows pointing toward the four corners, to watch it at full-screen size (and then press the ESC key to return from full-screen to tiny-player mode).
There, wasn’t that easy?
Now, if you need help with backing up before you perform your own upgrade, you can read about the BackupBuddy plugin, which backs up your database and your files (your media library, theme, and plugins).
And if you want to hand off all this backing-up-and-upgrading stuff to someone else, I can do it for you with a Website Tune-Up.
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