Okay, thanks for the quick reply.
When it comes to resetting the plugins folder how do I do that exactly? I know how to do it within WordPress by deactivating each one and testing the site but I've never done this before.
When I go to re upload all files/folders how do I avoid a blank site that will occur in the transition between deleting all files and then upload new ones? Do I literally delete all WordPress related files? I made a backup of all my files prior to installing the newest version. What do I push to the server from that (in addition to the fresh download of WordPress)?
How do I manually upgrade WordPress?
Sorry, I'm still fairly new to WordPress so please bear with me as I ask what is probably very newbie related questions. I appreciate your help!