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  • cabinandcamp


    Hi, I’m an absolute newbie at this, so please be kind. I’ve just installed WordPress through my webhost, but now it’s saying there is a new update. I downloaded the zip file to my desktop and extracted it, but now I don’t know how to upload it to my dashboard (or wherever). I typed in /wp-admin/upgrade.php, thinking that would do it but it said I didn’t need to upgrade. So are “upgrade” and “update” two different things? If so, how do I move the extracted files from my desktop to wherever it needs to go? Talk plain, please. I’ll try very hard not to be a PITA, but I really want to get this right.
    I found a theme I just love and want to incorporate it, but I don’t know how to do that, either. I’m assuming that I follow the same process as the update, so once I learn how to do that, I should be able to do the theme, too. (I hope) Thanks for any help.

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  • MichaelH


    You need to upload the files to your host via an FTP program such as FileZilla. Uploading_WordPress_to_a_remote_host explains the process. You will want to review Upgrading WordPress as well.

    The Using Themes, Adding New Themes article discusses installing themes.



    Use an FTP client.



    Okay, I installed Filezilla and it looked like everything worked in order to update WP. It said “file transfer successful”, but where is it?? I went to my blog dashboard and it’s still saying I need to update. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    I also thought I had uploaded a theme, but that’s not there, either.



    The first step is to obtain the upgraded ZIP distro, which you did.
    Then unzip it to your hard drive. Check.
    Then upload the files to your server space. Check.
    Did you then type in the path to the upgrade.php file in the address bar on your browser? E.g., ??
    You have to “run” the upgrade script; in this case, upgrade.php, in order to actuall upgrade the site.
    And upgrade and update, to me anyway, mean the same thing.


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