I'm working my way through updating (http://codex.wordpress.org/Upgrading_WordPress)
Why is backing up so complicated? There is the 5 minute installation that is easy, but the backup process has taken me more than half hour to follow the instructions.
1) Seems like someone should have written a plugin to do it automatically - have they? I have blogs on three other sites besides the one I'm working on at present and am tempted to just not bother updating, though I know that can be dangerous.
2) I used my ftp to put everything on my hard drive, but my next step is to unzip the upgrade so that I can ftp it back to server. Will that overwrite anything critical that I should save in a different location first?