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Update WordPress in the dashboard

Keeping WordPress up to date improves the security of your site. You can update WordPress to its latest version from within the dashboard.

Warning: You should always back up your site before updating.
  1. Sign in to WordPress.
  2. At the top left-hand corner of your dashboard, if there's a notification that the new WordPress version is available, select Please update now.
  3. Note: If you don't see the notification, your site is already running on the latest version of WordPress.

  4. Select Update Now.

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  • Your WordPress site will be put into Maintenance Mode until the update completes. After the update, Maintenance Mode is deactivated automatically.
  • If you can't update WordPress from your website dashboard, try updating WordPress with FTP.
  • If you don't want to deal with WordPress updates yourself, we also have a WordPress Premium Support service that can take care of that for you.