Upgrading Your WordPress Blog

One of the best security tactics you can employ on your WordPress blog is to do regular upgrades as each WordPress update is released. Not only does upgrading help thwart hackers, it usually also offers you some cool features that the earlier version didn’t have. For instance, WordPress 2.9 isn’t a major overhaul, yet it now provides the following useful items:

  • Trash Can — Now if  you change your mind after deleting a post, you can dig it out of the trash.
  • Image Editor — Crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images, all without ever leaving WordPress.
  • Easy Video Embeds — Simply paste a video’s URL and WordPress will convert it to an embed code automatically.
  • Batch Plugin Updates — Instead of updating plugins one at a time, you can now update all your plugins at once.

To learn more about the WordPress 2.9 update, watch this video at the WordPress Blog.

How do I install the latest version of WordPress?

Thankfully, the WordPress gurus have made this process easy. At the top of your WordPress dashboard, you should see a message that says “WordPress 2.9 is now available! Please update now.” This message contains a link to a screen where you can automatically download the new version.

Before you upgrade . . .

Make sure you make a backup of your database. You can do that easily by using the WordPress Database Plugin.

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