You should do this as soon as possible after step 1. If you have caching enabled, clear the cache at this point so the changes will go live immediately.

If you have made any modifications to those files, your changes will be lost.

You should always update Word Press to the latest version.

When a new version of Word Press is available you will receive an update message in your Word Press Admin Screens.

To update Word Press, click the link in this message.

(You’ll still need to click “Update Now” for major feature releases.) See Also: Configuring Automatic Background Updates Modern versions of Word Press let you update with the click of a button.

(This feature was added in 2.7, so if you are using an older version, you will need to follow the steps to update manually.) You can launch the update by clicking the link in the new version banner (if it's there) or by going to the Dashboard Updates screen.If you experience problems with the Three Step Update, you may want to review the more detailed upgrade instructions For these instructions, it is assumed that your blog's URL is directories and sub-directories, and in the root directory (such as index.php, and so on). Be careful when you come to copying the wp-content directory.You should make sure that you only copy the files from inside this directory, rather than replacing your entire wp-content directory.If you are updating across multiple versions, follow the procedure at Upgrading Word Press - Extended Instructions Before you get started, it's a good idea to back up your website.This means if there are any issues you can restore your website.It is typical for the files to be owned by the FTP account that originally uploaded them.