WordPress Tutorial: How to Update to WordPress 3.2 or WordPress 3.2.1

This WordPress Tutorial will show you how to upgrade or update to WordPress 3.2 or WordPress 3.2.1

Before you update WordPress you should always backup your WordPress database and backup your WordPress files which are two distinctly different entities!

If you do not backup up your WordPress database and files, it could very well end up being a very, very bad day for you. I totally understand that it is tempting to just hit that “please update now” link because you’ve done it before with no problem. I have done it myself. (shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone! Yes, I am human, too!) However, after one update I did run into a problem whereby I couldn’t access any of the images in my media library anymore. It gave me a very sick feeling in my stomach. After going on the forums, I was able to fix the problem. But it was stressful, and it could have been a lot worse. I consider myself “cured” now. No more updating WordPress without backing up my database and files first. Obviously, the first time you do that, it takes some time to setup and use the backup plugin and the FileZilla FTP client (or whichever FTP program you decide to use). But after the first time, it’s really a breeze to do it as many times as you like! Please note that I have links on how to backup up WordPress database and files at the top of this post!

Don’t be lazy! Do the right thing and backup your WordPress blog before you update!

Ok, and after you have upgraded or updated your blog to WordPress 3.2 or WordPress 3.2.1 you can watch the following video below which does an excellent job at walking you through the new WordPress dashboard and control panels. The video was created by MaAnna at BlogAid.net

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10 comments… add one
  • Ana | Traffic Generation Jul 30, 2011, 7:34 pm

    I, for one, always forget to back up my blog before updating it, Jim – I know, I know, big mistake.

    • jupiterjim Jul 31, 2011, 1:01 am

      Since you use Thesis Theme you must backup your custom_functions.php file before you touch it in any way. Here’s a nice video to remind you how to do it. I know you know how to do it already but it’s a great reminder for you and anyone you know who uses Thesis Theme! Thanks for your comment on my post!

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone Aug 20, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Jupiter Jim,

    I have been tempted to update my Wordpress Blog but I do not want to create any problems. Kimberly Castleberry created an automatic back up for me for my blog. But I was not aware that I would also need to back up my files. How would I do that piece? And what happens if I never upgrade my Wordpress to 3.2.1?

    • jupiterjim Sep 18, 2011, 2:52 am

      Dr. Erica,
      sorry for taking so long to respond to this blog comment. In answer to your question, it depends on what plugin she used. Could you email me the name of it? Also, if you don’t update, you leave your blog open to security vulnerabilities and you don’t want that!

  • Andy Nathan Aug 27, 2011, 11:34 am

    Great walkthrough of how to upgrade your Wordpress theme to the next update! It is so crucial to back up before any updates you do any updates.

    • jupiterjim Aug 30, 2011, 11:55 am

      Thanks for commenting! And you are right. Backup is something most people forget till it’s too late!

    • jupiterjim Sep 18, 2011, 2:35 am

      You are most correct! Backup is critical but so many people forget to do it, or don’t know you’re supposed to do it, or get lazy. And that’s dangerous for your blog!

  • Tony Tate@Sales Professional Aug 30, 2011, 11:42 pm

    Last month, we are asked to update all our wordpress blogs into the latest one for some reason.. And later on, I find the wordpress 3.2.1 a great one… It’s a little bit different with the old version…

    • jupiterjim Sep 18, 2011, 2:09 am


      Upgrading to the latest versions of WordPress is always a great idea. Not only do you get more functionality, but, most importantly, the latest versions of WordPres have the most important Security Upgrades!

      So never put that off if you can help it, and always backup your site first and your database.

  • Pete Goumas Dec 29, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Very helpful tutorial. Thanks, Jupiterjim.

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