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