WordPress 3.6 is Here — Features and Installation Video.

wordpress 3.6 Update

What are the new Features?

Kimberly Castleberry just wrote a great blog post summarizing about 6 new features included in WordPress 3.6.   Check out her blog post here:   Introducing WordPress 3.6 – New Features Announcement!
The 2-minute video below gives you a great visual overview of the new features in WordPress 3.6.
You can watch this video and more at WordPress.tv

When Should I Update to WordPress 3.6 ?

WordPress Expert, Kimberly Castleberry suggests waiting exactly one week before updating to the latest version of WordPress.

How do I Update to WordPress 3.6?

I have an excellent blog post on how to update to WordPress 3.4.2.   In that blog post I also have a Video on the proper way to update to WordPress 3.4.2.   Even though the instructions in that blog post and video are for an earlier version of WordPress, all the steps for updating WordPress are EXACTLY the same!

Remember to Backup Your Site First!

Sometimes updating WordPress does NOT go smoothly.  It can cause problems, sometimes.   Your best defense is to please, please backup your site before you update your WordPress installation.

If you can afford to pay for a backup plugin, my #1 choice is practically considered to be the industry standard, and that would be BackupBuddy. That’s what I use to backup all my own sites.  It will  backup the WordPress “files” and the WordPress MySQL database at the same time.  NOT all backup plugins do that!  

WordPress Expert, Nile Flores, has an excellent post on some of the best ways to backup your WordPress blog and website (including links to free backup plugins).

Please Share Your Experiences with Us!

Please, share your experiences with us.  Have you ever updated your WordPress site before?  How did it go?  What backup plugin did you use?   Do you plan on updating to WordPress 3.6 anytime soon?

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  • Yorinda Aug 3, 2013, 5:26 pm

    Hi Jim,
    yes, Kim is certainly on the ‘ball’ when it comes to the latest information.
    I appreciate your suggestions and will pass it on.

    Doing a back up first is great advice.
    I have had a page come up once about ‘no data received’ and I was so glad to know that I had a back up. It was all ok, still I would have been a lot more stressed if I didn’t have backed it up first.

    Thank you for your post and the extra links.
    To enjoyable blogging!

    • jupiterjim Aug 4, 2013, 12:07 pm


      Yes, once you’ve saved your site using a backup, you will always use a backup!!!

  • Clint Butler Aug 4, 2013, 11:25 am

    I had no problem whatsoever with my sites when I upgraded them. Of course there are some complaints of plugins that no longer work, but that happens with every update. I love the new features, especially the new media enhancements. Looking forward to playing with it more!

    • jupiterjim Aug 4, 2013, 12:06 pm


      thanks for letting me know that you had no problems with the update. The real reason I’m waiting is cause of the plugins! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Christi Johnson Aug 4, 2013, 2:11 pm

    It’s funny…when I went to update, my site was inaccessible to me for a few minutes. I really didn’t understand the WP updates can be so tricky. I did have the discipline to backup my site beforehand, but it never occurred to me to wait a week while they work out any kinks in the new release. That was the most important takeaway for me – having patience. Great article, friend!

    • jupiterjim Aug 5, 2013, 6:57 am


      Yes, the updates seem to be going fine for those who did it. But it’s still nice to let the plugin developers update their plugins, if possible.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      • William Amis Aug 18, 2013, 12:17 am

        Yes, there seems to be some issues now that I jumped into update my site right away. There are lots of freeze times and sometimes now I can add pictures only by the copy & paste method. I can not upload new pics into the library.

        That is the huge problem I have with the update.

        Thanks Jupiterjim you are one of my sources. I actually go to your site and see if Kim or Nile has any article on my issue also. Between you and them I have been doing well.

  • Martin Aug 5, 2013, 2:39 am

    I think the best guideline wouldn’t be to back up every week, but every few posts. The point, after all, is not to lose important data. Comments are nice and all, but it’s the posts you really don’t want to lose. I say back up after posting anything that took you more than a few hours to produce, be that a single evergreen post or several smaller ones.

    • jupiterjim Aug 5, 2013, 6:44 am


      sounds like good advice.

  • Adam Hansen Aug 6, 2013, 6:06 am

    Hi Jim, I am new to Wordpress development and learning about wordpress everyday. The recent buzz is about wordpress update. I was searching for different webmasters posts about it and I found your one also. I read Kim’s blog regularly. Thanks for referring to his blogs post for much detailed information and tips. 🙂

    • jupiterjim Aug 6, 2013, 5:26 pm


      Glad you found me and My article and that you like Kim’s stuff too! Please keep in touch!

  • Richard Lafon Aug 6, 2013, 11:30 pm

    Wordpress gives us good support to make our own site and maintain it properly. Many peoples are earning a lot of money by wordpress. So it is really great feelings to learn more about this. Thanks for having this knowledgeable post.

    • jupiterjim Aug 7, 2013, 2:22 am


      Glad you found this post useful!

  • shakaib Aug 7, 2013, 10:22 am

    jupiterjim, my blog is still on Wordpress 3.5.2 and I am afraid of updating it to 3.6 version. The reason behind is that my blog has a plugin named “WP super cache” and last time when i updated to the new version of Wordpress, my blog got vanished and stopped working by showing a blank page. I can’t delete this sh*t plugin because the same thing happens. Please help, i don’t want to be on 3.5.2, because i want to make my WP more secured.

    • jupiterjim Aug 7, 2013, 10:53 am


      Most people report no problems with new update. Make sure you have a good backup of your site before updating. Perhaps use FTP program like FileZilla to delete plugin first. I have blog posts on the proper way to update your WordPress. I hope this helps.

    • Nile Aug 25, 2013, 2:36 pm

      Hi Shakaib!

      When you update with Super Cache, you may want to disable (de-activate) the plugin before updating.

      Instead, use W3 Total Cache.

  • Rachel Lavern Aug 9, 2013, 6:24 pm

    Being a former IT geek, I usually wait for approximately two months before upgrading. I do back up my blogs before upgrading and, fortunately, have never experienced any problems (including with plugins) afterwards.

  • Donna Merrill Aug 11, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Hey Jim!

    Thanks for spreading the word and warning people to back up before they update.
    I also followed Kim’s advice. Well I always do lol.

    Actually, I never touch these things myself because I have a great way of breaking my blog. Instead, I hire Kim or if she is too busy someone else to do it for me.

    I can understand how it is done and do appreciate you writing about this. I’ll spread the world to those that are “trigger happy” when it comes to updates. Don’t want them to run into trouble and this will certainly help.


    • jupiterjim Aug 13, 2013, 5:12 am


      sounds like you have a great strategy for updating and NOT stressing about it! You are smart to focus on the things you love and do best!!!

  • Rosemary O'Shaughnessy Aug 12, 2013, 6:55 am

    Hi Jim,

    Many thanks for your update and I really enjoyed the little video explaining the updates. The new saving feature is great , if one gets distracted and forgets to save ones work.

    I agree with Kim’s advice about the timing for updating wordpress.

    You do offer very valuable advice for the online community on this site.


    • jupiterjim Aug 13, 2013, 5:10 am


      So glad you found this post helpful and thanks for dropping by!!!

  • William Amis Aug 14, 2013, 10:13 am

    Yes, I did backup my backup!

    It works great yet my problem was with inserting new pictures for my articles and that has not corrected itself with trying all sorts of techniques.

    I have been able to copy & past pictures yet the fall off after awhile with the method.

    Before upgrading all went well and had not this problem so I will search high and low to correct this issue. No other issues with upgrading.

    Thanks again for all the great team effort and I do appreciate each of you dearly.

  • Manpreet Kashyap Aug 17, 2013, 10:37 am

    Hi.. i updated my wordpress from 3.5 to 3.6 and suddenly things are changed. m not talking about the new features. m here suffering with problems

    there are many jquery bugs in it.. i am not able to use many of wordpress features. cant upload images, and few of my theme features are also not working

    please suggest what i can do to cope with it.

  • nick catricala Aug 17, 2013, 9:15 pm

    Hey Jim,
    always helpful in many ways.. Thanks so much for adding all this information in regard to the new update of Wordpress…

    Wow, it was not long a go that I was strangling to figure out how to do the last update and here it is another one… now I am back to to square one..

    I will contact the person who done the last update to see if he will do it this time as well (he own me 🙂 and if not, well, you will get a call from me soon haha 🙂

    Thanks for keeping us not teckies up to date (well, thanks to Kim and Nile as well, since all of you together are amazing people who know what to do with WP and much, much more on the internet…

    Thanks again.

    • jupiterjim Aug 18, 2013, 3:35 pm


      you are right! It seems like we just did an update and then another one is due! thanks for dropping by!!!!

      • nick catricala Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 pm

        Hey Jim,
        finally got around to do the B3 syndication of the week and glad I come to your blog again so I have the double opportunity to thank you for helping me out with this new update… ho yes, I like to thank you again about the tutorials.. and I need to say that I am not as great to follow direction especially when it comes to things that I have very little knowledge.

        I look forward to the new updates and so I will experience what is new… )if I notice anything haha 🙂

        Thanks for your contribution to support every one.

  • Leanne Chesser Aug 19, 2013, 11:56 am

    Yes, I always keep my site updated and I’ve upgraded to 3.6. I follow Kim’s advice as well in terms of waiting a week. I use the online backup for WordPress plugin, which backs up my files and database. I’ve never had any trouble with any updates.

  • Lesly Federici Aug 22, 2013, 9:48 am

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for the information especially the links for back up. I have heard of Buddy backup .. I’ll check them out again. I know Nile has some awesome information too .. Thanks!

  • Nile Aug 25, 2013, 2:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing my post. I’m happy with 3.6 for the most part, but there are a few things I decided to jump into core to suggest for 3.7 and 3.8….especially some UI redundancy.

  • Artie Van Why Aug 27, 2013, 7:21 pm

    Hey Jupiter Jim,

    Thanks for the great blog post and tutorial. I’ve searched all over the internet and you’re the only one who seemed to actually know what you’re talking about.

    I can’t wait to share this on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks again.

    You da best!


    • jupiterjim Aug 27, 2013, 7:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Artie! It’s great to know that someone is actually reading my posts and watching my videos! LOL

  • Pramod Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Hi Mate !
    I am brand new to the WordPress platform ..I haven’t used previous versions of WP platforms ,from the few days of experience i have ..i can just say that WP is awesome and i’ll stick to it for several years to come .


  • Shelley Alexander Sep 1, 2013, 3:46 pm

    Hi Jim,

    I upgraded to Wordpress 3.6 and I did follow your advice to back up my site first and I also waited a week after the release to make sure they worked out all the bugs first and the upgrade was successful. Thanks for putiing together this fantastic info along with a video to help with the installation.

  • Chery Schmidt Sep 3, 2013, 8:58 pm

    Hey Jim, I just was in m y dashboard and did notice the message to upgrade but I didn’t take the time to do this right away. Good Thing by the sounds of it too. I believe I will wait a week or two.. Thanks for the heads up I did also see an upgrade for CommentLuv Any suggestions for this one? Thanks again Chery 🙂

  • The Food Curator Sep 6, 2013, 6:04 am

    Hey Jim, I did update and I have finally got round to backing up via dropbox sync. I will look into backupbuddy based on your advice. Otherwise the update didn’t cause issues 🙂

    • jupiterjim Sep 7, 2013, 12:59 am

      Backup Buddy is the BEST!

  • Lesly Federici Sep 7, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Hi Jim…
    WP just gets better and better. I love it. I remember years ago, back in the early 90’s I wantde to start blogging but you needed to know HTML using WP back in those days, so it’s so easy today to get started.

    • jupiterjim Sep 8, 2013, 11:35 am


      Glad you’re liking WP! Don’t forget to update your WP installation!

  • Silviu Sep 10, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Hi Jim,

    I know about the one week rule. I usually wait for more than a week before updating Wordpress. Also, I check to see what others have experienced with the new version.

    Backup before updating? Sometimes yes. Usually, I forget to do this. All my updates went well.

    I use Wordpress database backup, Export option in wordpress and PhpMyAdmin for the database.

    Have a wonderful day

  • Enstine Muki Sep 14, 2013, 3:34 am

    Hi Jim,
    I do regular backup of my blog and have already moved to the latest version of wp

  • William Amis Sep 20, 2013, 12:05 am

    Hey Jim, we are experiencing some sing-in difficulties being I host my own site. Now, since I updated this take several attempts to sign-in than one can know.

    There are certain times during the day which it will allow access to my Dashboard like it should. Yet, for the last two weeks I can not access it for sometime.

    Would this have to do with updating or something wrong with my hosting area and the upgrade?

  • David Merrill 101 Sep 20, 2013, 8:08 pm

    It’s important, Jim, to keep updated, but it’s important that we do it the right way.

    It’s easy to throw caution to the wind (as I’ve been guilty of far too often) and just click the “update” without taking the time to do the recommended backups.

    Thanks for the good suggestions about backups, and the helpful links to the resources that can help us get the job done right.

    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 5:52 am


      You are so right. It’s soooooo tempting to just throw caution to the wind and hit that “update’ button. I had a problem doing that one time. It scared me! So now I never update without AT least backing up my site first!

      I just have too much to lose with my blog, as do you! You’ve got tons of useful articles on your blog! Hope you enjoy the new place that you and Donna are living!

  • Willena Flewelling Sep 22, 2013, 12:53 am

    I don’t know what I’d do without blogging friends such as you and Kim. I put off updating for the longest time this time, finally updating a week or two ago when Kim sent out an email saying it needed to be done immediately. And it’s folks like you who tell us HOW to do it, because as many bloggers have discovered, you can’t just update without taking precautions first. My blog is updated, and all is well. 🙂


    • jupiterjim Sep 27, 2013, 5:50 am


      I am so glad that Kim and I are able to be of help to you! and Glad your update went well.

  • Abhijit Mahida Dec 8, 2013, 10:13 am

    Hey Jupiter,i loved Wordpress 3.6 but i have to say new 3.7 is more stable and robust.I am getting acquainted to it.Well,the year is ending and i am now waiting for the new WP 2014 theme 🙂

  • Rashmi Jun 26, 2014, 8:12 am

    Great Post thanks friend for sharing  I will be surely coming back to read your latest updates posts..keep sharing such useful information. Thank you so much this is seriously useful for me.

  • Xeeng online Jul 7, 2014, 8:14 pm

    current wp version 3.6. I also feel very happy for my personal blog. wordpress 3.9 now. I have not upgraded the new version. because my database is too big. I was afraid of losing her blog data.

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