There are two methods for updating - the easiest is the one-click update, which will work for most people.If it doesn't work, or you just prefer to be more hands-on, you can follow the manual update process.If you have made any modifications to those files, your changes will be lost.You should always update Word Press to the latest version.Word Press determines what method it will use to connect to the filesystem of your server based on the file ownership of your Word Press files.If the files are owned by the owner of the current process (i.e., the user under which the web server is running), and new files created by Word Press will also be owned by that user, Word Press will directly modify the files all by itself, without asking you for credentials.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.
If you see a "failed update" nag message, delete the file .maintenance from your Word Press directory using FTP. If the one-click upgrade doesn't work for you, don't panic! These are the short instructions, if you want more check out the extended upgrade instructions.(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.Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background.If your site is capable of one-click updates without entering FTP credentials, then your site should be able to update from 3.7 to 3.7.1, 3.7.2, etc.