Upgrade wordpress quickly in 3 easy steps from UNIX shell prompt

Posted on in Categories Apache, Beyond nixCraft, lighttpd, Linux, UNIX last updated November 27, 2006
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Since I use wordpress as CMS for 2-3 different websites, upgrading wordpress is an essential task for me. Upgrading wordpress from shell prompt is the easiest thing.

Howto update wordpress

Please note that if you are not comfortable with UNIX shell prompt (IF YOU ARE new to UNIX/Linux), please follow traditional way of upgrading wordpress and DO NOT use following instructions 😉

Step # 1: Backup existing database and wordpress directory

Type the following commands at shell prompt:

$ mkdir /backup/wp/28nov2006
$ mysqldump -u user -p WP-DATABASENAME > /backup/wp/28nov2006/blog.db.sql
$ tar -zcvf /backup/wp/28nov2006.tar.gz /var/www/html/blog

Step # 2: Download latest wordpress CMS

$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://wordpress.org/latest.zip
$ unzip latest.zip

Step # 3: Overwrite all new files

$ cd /var/www/html/blog
$ cp -avr /tmp/wordpress/* .
$ rm -rf /tmp/wordpress /tmp/latest.zip

Open a browser and run update script such as http://yourblog.com/wp-admin/upgrade.php

And you are done. Thanks to UNIX shell access. It just took less than 1 minute!!! Replace path names and database name with actual values.

In case, if something goes wrong, you can always restore old database and files from /backup/wp/28nov2006 directory.

PS: I wrote this because some one recently asked me how to upgrade wordpess from command line.