WordPress update ~ can you help me?

There is, apparently, an update is needed for my WordPress site. If I am using 2.7 or later, it should be a matter of clicking a button. According to WP I go to my dashboard and click updates and it will all happen. However, I can’t see such a button on my dashboard.

So my first question is: Am I looking in the wrong spot? (although I feel like I have looked everywhere.)

If it is not there, my second question is: How do I find out what version of WP I am using? I have searched around and can’t seem to fin the answer to that one either.

If I am using 2.6 or before, then I have to do it manually. The instructions for that look mighty complicated, and I don’t think I can do it. 😦

So, any advice for someone who loves to do the screen stuff, but has no idea how behind the screen works?

[This isn’t the post I thought I would be sending out today….that was a much more interesting one about feather drawings! It will come very soon.]

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. acflory says:

    I think that update may just be for wordpress.org users. I haven’t heard about anything for .com users like us. How did you find out about the update?

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    1. anne54 says:

      I never realised there was a difference. I got the info from the Government’s Stay Smart Online alert service. As well as updates for Apple and Microsoft it said “Popular web and blogging platform WordPress has also advised users to update as soon as possible to the newly released version 4.6.1 which addresses several vulnerabilities”. The link takes me to
      the blog of WordPress.org, so it looks like you are right!! Thanks Meeks, you deserve a gold star! (and I can stop panicking).

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      1. acflory says:

        lol – I’m glad I helped set your mind at ease. This is one of the good things about having our blogs with .com – we get updates as a matter of course. I may not like all-some-many of them but security updates I’m grateful for.

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        1. anne54 says:

          Even though I obviously didn’t know that they were happening, I agree Meeks – the automatic upgrades are a blessing!!

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  2. katechiconi says:

    All of that went whistling straight over my head… Like you, I like the pretty stuff at the front end, but the code is a closed book! Glad I don’t have to start behaving like an intelligent, computer-savvy adult. My Mac would never get over the shock!

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    1. anne54 says:

      And yet, once I knew that I didn’t need to do anything it was easy!!

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  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    I’m useless at screen stuff, but for what it’s worth, WP told me I needed an update or it couldn’t do something or other. But by the time I finished tearing my hair, it had stopped asking for the update and done whatever it was I wanted.

    Mystery.

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    1. anne54 says:

      Isn’t procrastination a wonderful thing? By the time you get around to doing whatever it is, it is often not necessary!

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  4. So glad it is solved – I was a hair-tear response 🙂

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    1. anne54 says:

      I love things that solve themselves without me needing to do anything. 🙂

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  5. I’m also glad it was resolved. I was simply going to ask you whether you get the periodic pop-up ‘Howdy. How can we help?’

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    1. anne54 says:

      No, I don’t get the “Howdy”, but I did see the Happiness Engineers as I was searching around the site. I would have contacted them and Marina says that they have been very helpful. Have you used them?

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      1. I’ve used the Howdy – helpful, but a bit slow

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  6. knettycraft says:

    I suppose only wordpress.org users have to update – because they have the program itself downloaded on their computers – we (who have an xyz.wordpress.com blog) are using the program online, without a download. That means there is nothing we can update.

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    1. anne54 says:

      That makes so much sense. I haven’t downloaded the program, so there is nothing that I need to update. Thank you.

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  7. M. L. Kappa says:

    If in doubt, I always go on line for a chat with one of the Hapiness Engineers; they are incredibly patient with dummies, and explain things in lay mans terms

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    1. anne54 says:

      I saw the happiness Engineers as I was searching for the upgrade button, and I thought it sounded like such a cute thing. I was close to contacting them, but knew that I would get good answers if I sent the problem out to all you wonderful internet friends.

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  8. I’m glad you sorted this out, Anne.

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    1. anne54 says:

      Me too, Alys, without having to do anything!

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  9. Leanne Cole says:

    I have a self host site Anne that uses WordPress.org and I have to update the program from time to time, but when I had the .com site I never had to, so I think you will be fine.

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  10. anne54 says:

    Thanks Leanne. 🙂 I remember when you changed sites, but only now understand what you were actually doing. BTW, I love your photos, and am enjoying them on Instagram too.

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