If you are using WordPress, then the first thing you might have noticed while logging into your account will be WordPress 3.5.2 is available! Please update now. Don’t you? And you are eagerly hovering your cursor on the Update now link. Wait a minute! You have to complete some tasks before updating your version.
What’s new with this latest WordPress 3.5.2 version:
The WordPress 3.5.2 is a security and maintenance release which fixed 12 bugs and 7 security issues.
This is the second maintenance release of 3.5, fixing 12 bugs. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. The WordPress security team resolved seven security issues, and this release also contains some additional security hardening.
said by Andrew on his announcement post on WordPress.
This version fixed several bugs such as:
- Blocking server-side request forgery attacks, which could potentially enable an attacker to gain access to a site.
- Disallow contributors from improperly publishing posts or reassigning the post’s authorship.
- An update to the SWFUpload external library to fix cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.
- Prevention of a denial of service attack, affecting sites using password-protected posts.
- An update to an external TinyMCE library to fix a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
- Multiple fixes for cross-site scripting.
- Avoid disclosing a full file path when a upload fails
Checklist for updating your WordPress:
You should have to complete these tasks one by one before proceeding to the next.
- Backup-ing your blog. (IMPORTANT)
- Updating your blog to WordPress 3.5.2.
- Revising your blog and checking for errors.
Backup-ing your blog:
This indeed an essential step to do before updating WordPress. Because the newer version may cause some error which may mess up your blog. Spending few minutes to backup your blog is much better than wasting a day solving errors caused later.
You have to update both Files and Database. Files includes themes, plugins and everything on you root directory and database contains your posts, comments, feedbacks,etc..
To backup your files and database follow the steps given below:
Backup files: You web host may offer manual backup by which your will be backed up and restored with few clicks. You can back up your blog using that backup feature (Preferred)
Just log on to your Cpanel account and go on to your wordpress installation directory. Select your entire file and click “Compress”
The compressed files size may seems to be to too huge because we have back up-ed each and every file on your site.
Backup database: It’s very simple to backup your database, just install this plugin: WP-DB-Backup and backup your database.
Thus you have backup-ed your blog. Now you can proceed to the next step.
Updating your blog to Wordpress 3.5.2:
Updating your blog is simple task to do. Just log on to your Admin panel and click update link provided there.
Revising your blog and checking for any errors:
Check your blog for errors by visiting your blog and your admin area, if you face any errors, contact WordPress support team immediately or post your problem on the WordPress support forums.
I hope you have successfully updated your blog to this latest version. Do share this post to your friends and subscribe to my newsletter and get my posts delivered directly to your inbox.