How to update the Joomla! CMS
It is vital that your website is using the latest available version and release of the Joomla! CMS.
You can follow the steps below to update your website's Joomla! CMS.
It is critical that you keep your Joomla! CMS up-to-date. Not doing so may result in your website being exploited by hackers.
Perform a FULL backup of your website (database & files) before you update the Joomla! CMS.
Reason: any one update has the potential to break your website.
Method 1: Install the Update Button
Method 2: UPLOAD and UPDATE Tab
When you select the Install the Update button you should not experience any issues.
But if when you do an update fails to complete, you can try to update the Joomla! CMS using the Upload & Update tab on the Joomla! Update screen.
You may need to use this method if the server hosting your website is behind a firewall, or it is unable to connect with the Joomla! Project's update servers.
This method requires that you download the Joomla Upgrade Package in ZIP format (i.e. a ZIP file) from the official Joomla download page (at joomla.org).
- select the Browse button provided (see next image), and
- select the Upload & Install button
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You may choose one of three alternative installation methods.
- Write files directly (default method).
- Hybrid (use FTP only if needed.
- Write files using FTP.
The Joomla! Project recommend using the default method.
If you see any warning messages (for example, PHP temporary folder is not set) as in the above image, check out our article at the following link.
What if Methods 1 and 2 fail?
Contact your hosting provider's Technical Support to ask them if they can fix the problem for you.
If not then move your website to a different hosting provider.
Reason: Joomla! CMS Updates occur frequently (monthly).
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