Upgrading TheCartPress

From time to time you may want to update your TheCartPress plugin to the latest version. You might want to do this because you’ve seen a message telling you that a new release is available, because you’ve been made aware of some useful new functionality, or because a security fix has been released.

Check Requirements

Whatever the reason for updating, before getting started it is best to check the current minimum requirements page first to make sure.

Take a Backup

The next thing to do is to take a backup of your database. All your products and  orders are held in the database, so you will need to have a copy of it in case, for whatever reason, you change your mind after upgrading and need to go back. If you are not sure how to backup your database, then complete instructions can be found in the WordPress Official Site, Backups section of the Codex.

Disable Plugins

The final preparation step is to disable TheCartPress plugins. Now, you don’t have to do this, but every now and again a plugin hasn’t been updated to work with the latest version of TheCartPress, and causes a problem after the upgrade. So, it’s best to try and avoid that, yes? You can easily disable your plugins by heading to the Manage Plugins page in the Dashboard, changing the “Bulk Actions” pull down menu to “Deactivate” and clicking “Apply”.

Ready to Update

Now that you’ve checked that you’re ready to update, you’ve turned off your plugins and you’ve got your backup, it’s time to get started.

There are two methods for updating – the easiest is the Automatic 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.

Automatic Update

Current versions of WordPress (2.7+) feature an Automatic Update. You can launch the automatic Update by clicking the link in the plugins page

. You shouldn’t need to do anything else and, once it’s finished, you will be up-to-date.

If you have customized the files inside the original folder called “templates”, you should not use the automatic upgrade, as it will overwrite your changes – you should use a manual update instead or better do not modify these files in the original location to avoid this, integrate them in your theme folder.

If the automatic upgrade doesn’t work for you, don’t panic, just try a manual update: Download the last version and upload by ftp client:

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