WordPress 2.5 is set to be released on March 10th. I don’t recommend running out and upgrading right away, since there are no security flaws (yet) in 2.3.3. It is important, however, to keep your WordPress installation up to date. The good news is, most hosts provide a fairly easy means of upgrading without having to mess around with FTP, SQL, or any other 3 letter abbreviations 😀
To get started, log in to your host’s control panel. if you’re hosted on bluehost, you can log in here: login.bluehost.com. From your control panel, look for the Fantastico De Luxe icon:
After you click on that, the Fantastico home page should alert you if your installation is out of date. When you click upgrade, Fantastico will automatically backup your database and your files, in case there’s a problem. The backups will be stored for a month, and you will receive a warning before they are removed.
It’s pretty easy, but if you have any trouble (and you’re a one of our clients) don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we can make sure you’re running the most current version of wordpress.
If you’re hosted on GoDaddy, there a similar (but slightly more complex) process. Click on page 2 to read the directions: