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How to Auto-Update Joomla

Being able to automatically update Joomla saves a lot of time and effort. Luckily, this process can be done quite easily from apps like Softaculous, which so happens we have available for web hosting at GreenGeeks.com. Within moments, you can easily update to the newest version of Joomla and continue working on creating an amazing website.

In this Joomla auto update tutorial, I’m going to show you how to quickly upgrade your version through Softaculous. It’s perhaps one of the easiest ways to help keep your site secure and functioning properly.

Before you plan on upgrading, whether it’s the Joomla core or just the plugins and themes in the system, always perform a backup. It’s better than losing data should something happen during file transfers.

Auto Updating Joomla from Softaculous

From cPanel, click the Softaculous Apps Installer link.

cPanel Softaculous

If there is a new version available, Softaculous will display the number of apps that are out of date. Click the button for “Outdated Installations.”

Outdated Installations

Find the installation for Joomla and click the update button. It looks like two circling blue arrows.

Joomla Update Button

Verify the URL and path are correct then click “Upgrade.” It may be worthwhile to click the checkbox under the path to create a backup before upgrading. Although it’s rare that a problem should arise during an update, it’s still a possibility.

Softaculous Upgrade Joomla

Once the files have been updated, click the provided link to continue. This usually only shows up if there are database updates that need completed. Otherwise, your upgrade may be done.

Click Complete Link

Because version 3.7 of Joomla has database upgrades, the link above takes you to Joomla’s admin panel. As you can see, the system is out of date. Click the “Fix” button in the top left hand corner to update the database.

Fix Joomla Database

You will get a notice stating the table structure is up to date. Now, you have the most current version of Joomla.

Auto Updating Joomla from Joomla

Alternatively, you can also upgrade your version of Joomla automatically from within the admin panel. When you first log in, Joomla will tell you there is an update available.

Click the available “Update Now” button within the alert message.

Joomla Update Now

Joomla will then provide the actual link of the update file as well as any other pertinent information for the upgrade. Keep the selection for Write Files Directly and click “Install the Update.”

Joomla Install Update

If there is a database improvement, you may need to fix it as demonstrated in the previous section.

The auto update for Joomla is much easier and faster to use than trying to install the system manually. Depending on the size of the site, it may take less than a few minutes to upgrade to the newest version of the system. Always make sure your applications are current and keep the site protected and operational.

Author: Josh Dargie

My name is Josh Dargie and I’m the Operations Manager at GreenGeeks. I’ve been with the company since 2009. I have over 16 years of experience working with and for various web hosting providers specifically in development, day-to-day operations and customer service.

Updated on April 29, 2017

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