Applications are continuously enhanced and developed to take away bugs or to make them more useful for consumers. Even free and open-source applications like the Drupal content management system are providing their regular updates for consumers. Drupal releases its update after every nine to 12 months. Aside from removing bugs from the former Drupal versions, these updates are also made more enhanced with better features they introduce.
The main reason for a user to do Drupal upgrade is to use the latest version of the application and take advantage of these new features. Aside from upgrading the Drupal application, Drupal sites can also be upgraded so these may use the latest features from the program.
There are four steps in order to upgrade the Drupal website. First, the user must back up his current website and database to make sure that any process will not affect the site’s content. Second, the user should download the zip file of the Drupal upgrade. But before uploading the files to the server, it is important that the user should carefully read and review the instructions and information saved in the UPGRADE.txt file. After that, uploading the new files from Drupal to the site’s server should follow. Then, the update.php script should be run. This will do the automatic update of the database.
Although it may sound so easy to upgrade the Drupal website, some experienced users still find difficulty and frustrations from the process. Inexperienced Drupal users can simply read online tutorials and tips on how to make the Drupal update successful and less frustrating.